Richard Nelson, Christopher Shinn Among Playwrights Horizons Scribes in 2004-05

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Neal Bell, Richard Nelson, Quincy Long and Christopher Shinn are among names expected on the 2004-05 marquee at Off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons, the troupe announced.
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Christopher Shinn Photo by Aubrey Reuben

With one play each in both the Mainstage and Peter Jay Sharp houses still to be made public, the not-for-profit season will so far include:

  • People Be Heard, the world premiere of Quincy Long’s play-with-music (by Michael Roth), directed by Erica Schmidt. Previews begin Aug. 31 on the mainstage.
  • The New York premiere of Rodney's Wife, written and directed by Richard Nelson (Some Americans Abroad, Goodnight Children Everywhere, Madame Melville). The play is "set in Rome in 1962. Characters include Rodney, a movie actor filming one of the first 'Spaghetti Westerns,' his 25-year-old daughter, his recently widowed sister, his manager, and Fay, his wife of 10 years, who finds herself at the center of this story of loss, disorientation, emotional confusion and very human desire." As with earlier plays, Nelson explores the subject of Americans overseas. Previews begin November on the mainstage. A production of this play will be presented at Williamstown Theater Festival this summer.
  • The New York premiere of On the Mountain by young playwright Christopher Shinn (Other People, Four, What Didn't Happen). A director will be announced for the February 2005 mainstage run. In the play, a "former rock 'n' roll wild child and her sullen teenage daughter have a famous suicide rock star's lost last song. As a new, younger man enters her life and connects to her daughter, she struggles with the question of whether holding onto the song means holding onto the past."
  • The world premiere of On the Bum playwright Neal Bell's Spatter Pattern (or, How I Got Away With It), directed by Michael Greif the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre starting Sept. 30. For more information, visit

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