Stranger(s) on a Plane: New Lucas Drama Opens Oct. 17 at OB's Vineyard

News   Stranger(s) on a Plane: New Lucas Drama Opens Oct. 17 at OB's Vineyard Anyone who caught Craig Lucas' The Dying Gaul at the Vineyard Theatre knows the playwright's newest drama, Stranger is no Prelude to a Kiss. In this dark and violent tale of two people who meet on a plane trip from Philadelphia to Seattle, one of the two stars, Kyra Sedgwick or David Strathairn, has a secret - a 15 year prison term for a terrible crime.

Anyone who caught Craig Lucas' The Dying Gaul at the Vineyard Theatre knows the playwright's newest drama, Stranger is no Prelude to a Kiss. In this dark and violent tale of two people who meet on a plane trip from Philadelphia to Seattle, one of the two stars, Kyra Sedgwick or David Strathairn, has a secret - a 15 year prison term for a terrible crime.

Stranger opens its world premiere production at the Vineyard Oct. 17. Performances began Sept. 27 for a run through Nov. 19, a two week extension from the originally announced Nov. 5. How I Learned to Drive's Mark Brokaw directs.

Sedgwick's New York theatre work includes her star turn as Olivia in Lincoln Center's Twelfth Night, a Theatre World Award-winning performance in Ah, Wilderness!, Not Waving and Maids of Honour . In Oleanna, she garnered both the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and Drama-Logue Award. Sedgwick is also a film actress ("Phenomenon," "Something to Talk About") and is married to filmdom's Kevin Bacon (i.e., zero degrees of separation).

Most recently Off-Broadway in Harold Pinter's Ashes to Ashes, Strathairn's Broadway and Off-Broadway roles have featured Three Sisters, Hapgood, Fen and Blue Plate Special. Also a film actor, he can be seen in "L.A. Confidential," "Simon Birch," "Bob Roberts" and "Passion Fish."

Strangers is Lucas' second drama to play the Vineyard; his The Dying Gaul had a successful world premiere there in 1998. Lucas' other work includes God's Heart, Prelude to a Kiss, "Longtime Companion" and "Reckless." He is currenly at work on This Thing of Darkness with co-writer David Shulner. Also in the cast are David Harbour and Julianne Nicholson.

For ticket information on the Vineyard Theatre, call (212) 353-3366. The Vineyard is located at 108 E. 15th Street.

-- By Christine Ehren