The new work, which will play at the company's Stage II, is slated to open Feb. 2, 2005.
Rag and Bone is the story of "two brothers mourning the death of their mother [who] struggle to make ends meet with the family ladder store," according to show materials. "While unwitting Jeff builds a ladder to Heaven, George uses the store as a front for the Black Market sale of human hearts — harvested from unsuspecting innocents and transplanted into the highest bidder."
Director Landau, currently at work on Of Thee I Sing at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse, is the writer and director of Theatrical Essays (Steppenwolf), Beauty (La Jolla Playhouse), Space (NYSF/Public), Floyd Collins (Playwrights Horizons) and Dream True (Vineyard). The Steppenwolf Theater ensemble member has also staged the 2001 Broadway revival of Bells Are Ringing and is slated to direct The Cherry Orchard at Steppenwolf and Kirsten Child's new musical The Miracle Brothers at the Vineyard Theatre
Haidle was a Lila Acheson Wallace playwright-in-residence at The Juilliard School in New York City and graduated from Princeton University in the spring of 2001. His Kitty Kitty Kitty played at the recent inaugural Summer Play Festival in New York City and his Mr. Marmalade, which premiered at South Coast Repertory Theatre, is slated for the Roundabout Theatre's 2005-2006 season, as directed by Michael Mayer. Julia Cho's B.F.E. and a play to be announced will complete the trio of new works to be presented at Long Wharf's New American Voices Festival. The Cho work will be staged by artistic director Gordon Edelstein, April 13 – May 1, 2005. A third work TBA will fill the March 16 – April 3, 2005 slot.
Tickets to Rag and Bone at the Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive in New Haven, CT are available to subscribers. Single tickets will be available Jan. 3, 2005 by calling (203) 787-4282. For more information visit www.LongWharf.org.