Stagers Find Work in New Weitz Comedy Show People, Readying for Off-Broadway

News   Stagers Find Work in New Weitz Comedy Show People, Readying for Off-Broadway Second Stage Theatre has announced the world premiere Paul Weitz comedy it previously promised. The work titled Show People will begin March 14, 2006.
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Peter Askin reteams with the author of last season's Privilege to direct the work at the Off-Broadway company's home in the new year. Opening night is scheduled for April 5, a production spokesperson confirmed to Playbill.com.

Show People centers on two Broadway actors — Jerry and Marnie — who have not trod the boards in years until Jerry insists they take on a "risqué job for a rich young New York banker," according to show materials.

Weitz brought his last stagework, Privilege, to Second Stage last season. His previous Off-Broadway work includes Roulette starring Larry Bryggman, Anna Paquin and Ana Gasteyer as well as Mango Tea with Marisa Tomei and Rob Morrow. The scribe is also known for his work on such films as "In Good Company," "About A Boy" and "American Pie."

Askin last staged Weitz's Privilege and Jonathan Reynolds' Dinner with Demons for Second Stage. Other directorial credits include Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Good Body, Trumbo, John Leguizamo's Sexaholix, Spic-O-Rama and Mambo Mouth as well as Dael Orlandersmith's Monster, Beauty's Daughter and The Gimmick.

Second Stage Theatre currently presents the revival of Charles Fuller's A Soldier’s Play with Taye Diggs, Anthony Mackie, Steven Pasquale and James McDaniel through Nov. 27. Next up, the world premiere of Douglas Carter Beane's comedy The Little Dog Laughed will play Dec. 13-Jan. 29, 2006 followed by Theresa Rebeck's The Water's Edge starring Kate Burton, Austin Lysy and Tony Goldwyn.

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