Women's Project Season to Include Plays About Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Collapse of Mississippi River Bridge and More
By Adam Hetrick
A new play about iconic first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, penned by Nobel Prize-winning author Elfriede Jelinek, will be presented as part of the Women's Project's 2012-13 Off-Broadway season.
For the company's 35th season, the Women's Project will take up residence at New York City Center Stage II, which was recently vacated by the Pearl Theatre Company. Julie Crosby is the producing artistic director of the Women's Project.
The season opens with the world premiere of Laura Marks' dark comedy Bethany, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, Jan. 11-Feb. 17, 2013. "Set in an American exurb wiped out by foreclosures, a financially-strapped single mother discovers just how far she'll go to regain what she has lost," according to the Off-Broadway company.
Jelinek's Jackie, directed by Tea Alagic, will receive its North American premiere Feb. 24-March 31, 2013. It promises "an intensely theatrical dissection of Jackie Kennedy Onassis and the myths surrounding her well-coiffed veneer... Jackie is a disturbing exploration of submission, power, and the hypocrisy of everyday life."
The final production will be Allison Moore's The Collapse, inspired by the 2007 collapse of the Mississippi River Bridge in Minneapolis, which will run April 7-May 19, 2013. Jackson Gay directs the New York premiere, which is billed as "comedic exploration of the crumbling structures that undergird our bridges, our economy, and our most intimate relationships."
Founded in 1978 by Julia Miles, and now under the leadership of producing artistic director Julie Crosby, Women's Project provides a stage for women playwrights and directors.
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