New Works by Cram, Woodard and Coxon Line Up 2009-2010 Primary Stages Season

News   New Works by Cram, Woodard and Coxon Line Up 2009-2010 Primary Stages Season
Primary Stages has announced that its forthcoming Off-Broadway season will feature new works by three female playwrights: Cusi Cram, Charlayne Woodard and Lucinda Coxon.
Charlayne Woodard
Charlayne Woodard

The company will again be in residence at 59E59 Theaters for its 25th anniversary season. Cram's work is a world premiere; Woodard and Coxon's plays are New York premieres.

The 2009-2010 Primary Stages three-play season follows:

  • Cusi Cram's A Lifetime Burning (July 28-Sept. 5)
    The new comedy centers on "trust fund darling Emma [who] imagines what her life would have been like had she come from a less privileged background," reads the announcement. "Trouble is, she chronicles her alternate life in a new tell-all 'memoir' that was sold for a hefty advance. When Emma is exposed, will her sister, Tess, stand by her? Or will Emma's deceit destroy their already fractured relationship?"
  • Charlayne Woodard's Night Watcher (Sept. 22-Oct. 31)
    An auto-biographical one-woman play by the actress-playwright: "Simultaneously a best friend, advisor, confidant and sage to the many young people who call her 'Auntie,' Charlayne Woodard is childless only by biological standards. Told with penetrating grace and candor, Woodard beautifully weaves together stories of the ordinary and extraordinary ways she's mentored the children in her life."


  • Lucinda Coxon's Happy Now? (Jan. 26-March 6, 2010)
    This dark comedy is described as such: "A chance encounter at a hotel plays upon Kitty's mind as she struggles to balance personal freedom with family life, fidelity and a demanding job. Her husband is more interested in misplaced apostrophes than in their marriage, her parents are looking down the barrel of oblivion, and although she toys with the idea of joining a gym, Kitty's running out of time for big changes." The company now presents Donald Margulies' Shipwrecked! An Entertainment – The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told by Himself) (through March 7) and concludes its current season with the world premiere of Tina Howe's Chasing Manet (March 24-May 2) starring Jane Alexander and Lynn Cohen.

    Subscription packages to Primary Stages season at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues) are available by calling (212) 279-4200. For more information visit

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