The late Lanford Wilson will be well-represented in Manhattan in 2013. The Roundabout Theatre Company will present the playwright's best-known play, Talley's Folly, at the Laura Pels Theatre beginning Feb. 8. Michael Wilson will direct Danny Burstein and Sarah Paulson as the Jewish immigrant and the Protestant nurse he loves. Beginning a few weeks later, on Feb. 26, at the Signature Theatre Company's home, will be Wilson's lesser-known early success The Mound Builders. Jo Bonney will direct the story a team of archeologists excavating the remains of a Native American civilization.
Primary Stages had one of the biggest, and most defining, hits of its existence when it presented David Ives' series of absurd one-acts All in the Timing in 1993. Both theatre company and playwright had thrived since then; Primary Stages opened a shiny new home since then. Starting Jan. 23, the company will present the 20th anniversary revival of Ives' work. John Rando will direct.
About the new work mentioned in the introductory paragraph, 2013, Off-Broadway has cooked up a nice stew of works by both venerated practitioners and rising hopes. John Guare took a decade delivering his last new play, A Free Man of Color. No such wait this time around. Three Kinds of Exile, about three exiles from Czechoslovakia and Poland who forged complicated lives in the West, will begin previews sometime in winter/spring at the Atlantic Theater Company, with Neil Pepe directing. Also at the Atlantic, starting Feb. 13, is The Lying Lesson, the latest by Craig Lucas. Carol Kane stars as a woman who may or may not be a legendary movie star who shows up to buy the home of an elderly couple. Anna D. Shapiro directs. A third Atlantic attraction, beginning Jan. 9, will be The Jammer, a new play by Rolin James, whose work The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow also premiered at the company. This drama about a man who joins the Brooklyn Brown Devils roller derby team will be directed by Jackson Gay.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.