Long Wharf Season Includes Premieres by Joe DiPietro and Dael Orlandersmith

By Adam Hetrick
06 May 2014

The Long Wharf Theatre will stage the world premiere of Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro's The Second Mrs. Wilson as part of its 50th anniversary season, which will also include the world premiere of Dael Orlandersmith's Forever.



The season will open with Thornton Wilder's Our Town, helmed by artistic director Gordon Edelstein (Oct. 9-Nov. 2). Edelstein will also stage the Steve Martin comedy Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Nov. 26-Dec. 21).

Neel Keller will helm the premiere of Orlandersmith's Forever (Jan. 2-Feb. 1, 2015). According to Long Wharf, "Harlem, Père Lachaise Cemetery, rock 'n' roll, Jim Morrison, Richard Wright, poetry and ghosts. Celebrated playwright/performer Dael Orlandersmith returns to Long Wharf Theatre for a limited world premiere run of her newest play, Forever. Forever is a riveting and masterful piece about family — the ones we were born into, the ones we create for ourselves — and the legacies that shape us all."

Harmon's acclaimed Off-Broadway comedy Bad Jews, about two cousins whose level of faith is tested over a coveted family heirloom, follows (Feb. 18-March 22). Kimber Lee's brownsville song (b-side for tray), which was recently presented at the Humana Festival of New Plays, will follow (March 25-April 19). Eric Ting will stage the co-production with the Philadelphia Theatre Company about an 18-year-old boy whose life is cut short after an act of senseless violence.

The final production of the season will be The Second Mrs. Wilson, penned by Memphis Tony winner Joe DiPietro, which will be directed by Edelstein (May 6-31). According to Long Wharf, "1919. In the aftermath of World War I, First Lady Edith Wilson believes her new husband, President Woodrow Wilson, was put on earth by God to prevent future cataclysms and build a League of Nations, assuring peace across the globe. When her husband’s health is threatened, Edith takes unprecedented steps, including keeping the Vice President and the Congress at bay, to assure that their dream will come to pass. Asserting her own will in the old boys’ club of Washington, D.C., the First Lady protects her husband while claiming a slice of power for herself. The Second Mrs. Wilson chronicles a unique incident in United States history with intrigue and excitement."

Subscriptions are now on sale. Single tickets will go on sale Aug. 4. For more information about the 50th anniversary season, visit longwharf.org or call (203) 787-4282.