Touch Makes New York Premiere by Women's Project in October; 2003-04 Season Announced

News   Touch Makes New York Premiere by Women's Project in October; 2003-04 Season Announced
Touch, Toni Press-Coffman's play about a young widower reconnecting with the world, will make its New York debut in a staging by Women's Project & Productions in October 2003, the company announced.

The play was seen at the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville four years ago. Loretta Greco will direct the tale of a heartsick astronomer dealing with memories of his murdered wife.

There are changes afoot for the 25-year-old company devoted to women writers. WPP member director Marya Cohn will serve as acting artistic director for 2003-04, working with Julia Miles, founder and artistic director emeritus. A search is under way for a new artistic director for the Off-Broadway company that stages three main events every season in its 199-seat theatre.

The company's 2003-04 season also includes:

  • Birdy, adapted by Naomi Wallace from the William Wharton novel, playing in December 2003. "Birdy and Al have been best friends since childhood," according to the announcement. "Cut adrift by the horrors of World War II, can Al help Birdy get his feet back on the ground? A hypnotic tale of madness, beauty, and friendship." The New York premiere is directed by Lisa Peterson.


  • Under the Mango Tree by Carmen Rivera and The Old Matador by Milcha Sanchez Scott, two works in repertory co-produced with INTAR Hispanic American Arts Center, in March 2004 at the INTAR Hispanic American Arts Center, 508 W. 53rd Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues. "Steeped in the Latino experience, these magical stories of lost love and dreams deferred are sure to delight the entire family," according to WPP. This will be the New York premiere of The Old Matador and the world premiere of Under the Mango Tree. Women's Project & Productions is devoted to works written by women. Each year, the company chooses "three of the best scripts by new and established women," all of them New York or world premieres.

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