Keen Company Season to Feature Wilder and Anderson Plays Plus Good Thief Benefit | Playbill

News Keen Company Season to Feature Wilder and Anderson Plays Plus Good Thief Benefit
Current Shrek the Musical title player Brian d'Arcy James will star in a one-night-only special benefit performance of Conor McPherson's The Good Thief this fall.

Brian d'Arcy James
Brian d'Arcy James

The Nov. 2 performance will benefit Off-Broadway's Keen Company, who produced the play during its first season. James, who starred in that production, won an Obie Award for his performance. Carl Forsman will direct the benefit. The 10th anniversary Keen Company season will kick off with Such Things Only Happen in Books, an evening of short plays by Thornton Wilder. Carl Forsman, Jonathan Silverstein and Henry Wishcamper will direct.

The plays, which will be making their New York professional premieres, include Such Things Only Happen in Books, in which "a domestic life is slowly unwrapped to reveal the complexities at the heart of all families"; Cement Hands, in which "an uncle tries to explain to his niece the precariousness of marrying a tight-fisted young fellow"; and The Angel That Troubled the Waters, which "shows the healer’s pain, and how his suffering makes him most human."

The tenth anniversary season will conclude with Robert Anderson's I Never Sang for My Father. Jonathan Silverstein will direct.

Performance dates will be announced at a later time.


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