Keen Company to Revive Lemon Sky and Painting Churches Off-Broadway

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The Keen Company will explore the relationships between parents in children during the 2011-2012 season, with a revival of late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson's 1970 memory play Lemon Sky and Tina Howe's Painting Churches.

Lanford Wilson
Lanford Wilson

Drama Desk nominee Jonathan Silverstein will stage Lemon Sky, in which the playwright looks back on his teenage years as he crossed the country to live with his father. The play will launch the season Sept. 13 at the Clurman Theatre. It will officially open Sept. 27 for a run through Oct. 22. Wilson died at the age of 73 in March.

Following will be the first New York revival of Howe's comedy Painting Churches, which was first produced Off-Broadway by Second Stage Theatre in 1976. Performances will begin Feb. 14, 2012, under the direction of Keen artistic director Carl Forsman. The play centers on the changing dynamics in the parent-child relationship later in life.

Casting and designers for the 2011-2012 season will be announced shortly.

"I have a long history with Lanford Wilson's work," Forsman said in a statement. "The first Broadway play I ever went to see was Fifth of July. My last date with my high school sweetheart was Burn This on Broadway. I have always loved Lanford's writing, and I have long wanted to produce one of his plays. I believe his compassion is unrivaled amongst American playwrights, and I believe his work has a natural home at Keen Company. We're thrilled to be presenting Lemon Sky, his most personal play, and are grateful to his estate for permission to produce this important work. Keen Company's first tremendous leap of faith was producing Tina Howe's 42-character play Museum in our second season in 2002. I am honored to be able to bring Tina's unique and hilarious voice back to our stage. Painting Churches is such a touching portrait of our effort to understand our parents, and Keen Company is thrilled to be presenting its first New York revival. We'll endeavor to whip up enough chaos to delight Tina and her many fans."

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