Off-Broadway’s Primary Stages has unveiled its 2018–2019 season programming. The lineup includes an evening of one-acts by A.R. Gurney; a new play by Theresa Rebeck starring real-life siblings Tyne and Tim Daly (appearing onstage in New York together for the first time); the New York premiere of Leah Nanako Winkler’s God Said This; and Kate Hamill’s adaptation of Little Women.
Kicking off the season in September will be Final Follies, three one-act plays (The Love Course, The Rape of Bunny Stuntz, and Final Follies) by the late Gurney directed by David Saint. Performances will run through October with dates and casting to be announced in the future.
In November, Tony and Emmy Award winner Tyne Daly and Emmy nominee Tim Daly will reprise their roles in Rebeck’s Downstairs, a family drama which premiered at Vermont's Dorset Theatre Festival last year. The real-life siblings will play a brother and sister grappling with the burden of their family’s troublesome history. Adrienne Campbell-Holt, who helmed the world premiere, directs a cast that also includes John Procaccino; performances will run through December.
In the new year, Primary Stages will present God Said This, a new play by Nanako Winkler, which is currently receiving its world-premiere production at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. The funny new drama follows the lives of five Kentuckians facing mortality in very different ways. Morgan Gould will direct the limited engagement (January–February 2019).
Next spring, the company will welcome back playwright and actor Hamill (Pride and Prejudice) for her stage adaptation of Little Women, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott. Sarna Lapine will direct the limited run, scheduled to close out the season May–June.
“For the past few seasons, the Primary Stages family has been exploring what it means to be a true home for our artists and our patrons,” says Primary Stages Artistic Director Andrew Leynse in a statement. “At the same time, the very question of where and what we each call ‘home’ has become a front-and-center debate, locally and abroad. What defines a home? Where do we feel most at home? We hope our new season will answer some of those questions.”
All productions will be staged in the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street). Subscriptions are available at PrimaryStages.org or by calling OvationTix at (212) 352-3101.