Losing Louis Is Next Play on Jerry Zaks' Docket

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Director Jerry Zaks' next project after Broadway's The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial will be staging the comedy Losing Louis for Manhattan Theatre Club in fall 2006, he told Playbill.com.
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The work by English playwright Simon Mendes da Costa played London in the 2004-05 season.

MTC, the resident professional company that produces on two Off-Broadway stages (at City Center) and one Broadway stage (the Biltmore), has not yet announced its 2006-07 season.

Losing Louis blends comedic confusion as a family confronts its past in a bedroom where secrets were planted four decades earlier.

Robin Lefevre directed the UK production, which began at London's Hampstead Theatre (the run was sold out) before moving to Trafalgar Studios in the West End.

In spring 2005, Losing Louis was billed this way: "Interwoven events from the past and present blend together in this touching new comedy, which transfers to the Trafalgar Studios, following a sell out season at the Hampstead Theatre. Secrets that refuse to remain buried erupt as family members are brought together, after years of separation, to face it out in the bedroom — the place where all the confusion begun."

The London cast included Lynda Bellingham, Anita Briem, Emma Cunliffe, Jason Durr, David Horovitch, Brian Protheroe and Alison Steadman.

Losing Louis was Mendes da Costa's second fully staged play and his first West End run. Previously an actor, his first play was staged at Islington's The Hen and Chickens Theatre.

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