At a Nov. 3 gala, Abingdon will honor legendary writer-director-actress June Havoc with a theatre in her name at the company's complex on West 36th Street.
The not-for-profit troupe, run by artistic directors Jan Buttram and Pamela Paul and managing director Samuel J. Bellinger, will present five new plays in 2003-04.
On the Mainstage, Abingdon offers Beyond Recognition, a world-premiere drama about a notorious Central Park beating, by journalist John Petrick, and the New York premiere of Ann Noble's award-winning The Pagans.
On Stage II, Margaret Hunt's The Maginot Line, artistic director Jan Buttram's Texas Homos and a developing play to be announced will be staged.
Founded in 1993, New York City's Abingdon Theatre Company develops and produces new plays by American writers. For more information, visit www.abingdon nyc.org. Abingdon's 2003-2004 season includes:Beyond Recognition by John Petrick, directed by Kate Bushmann (Mainstage Oct. 17-Nov. 23). From the award-winning author of Abingdon's sold-out newspaper drama, The Appearance of Impropriety. "A therapist suddenly recalls the circumstances of his brutal and notorious Central Park beating. Though New Yorkers and his lover cheered on his miraculous survival, the memory of the violent event now threatens everything — including his own sense of self."The Pagans by Ann Noble, directed by Stephen Hollis (Mainstage Feb. 27-April 4, 2004). "The eldest son's return to County Clare, Ireland, with his sleek American wife throws the Riordan family into turmoil. Resentments and rivalries surface." Winner of Chicago's Jefferson Award for New Work, Ann Noble "tackles faith, loyalty and trust with a strong sense of humor, introducing us to eight colorful, headstrong personalities."The Maginot Line by Margaret Hunt (Stage II Sept. 19-28). "Join an aristocratic lawyer, her pregnant daughter, a flamboyant caterer and a crime reporter for Christmas Eve gone awry in Albany, New York. When police find Mack McGrath's partner mysteriously dead in a local hotel, the search for her killer unwraps more than the usual holiday surprises — one sexy detective, pounds of panettone and years of betrayal."Texas Homos by Jan Buttram (Stage II Jan. 23- Feb. 1, 2004). From the award-winning writer of The Parker Family Circus. "In the hilarious aftermath of a police sting operation in a public restroom, three men face the music as the morning paper announces their arrests. A prominent doctor, a Methodist preacher and a young wannabe-superstar dispute the true details of their encounters as their lawyer prepares for Monday's arraignment."
A new play to be announced (Stage II May 14-23, 2004). "For a third season, Abingdon and the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry team up to offer one of New York's emerging playwrights the opportunity to develop a new American play. Past shows include John Yearley's Bruno Hauptmann Kissed My Forehead and Ryan Michael Teller's Sucker Fish Messiah. Performances play at the new Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, 312 W. 36th Street, between Eight and Ninth Avenues, on the First Floor. For tickets and information, call (212) 868-4444.