Foote, Guare and Kennedy have all been recipients of season-long Signature tributes in the past. The August Wilson season will now begin in fall 2006 with a new production of Two Trains Running, the Signature announced. The season will also feature a new play by Wilson; Wilson's one-man show How I Learned What I Learned; and a marathon reading of all the dramas that make up his decade-by-decade examination of African-American life during the 20th century. The latter will include many of the cast members and artists from the original productions.
The 2005-06 line-up, called by the company the "Signature Series," meanwhile, will start with Horton Foote's most famous work, A Trip to Bountiful, directed by Harris Yulin, in November; continue with Guare's seldom seen 1977 play Landscape of the Body, directed by Michael Grief, in February; and also include a staging reading of Kennedy's adaptation of the Flaubert novel "Madame Bovary."
The roster is somewhat reminiscent of the Signature's 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons, when the company staged a single play by each playwright it had previously honored with a season.
In other news, the troupe announced that tickets that every ticket for the Wilson season would be priced at $15. The low price is the result of an arrangement with corporate sponsor Time Warner.