Artistic director Mark Lamos announced Aug. 3 the five plays that would comprise the historic playhouse's 80th season.
Christopher Durang's comedy Beyond Therapy will open the season, running April 26-May 14, 2011. Tony Award-winning director John Rando will helm the production, which is described as such: "After a disastrous first date, Bruce and Prudence seek solace in therapy—despite both their therapists being stark raving mad. And that’s only the beginning of their problems. In Durang’s topsy-turvy world, life is a ceaseless parade of sexual mix-ups, relationship neurosis and a serious lack of impulse control."
Following will be W. Somerset Maugham's The Circle, running June 7-25, 2011. "Many years ago, Lord Champion-Cheney was abandoned by his wife, a legendary beauty," according to press notes. "Now his son Arnold, a politician and rising star, is having marital problems of his own. Is history destined to repeat itself?"
Lamos will stage McNally's Lips Together, Teeth Apart, which will run July 12-30, 2011, and is the "story of two couples who gather at a Fire Island beach house to celebrate the Fourth of July. Anxious about their impending middle age, and wary of the world’s hidden threats, they fortify themselves against life’s disappointments with food, drink, and an escalating series of wry observations and stinging barbs."
David Kennedy will stage Williams' intimate drama Suddenly Last Summer from Aug. 23-Sept. 10, 2011. "A handsome poet has died under mysterious circumstances, and only the beautiful young woman who was there knows the shocking and terrible truth of what happened. Will she tell her story no matter the consequences, or succumb to the pressure to protect the legacy of an influential and powerful family?" The final offering will be Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Lamos will also stage the production that will run Oct. 11-29, 2011, and concerns "a young lady cast ashore after a violent shipwreck [who] finds herself thrust into an adventure of cross-dressing, sexual confusion, mistaken identity and the flowering of romantic love. A story of passionate intensity, full of laughter, poetry and song…"
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