Rudnick's The New Century Plays Final Performance June 8

News   Rudnick's The New Century Plays Final Performance June 8 Paul Rudnick's Manhattan-set series of short plays – The New Century – concludes its limited engagement at Lincoln Center Theater's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater June 8.
Linda Lavin in The New Century.
Linda Lavin in The New Century. Photo by T. Charles Erickson

The New Century began previews Off-Broadway March 20 and officially opened April 14. Upon its closing, the production will have played 92 performances.

Directed by Nicholas Martin, the Rudnick work comprises the individual plays Pride and Joy, Mr. Charles, Currently of Palm Beach, Crafty and The New Century. The limited run stars Peter Bartlett, Jayne Houdyshell, Linda Lavin, Mike Doyle and Christy Pusz.

According to the Lincoln Center website, New Century is described as such: "Linda Lavin is Helene, a Jewish matron from Massapequa and the self-proclaimed 'most loving mother of all time' to her three gay children. Peter Bartlett is the flamboyant Mr. Charles, currently of Palm Beach, described by Mr. Rudnick as 'an aging homosexual hounded out of New York City by younger gay men, who find his flamboyance a threatening throwback to an earlier tougher time.' Mike Doyle plays two roles: Helene's son, the doctor, David, and Shane, Mr. Charles's partner in life and on their cable television show, 'Too Gay.' Jayne Houdyshell is Barbara Ellen, a Midwestern craftswoman and competitive cake-decorator on a visit to New York, and Christy Pusz is Joanne, the cable show's young receptionist."

The New Century features set design by Allen Moyer, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Kenneth Posner and original music and sound design by Mark Bennett.

Rudnick's Regrets Only received its world premiere by the Manhattan Theatre Club under the direction of long-time collaborator Christopher Ashley in 2007. The two previously worked together on The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Valhalla, Rude Entertainment, The Naked Truth and Jeffrey, for which Rudnick won an Obie, Outer Critics Circle and the John Gassner Playwrighting Award. Rudnick has also penned Mr. Charles – Currently of Palm Beach, Pride and Joy, and I Hate Hamlet as well as the screenplays for "Addams Family Values," "Jeffrey" and "In & Out." Nicholas Martin previously directed the Lincoln Center Theater productions of Observe The Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, John Guare's Chaucer in Rome and Arthur Laurents' The Time of the Cuckoo.

Jayne Houdyshell in <i>The New Century</i>.
Jayne Houdyshell in The New Century. Photo by T. Charles Erickson