Dinner with Friends, the Pulitzer-Prize winning drama, will receive productions next season at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta and California's Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Old Globe Theatre, playwright Donald Margulies told Playbill On-Line.
A previous Pulitzer nominee on two occasions, Margulies finally took home the coveted award yesterday, for the Off-Broadway hit Dinner with Friends. The play, which has also claimed the Lucille Lortel Award for best play, is currently at the Variety Arts Theatre.
Margulies also said that the prospect of a London production was being discussed.
A commercial mounting of Dinner with Friends is also due for Chicago. Producer Mitchell Maxwell, one of the producers of the Donald Margulies play, told Playbill On-Line (March 17) he was in the last stages of purchasing Chicago's Royal George Theatre, a posh, 440-seat commercial presenting house just north of the downtown.
"We have an agreement to buy the Royal George," said Maxwell. "The deal should be completed within 30 days." The theatre is currently owned by the Reading Corporation. Maxwell could not say for certain whether Dinner with Friends would be the first show he would bring to the Royal George, but he thought it likely the show would arrive in the house in the near future.
Berkeley Rep could not confirm that Dinner was part of their upcoming schedule; a season announcement is due by the end of April. The Alliance was unavailable for comment. The Old Globe had not yet decided on dates for the drama.
For tickets and information on Dinner With Friends at the Variety Arts Theatre call (212) 239-6200.
-- By Robert Simonson