John Guare, Beth Henley and More Will Adapt Tennessee Williams Stories for Off-Broadway's Desire | Playbill

News John Guare, Beth Henley and More Will Adapt Tennessee Williams Stories for Off-Broadway's Desire Off-Broadway's 59E59 Theaters has announced that the line-up for its 5A season will feature four new plays and a world premiere musical. Among the new works is Desire, six short stories by Tennessee Williams adapted for the stage by leading American playwrights.

The season will kick off this summer with Threesome, written by Yussef El Guindi and directed by Chris Coleman. The New York premiere, about an Egyptian American couple who decide to invite a stranger into their sex lives, played an extended, critically acclaimed run in Portland.

In August, the Acting Company will present Desire, six new plays based on stories by Tennessee Williams adapted by leading playwrights John Guare, Beth Henley, Marcus Gardley, Rebecca Gilman, David Grimm and Elizabeth Egloff. Michael Wilson will direct.

The new year will begin with Merrimack Repertory Theatre's I and You by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Sean Daniels. The play follows the deep bond developed by two teenagers, a journey that is billed as "an explosion of thought on art, connection, and identity that will warm your heart, with an ending that will leave you breathless."

The season will conclude with dark comedy Ideation by Aaron Loeb and directed by Josh Costello, following its run at San Francisco Playhouse. The play centers on a group of corporate consultants whose work on a mysterious project blurs the lines between right and wrong.

A fourth show, a brand-new musical, will be announced at a later date. Tickets for the season are now available by visiting or calling (212) 279-4200.

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