The Royal Court has announced its forthcoming summer 2002 season, featuring The Night Heron by Jez Butterworth, The People Are Friendly by Michael Wynne, Kosher Harry by Nick Grosso, Where Do We Live by Christopher Shinn and Mother Teresa Is Dead by Helen Edmundson.
The Night Heron is Jez Butterworth's second play for the Royal Court following his first play, Mojo (1995), which won a clutch of awards including the Olivier Award for Best Comedy and was subsequently made into a film starring Aiden Gillen. The sighting of a rare bird attracts the world's attention to a remote part of the Fens. The visiting bird watchers do not know what dangers lie in the freezing darkness of the marshes. Directed by Royal Court Artistic Director Ian Rickson, the cast includes Ray Winstone (April 11 - May 11).
The People Are Friendly by Michael Wynne was commissioned by the Royal Court and is directed by Dominic Cooke. After 12 years in London, Michelle is looking for a fresh start and has bought a large house overlooking the empty shipyards of Birkenhead where she grew up. Michelle invites her family for a homecoming celebration, but the barbecue will not light, the family hates stuffed vine leaves, and her sister thinks there's a ghost. Old conflicts are reignited, and she realizes that her new life may not be as perfect as she had planned (June 7 - July 6).
Kosher Harry is Nick Grosso's fourth play for the Royal Court. Previous plays include Peaches (1994), Sweetheart (1996) and Real Classy Affair (1998). This latest play will be directed by comic actress Kathy Burke. An abrasive cabbie with a foul mouth, a lonely old woman in a wheelchair who can't hear a thing, and the world's worst waitress are joined in their north London kosher bar by a man with no name who takes them on at their own game (April 18- May 11). Where Do We Live by Christopher Shinn will be directed by Richard Wilson. In New York's lower Manhattan, Stephen spends most of his time writing and noticing his neighbors, although his rich boyfriend — into clubs and drugs — thinks Stephen should avoid the people next door. But he wants to know as much as possible because they are his neighbors. Christopher Shinn's previous plays for the Royal Court include the premieres of Four (1998) and Other People (2000), which have subsequently been produced in New York and Chicago (May 17 - June 8).
Mother Teresa Is Dead is Helen Edmundson's first play for the Royal Court. She received the John Whiting Award and the Time Out Theatre Award for The Clearing (Bush) and has written adaptations of Mill On the Floss and Anna Karenina for Shared Experience. Mark arrives in a village near Madras to try and find his wife and find out why she abandoned her young son to look after children in India. And what is in the bag she's been holding on to? Madras is hot, dusty and poor and a long way from their comfortable life in London. Directed by Simon Usher, the production is supported by the Royal Court Production Syndicate scheme (June 20 - July 13).