Works by Duffy and Axler Set for Women's Project Season

News   Works by Duffy and Axler Set for Women's Project Season The Women's Project will stage the world premieres of Or and Smudge as well as a third main stage production to be announced as part of its 2009-2010 season Off-Broadway.

Producing artistic director Julie Crosby has announced that the Women's Project will increase its seasonal programming from two to three main stage productions in the coming season, which will also feature the Hothouse workshop of Joy Tomasko's Talk Soon in March 2010.

The first production of the new season will be Liz Duffy's Or. Directed by Wendy McClelland, the production will run Oct. 29-Nov. 22 and will feature a design team including Jennifer Moeller (set design), Andrea Lauer (costume design), Deb Sullivan (lighting design) and Elizabeth Rhodes (sound design).

Or, according to press notes, is described as such: "Aphra Behn is getting out of the spy trade and into show biz, if she can only write her play without interruptions from her love life - celebrity Nell Gwynne, King Charles II, and double-agent William Scott, among others. While war rages and Aphra and her friends celebrate free love, cross-dressing and pastoral lyricism, the 1660s start to look a lot like the 1960s. Verse or prose, now or then, love or death... and a lot of kissing."

The New Year will launch with the premiere of Rachel Axler's Smudge, under the direction of Pam MacKinnon. The production will run Jan. 3-Feb. 7, 2010 at the Women's Project.

Smudge is described as "a dark comedy about the changing face of the American family and the limits of love and cheesecake, as a hopeful young couple gives birth to a smudge." The third main stage production will run April-May 2010. Crosby will announce that final season entry later this summer.

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