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News Gurney and McNally Debuts, Adrift in Macao Musical Fill Primary Stages New Season Marian Seldes, Dixie Carter and Hal Holbrook headline in the upcoming Primary Stages Off-Broadway season which will includes the world premieres of A.R. Gurney's Indian Blood and Terrence McNally's Deuce and New York debuts of Kathleen Clark's Southern Comforts and the Christopher Durang-Peter Melnick musical Adrift in Macao.
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A.R. Gurney Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The company, now in its 22nd season, will once again be in residence at 59E59 Theaters. Mark Lamos, Leonard Foglia and Sheryl Kaller are signed on to direct for the 2006-2007 presentations.

As first reported, A.R. Gurney's Indian Blood will receive its world premiere to open the new season, July 25-Sept. 3. The playwright of Sylvia, Love Letters and previous Primary Stages presentation Strictly Academic pens a new tale of a young boy who "uses his Indian ancestry as a cause and an excuse for his adolescent attacks on the genteel world around him." Lamos directs.

Husband and wife team Dixie Carter and Hal Holbrook star next in Southern Comforts, Oct. 3-Nov. 19. Foglia — who directed the duo in the Coconut Grove Playhouse world premiere — again stages the work about "a widow and widower who meet later in life and find a way into each other's hearts." The play was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Playwriting.

Adrift in Macao will then make its New York premiere Jan. 23-March 4, 2007 under the direction of Sheryl Kaller with choreography by Christopher Gattelli. Featuring a book and lyrics by Christopher Durang set to Peter Melnick's music, the film noir musical parody "spins the tale of five quirky characters stranded in a Casablanca-like locale in the Far East."

To close the forthcoming season, Primary Stages provides the stage for another Terrence McNally work starring Marian Seldes — following this season's Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams. Seldes stars in the drama, set at a tennis match, to play April 3-May 6, 2007. Subscription packages are available by calling (212) 279-4200. For more information about Primary Stages, visit the website at

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