Women's Project Sets Premiere from Sex With Strangers' Laura Eason for New Slate

News   Women's Project Sets Premiere from Sex With Strangers' Laura Eason for New Slate The Women's Project Theater, now under the artistic leadership of Lisa McNulty, has announced plans to produce the world premiere of Sex With Strangers playwright Laura Eason's The Undeniable Sound of Right Now as part of its 2014-15 season.

Producing artistic director McNulty and interim executive producer Jessica R. Jenen, who are now at the helm of the organization after the abrupt ouster of former producing artistic director Julie Crosby in June, announced the four-production season Sept. 18.

The Women's project also revealed plans to partner with Ensemble Studio Theater, New Georges and Rattlestick Playwrights' Theater on three of the offerings on its slate.

"I couldn’t be more excited to share the four incredible productions by these fiercely brilliant women," McNulty said in a statement. "The work this season offers us journeys as varied as the dazzling and diverse imaginations of the women taking us on them. It's so gratifying to present such wonderful work from WP artists, both familiar and new, and to expand our programming for our audiences."

The season opens Oct. 1-26 with Cori Thomas' When January Feels Like Summer, directed by Daniella Topol. It will be staged at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, where it premiered earlier this year.

"Presided over by the Hindu god Ganesh, a pair of teenagers become unexpected avengers, an immigrant accountant finds his inner Indira, and two stifled romantics begin to stumble toward each other during one strangely warm winter in Central Harlem where change (climate and otherwise) hangs in the air." Kate Benson's A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes will run Jan. 13-Feb. 7, 2015, at City Center in partnership with New Georges. Lee Sunday Evans will direct.

"For those of you just tuning in, Thanksgiving is already in progress here at Wembly kitchen. The stands are nice and full, it’s quite a crowd that’s gathered. While a repeat of the Gravy Boat Episode of 1979 may not be in the offing, I think we can expect a flatware fumble or two, until everyone’s in a turkey stupor, contemplating pie. And all the while a Herd of Great GrandBabies is amassing under the table in this dark and witty exploration of how family is played, over time and memory and through generations."

Tanya Barfield's Bright Half Life, directed by Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman (Violet, Chinglish), will receive its world premiere Feb. 15-March 22 at City Center.

"Erica meets Vicki. Vicki marries Erica. Lives collide. Rewind. Pause. Fast forward. A kaleidoscopic new play about love, skydiving, and the infinite moments that make a life together."

The final production will be The Undeniable Sound of Right Now from playwright and "House of Cards" writer Eason, who earned acclaim for the recent Off-Broadway production of her comedy Sex with Strangers. Kirsten Kelly will direct the March 18-May 3 world premiere at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.

"It's 1992. Hank is struggling to keep his legendary rock club going amid changing times and changing tastes. When his beloved daughter, Lena, starts dating a rising star DJ, Hank must contend with the destructive power of the next big thing."

For more information visit WPTheater.org or phone (212) 765-1706.

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