Playwrights Horizons Will Premiere Gina Gionfriddo's Rapture, Blister, Burn in 2011-12; Season Announced

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24 Mar 2011

Gina Gionfriddo
Gina Gionfriddo
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Playwrights Horizons, the resident theatre company devoted to new and recent plays, has announced five of six titles for its 2011-12 season. The world premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner Gina Gionfriddo's Rapture, Blister, Burn is part of the mix.

Four New York City premieres are also on the slate, to be presented Playwrights Horizons' two-venue home on at 416 W. 42nd Street.

According to PH, Gionfriddo's new play was commissioned by Playwrights Horizons with funds from the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. Peter DuBois will direct at the Mainstage Theater. The writer was a Pulitzer finalist for her quirky drama with humor Becky Shaw.

In the new play, according to PH, "After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose polar opposite paths. Catherine built a career as a rockstar academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in polar opposite ways, each woman covets the other's life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs — the prize being Gwen's husband. With searing insight and trademark wit, this comedy is an unflinching look at gender politics in the wake of 20th century feminist ideals."

Here's the PH season at a glance:



Completeness
New York premiere of a new play by Itamar Moses
Directed by Pam MacKinnon
Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theater

"How does a computer scientist hook up with a molecular biologist? He blinds her with science, of course. When Elliot builds a computer program to help Molly with her research project, the variables in their evolving relationship shift as rapidly as the terms of their experiment. This deft and imaginative new meta-comedy shows that even the most sophisticated algorithm may freeze in the face of life's infinite possibilities."

Milk Like Sugar
New York premiere of a new play by Kirsten Greenidge
Directed by Rebecca Taichman
Co-production with the Women's Project
Playwrights Horizons Peter Jay Sharp Theater

"With potential for more but nowhere to put it, 16-year-old Annie's got a choice: honor the pregnancy pact she made with her friends, or find the path to a brighter future. In this searing, sharply observant new play, Kirsten Greenidge finds savage humor and gritty poetry in one inner-city girl's struggle to carve out a life beyond the only one she knows."

Assistance
New York premiere of a new play by Leslye Headland
Directed by Trip Cullman
Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theater

"For these young assistants, life is an endless series of humiliations at the hands of their hellacious boss, a powerful uber-magnate. In rare moments of calm when the phone calls stop rolling, Nick and Nora and their traumatized co-workers question whether all their work will lead to success — or just more work. Leslye Headland's Assistance is a biting, high-octane satire about our attraction to power and what we're willing to sacrifice to stay in its orbit."

The Big Meal
New York premiere of a new play by Dan LeFranc
Directed by Sam Gold
Playwrights Horizons Peter Jay Sharp Theater

"Somewhere in America, in a typical suburban restaurant on a typical night, Sam and Nicole meet. And sparks fly, setting in motion an expansive tale that traverses five generations of a modern family, from first kiss to final goodbye. A stunning, big-hearted play that spans nearly eighty years in a single sitting, The Big Meal tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary family."

For more information, visit www.playwrightshorizons.org.