Primary Stages Ends Season with Tony Winner; Lines Up New with McNally and Grodin

News   Primary Stages Ends Season with Tony Winner; Lines Up New with McNally and Grodin While Willy Holtzman's Sabina currently plays on its Off-Broadway stage, Primary Stages prepares its 20th season finale and next year's forthcoming shows.
Terrence McNally
Terrence McNally Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Ending this 20th anniversary season for the Off-Broadway troupe will be Lee Blessing's Going to St. Ives, beginning March 16 at Primary Stage's home venue at 59E59 Theaters. Maria Mileaf directs.

Tony Award winner L. Scott Caldwell (Joe Turner's Come and Gone) will star in the work about a "mother of a monstrous dictator in sub-Saharan Africa [who] visits an English eye surgeon." Caldwell, who has a recurring role on ABC's "Lost," has also been on Broadway in Proposals, A Month of Sundays and Home.

Primary Stages also announced it will launch its 2005-2006 season in July with the New York premiere of Terrence McNally's Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams. Michael Morris directs the work which debuted at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Aug. 2004. The work, as the scribe told Playbill.com, is "about a couple who live in upstate New York. On the weekends, they run, manage and produce a small children's theatre which does things like Puss in Boots and Alice and Wonderland. They are given an opportunity to take over an old abandoned, decaying theatre which was once on the vaudeville circuit. And these people become candidates." He added that the play is about "what price they're willing to pay to have their own theatre."

The new season will then continue with the east coast premiere of Charles Grodin's The Right Kind of People, directed by Chris Smith — artistic director of San Francisco's Magic Theatre, where the work debuted Nov. 2004. The work, based on actor-writer Grodin's real-life service on a co-op board, follows the fashionable Fifth Avenue committee on their decisions motivated (or not) by race, gender, and social status.

Tickets and subscriptions to Primary Stages' shows at the 59E59 Theaters, at 59 East 59th Street, can be purchased by calling (212-279-4200) or at the box office. For more information, visit www.primarystages.com.