Complete details for the Feb. 6-March 15, 2009, production have been announced. Tickets for the comedy directed by Walter Bobbie go on sale Jan. 14, 2009. Opening is March 3.
Smith penned Psych and The Uneasy Chair (Playwrights Horizons), Remedial English (Young Playwrights Festival at Playwrights Horizons) and Servicemen (The New Group).
Directed by Tony Award winner Bobbie (Chicago, New Jerusalem), in his Playwrights Horizons debut, the production will play Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street).
As previously announced, the cast will feature five-time Tony Award nominee and three-time Obie Award winner Dana Ivey (Driving Miss Daisy, Sunday in the Park with George and Smith's The Uneasy Chair at Playwrights Horizons, plus The Rivals, Butley), Obie Award winner Reed Birney (The Butterfly Collection, Pen and Gemini at Playwrights Horizons; the current hit Blasted; Bug; "Gossip Girl"), Drama Desk Award winner Marylouise Burke (Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Is He Dead? and the revival of Into the Woods) and Kellie Overbey (Betty's Summer Vacation at Playwrights Horizons, The Coast of Utopia, Good Boys and True). According to Playwrights Horizons, "When susceptible Catholic spinster Margaret (Marylouise Burke) politely admits door-to-door Pentecostal missionary Melissa (Kellie Overbey) into her home, her seemingly-solid faith starts to waver — much to the chagrin of her feisty sister Mary (Dana Ivey). But who's the blasphemer and who's the believer? Before long, the God-fearing sisters have ambushed their steadfast 'guest' with the aid of an unsuspecting local priest (Reed Birney), setting the scene for a smackdown of truly biblical proportions."
Production stage manager is Robyn Henry.
The performance schedule for The Savannah Disputation will be Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2:30 & 8 PM and Sundays at 2:30 & 7:30 PM. There will be an additional Monday night performance on March 2 at 8 PM.
Tickets are $65. Tickets may be purchased online via TicketCentral.com, by phone at (212) 279-4200 (noon-8 PM daily), or in person at the Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues) or visit playwrightshorizons.com.
A ticketing initiative created last season as part of the theatre company's Arts Access program, LIVEforFIVE makes available $5 tickets for the first preview performance of each Playwrights Horizons production through a lottery via the company's website. The LIVEforFIVE lottery for The Savannah Disputation will be for tickets to the first preview on Feb. 6 at 8 PM. For details about this and other discounts, visit www.playwrightshorizons.org.