Newman to Helm Direct Line Play Featuring 25 Playwrights from Beane to Wasserstein

News   Newman to Helm Direct Line Play Featuring 25 Playwrights from Beane to Wasserstein
Twenty-five playwrights will collaborate for a landmark new work entitled Direct Line Play.
Phyllis Newman
Phyllis Newman Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The epic play will consist of 25 three-minute scenes, written by the likes of Douglas Carter Beane, Charles Busch, Michael Cristofer, Meryl Cohn, Jim Dalglish, Steven Druckman, Christopher Durang, Harvey Fierstein, John Guare, David Henry Hwang, Julia Jordan, Wendy Kesselman, Shirley Lauro, James Lescesne, Terrence McNally, Joe Pintauro, David Rabe, Dotson Rader, Sarah Ruhl, Diana Son, Lynda Sturner, Alice Tuan, Sinan Unel, Wendy Wasserstein and Susan Yankowitz. Direct Line Play, which also features compositions by Henry Krieger, Susan Birkenhead, Jason Robert Brown and John Thomas, will premiere at the new Provincetown Theater June 25 with an additional performance June 26.

Tony Award winner Phyllis Newman will direct the project, which was conceptualized by Provincetown Repertory Theatre's Artistic Director Lynda Sturner. A host of actors-to-be-announced will take part in the play, including Mamma Mia! star Louise Pitre.

Phyllis Newman made her Broadway debut in 1952 in the original musical comedy Wish You Were Here. She received a Tony Award for her performance in Subways Are for Sleeping and a Tony nomination for her work in Neil Simon's Broadway Bound. Her other Broadway credits include Bells Are Ringing, First Impressions, Moonbirds, The Apple Tree, On the Town, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Madwoman of Central Park West and Awake and Sing! She married Adolph Green in 1960 with whom she had two children, Amanda and Adam. Newman is the founder of the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative, part of the Actors' Fund of America.

The Provincetown season will also include 7 Shorts, June 30-July 10; As Bees in Honey Drown, July 14-25; The House of Blue Leaves, Aug. 5-22; Valley of the Dolls, Aug. 24; The Mystery of Irma Vep, Sept. 15-26; Fall Playwright Festival, Sept. 17-Oct. 3; Evidence of Love, Oct. 8-16; and one new project to be announced.

For ticket information, call (508) 487-9793 or (800) 791-7487.

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