Long Wharf Announces Fugard and Picoult World Premieres for 2009-2010

News   Long Wharf Announces Fugard and Picoult World Premieres for 2009-2010
Athol Fugard's Have You Seen Us? and Darci Picoult's Lil's 90th will be part of the 2009-2010 season at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT.
Lois Smith and David Margulies
Lois Smith and David Margulies Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Have You Seen Us?, which marks Fugard's first American-set work, will premiere in January at the New Haven theatre under the direction of artistic director Gordon Edelstein. The work is set in a Southern California diner where a South African professor, now living in the U.S., must come to grips with his personal demons when an Eastern European Jewish couple sit down to dine. "It is an extraordinary privilege to be maintaining and building upon this close artistic collaboration. Athol is one of the great living playwrights. This play is a milestone: his first play to take place in the United States, his adopted country, and more specifically, in San Diego, his new home. It is very exciting to offer this beautiful new play to Long Wharf audiences as a world premiere," Edelstein said in a statement.

Veteran theatre couple Lois Smith and David Margulies will star in Picoult's Lil's 90th, which will be directed by Jo Bonney. The work centers on an elderly couple whose relationship is put to the test when a birthday surprise turns sour.

It has also been announced that Long Wharf associate artistic director Eric Ting will direct A.R. Gurney's tale of a man and his best (girl) friend, Sylvia.

Works begin considered for the remaining slots on the 2009-2010 season bill are My Lover, My Demon, by Isaac Bashevis Singer and Eve Friedman; Art by Yasmina Reza (starring Judd Hirsch); David Mamet's Oleanna; Horsedreams by Dael Orlandersmith; and Herb Gardner's A Thousand Clowns.

Dates of production and the three remaining plays of the 2009-2010 season are expected shortly.

For further information visit LongWharf.org.

The Long Wharf Theatre is located at 222 Sargent Drive in New Haven, CT.

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