Austin Pendleton will direct the Oct. 7-Nov. 6 season opener, War in Paramus, playing Abingdon's Mainstage, the June Havoc Theatre, 312 West 36th St. in Manhattan. Set in the New Jersey suburbs of 1970, the dark comedy "centers around a teenage girl's rebellion for her independence in the shadow of the Vietnam War."
Yellen, who wrote the libretto for Broadway's The Rothschilds, will see his December Fools reign Jan. 27-Feb. 26, 2006 at the Havoc. Donald Brenner directs the play the about the daughter of a legendary composer and how she accidentally discovers long-held family secrets buried in a desk drawer.
In the May-June 2006 mainstage slot will be the New York premiere of Mary Willard's Elvis and Juliet, directed by Yvonne Conybeare in the June Havoc Theatre. The production will star Fred Willard ("Best in Show," "A Mighty Wind," TV's "Everybody Loves Raymond"). In it, Juliet Jones and Elvis Lesley, are "star-cross'd lovers whose upcoming marriage brings together their ne'er more opposite families: she's from conservative suburbanites, he from a flamboyant Vegas clan whose idol is none other than The King himself."
Three plays will be seen in Abingdon Theatre Company's Stage II series, which nurtures brand-new works still in development, presented in the smaller, intimate space of the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre.
In the Arms of Baby Jesus by Michèle Raper Rittenhouse and directed by Carole Mansley, plays Sept. 9-5. Patti Mariano (42nd Street, The Full Monty) is featured in the drama by Abingdon's Witter Bynner Playwright-in-Residence. "Set in 1988 during the Tompkins Square Park gentrification riots, three lives touched by tragedy during the Vietnam War intertwine in an East Village apartment." Daniella Uses Dirty Words by Matthew Moses and directed by Kim T. Sharp plays the Strelsin Nov. 4-20. In the comedy, "no subject is too taboo for Daniella, a Brooklyn teenager who just can't refrain from speaking her mind on sex, religion, race and more, much to the chagrin of her mother, boyfriend, school principal and classmates."
The final Stage II production of the season, which will take place April 21-May 7, 2006 in the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, is reserved for a new script-in-development from an up-and-coming American playwright.
Tickets for these shows will be available via SmartTix at (212) 868-4444. For more information, call Abingdon Theatre Company at (212) 868-2055 or visit www.abingdontheatre.org.
Abingdon Theatre Company "was founded in 1993 by five artists with one common goal—to develop and produce new plays exclusively by American playwrights. Under the artistic direction of Jan Buttram and Pamela Paul, and managing direction of Samuel J. Bellinger, Abingdon utilizes First Readings, Staged Readings, Workouts, Stage II Productions and Mainstage Productions to develop scripts, and provides a safe home in which playwrights collaborate with other theatre artists and receive audience feedback."