NYC's Signature Will Produce Edward Albee's Laying An Egg in "All-Premiere" Season, With August Wilson, Will Eno and More

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13 Mar 2013

Signature Theatre, the Off-Broadway company known for focusing on one playwright-in-residence per season, as well as works by alumni writers and a unit of new playwrights, will produce an "all-premiere" season — New York premieres and world premieres — in 2013-14.



Edward Albee, Regina Taylor, David Henry Hwang, Martha Clarke, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Will Eno, August Wilson are the dramatists represented.

Signature's current Residency One initiative featuring works of Hwang continues in fall 2013 with the premiere of Kung Fu.

The Legacy Program, for alumni writers, will feature 1993-94 Signature alumnus Albee's Laying An Egg and August Wilson's How I Learned What I Learned.

The Residency Five Program will world-premiere Regina Taylor's --- and potatoes and Cheri, conceived, directed and choreographed by Martha Clarke. It will give the New York premieres of a new play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and a new play by Will Eno.

This is Signature's first all-premiere season in more than a decade. Signature's home is at the three-venue Pershing Square Signature Center on West 42nd Street.

Here's the 2013-14 Signature season at a glance:

RESIDENCY ONE – DAVID HENRY HWANG SERIES

Kung Fu
World Premiere
Directed by Leigh Silverman
Winter/Spring 2014
The Irene Diamond Stage

"In Kung Fu, a play which incorporates dance and music into an exciting new form, a young martial artist comes to America from Hong Kong in the 1960s with a dream as audacious as his talent: to become the biggest movie star in the world. To do so, he must struggle to overcome the West's view of China as weak and backwards, and of Asian men as less than truly masculine."

LEGACY PROGRAM

Edward Albee's Laying An Egg
World Premiere
Directed by David Esbjornson
Summer 2013
The Irene Diamond Stage

"Faced with a domineering mother, an adoring husband, and the damning conditions of her late father's will, a middle-aged woman renews her vow to get pregnant with chaotic results."

How I Learned What I Learned
New York Premiere
By August Wilson
Directed by Todd Kreidler
Fall 2013
The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre
Featuring Ruben Santiago-Hudson

"In this one man show, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson shares stories about his first few jobs, a stint in jail, an early relationship, his first kiss, his foray into cinema, and the friends he has had his entire life. Directed by long-time collaborator Todd Kreidler and featuring Ruben Santiago-Hudson, director of the acclaimed The Piano Lesson, How I Learned What I Learned charts one man's journey of self-discovery through adversity, and what it means to be a black artist in America."

RESIDENCY FIVE

---- and potatoes
World Premiere
Written and directed by Regina Taylor
Summer 2013
The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre

"Chicago book publisher Alex Ames loves the challenge and stability of his daily crossword puzzle, but now he must face the real-life challenge of how to adapt his business in the rapidly changing digital age. Struggling to find his purpose in the world, Alex begins to look for clues of his own identity as a husband, businessman, and an African American. A new play from Residency Five playwright Regina Taylor, ---- and potatoes asks how we stay true to ourselves and our history in a time when knowledge is fast becoming a fluid commodity."

Cheri
World Premiere
Conceived, Directed and Choreographed by Martha Clarke
Based on the novel by Colette
Fall 2013
The Irene Diamond Stage

"Inspired by the classic 1920 novella by controversial French author Colette, Cheri is Martha Clarke's newest interdisciplinary work, an exciting fusion of theatre, live music, and dance featuring American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Herman Cornejo, prima ballerina assoluta Alessandra Ferri, actor Suzanne Bertish, pianist Sarah Rothenberg, and text by Tina Howe. This tragic story of forbidden love between a young man and an older woman in Belle Époque Paris is a timeless, powerful exploration of sensuality, love, and our preoccupations with youth and age."

A New Play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
New York Premiere
Winter/Spring 2014
The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre

"Signature welcomes playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins to the Residency Five program with a premiere production in the 2013-14 Season. The Company is excited to begin a creative partnership with Jacobs-Jenkins, whose exciting and provocative voice is a vital part of the community."

A New Play by Will Eno
New York Premiere
Winter/Spring 2014
The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre

"Signature is delighted to welcome back Residency Five playwright Will Eno for a second premiere production. His play Title and Deed, produced during the company's inaugural season at The Pershing Square Signature Center, landed on The New York Times' Top 10 list for 2012, and introduced Signature audiences to Eno's rich and distinctive body of work."

For more information about Signature, which is under the direction of founding artistic director James Houghton and executive director Erika Mallin, visit signaturetheatre.org.

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Signature's current season continues with The Dance and the Railroad by David Henry Hwang (extended through March 24), Old Hats created and performed by Bill Irwin and David Shiner (extended through May 9) and The Mound Builders by Lanford Wilson, which opens on March 17 and is extended through April 14.

Tickets to the initial runs of all Signature productions at The Pershing Square Signature Center are $25, part of the groundbreaking Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access, a program that guarantees affordable and accessible tickets to every Signature production through 2031.