Howe, who is currently premiering her one-woman play such small hands (starring Elizabeth Franz) at Syracuse Stage, has written adaptations of Eugene Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano (originally titled The Bald Prima Donna) and The Lesson. Both plays, which explore “the paradoxical relationship of language to reality,” will be presented on a double-bill during the Atlantic’s upcoming season.
A spokesperson for the theatre company confirmed the news, although no other information — including production dates or casting — is available at this time.
The Bald Soprano, Ionesco's first play (1950) and arguably his best known, is one of the totems of absurdist drama. It features two couples spouting commonplace conversational phrases and observations, made nonsensical through endless repetition and heightened robotic delivery. The play was inspired by an English phrase book. The Lesson was written the following year, 1951.
Playwright Howe received a 1987 Best Play Tony nomination for Coastal Disturbances, which played Circle in the Square Theatre. She has also penned The Nest, Birth and After Birth, Museum, The Art of Dining, Painting Churches, Approaching Zanzibar, One Shoe Off, Pride’s Crossing and Rembrandt’s Gift.
The Atlantic Theater Company is currently presenting the world premiere of Woody Allen’s Writer’s Block, which officially opens May 15. The Atlantic is located at 336 West 20th Street; for more information visit www.atlantictheater.org.