Brits Off Broadway Festival to Feature Three NYC Premieres by Alan Ayckbourn Along With New Works from Overseas
By Carey Purcell
The 2014 Brits Off Broadway festival's lineup, which will include new plays, works with music and three productions by Alan Ayckbourn performed in rep, has been announced.
Presented by 59E59 Theaters, the festival begins April 1 and runs through June 29.
The festival will feature a double bill of two new short plays from Scotland's Traverse Theater Company: Clean and A Respectable Widow Takes to Vulgarity. Both works follow leading women who defy convention. The productions run April 2-26.
Playing With Grown Ups, by Hannah Patterson, will address the conventions of what an adult woman wants from life. Hannah Eidinow will direct the play, which runs April 29-May 18.
Ayckbourn Ensemble, written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn, will run May 29-June 29. Produced by Stephen Joseph Theatre, the ensemble includes two comedies and two shorts that will run in rep: Time of My Life, which follows a family gathering in honor of a woman's birthday; Arrivals & Departures, a work about an anti-terrorist operation; and Farcicals: A Double Bill of Frivolous Comedies, which include Chloe With Love and The Kidderminster Affair.
Pat Kirkwood is Angry will run June 10-29. Written by Jessica Walker, directed by Lee Blakeley and featuring musical arrangements by James Holmes, the play follows Britain's first wartime star and Noel Coward's muse, whose life changed after a meeting with HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.
Tickets to Brits Off Broadway go on sale on Feb. 28, with a special pre-sale for 59E59 members beginning Feb. 21.
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