Playwrights Horizons Will Give Voice to Albee, Bock, Doran, Greenspan and Herzog in 2010-11

News   Playwrights Horizons Will Give Voice to Albee, Bock, Doran, Greenspan and Herzog in 2010-11
Playwrights Horizons has announced three world premieres and a New York City premiere to be added to its 2010-11 season. In addition to the previously announced Me, Myself & I by Edward Albee, plays by Adam Bock, Bathsheba Doran, David Greenspan and Amy Herzog will appear.
Adam Bock, Bathsheba Doran, David Greenspan and Amy Herzog
Adam Bock, Bathsheba Doran, David Greenspan and Amy Herzog

A sixth and final production will also be announced.

Me, Myself & I, directed by Emily Mann and starring Elizabeth Ashley and Brian Murray, will be the first production of the season, beginning performances at the company's Mainstage Theater on West 42nd Street in August 2010.

In it, according to production notes, "Mother [Ashley] can't tell her identical twins apart. But when Otto announces his brother doesn't exist, the household descends into chaos."

Newly announced for the season are:

After the Revolution
A New York premiere by Amy Herzog
Directed by Carolyn Cantor
Playwrights Horizons Peter Jay Sharp Theater

"The brilliant, promising Emma Joseph proudly carries the torch of her family's Marxist tradition, devoting her life to the memory of her blacklisted grandfather. But when history reveals a shocking truth about the man himself, the entire family is forced to confront questions of honesty and allegiance they thought had been resolved. After the Revolution is a bold and moving portrait of an American family, thrown into an intergenerational tailspin, forced to reconcile a thorny and delicate legacy." Herzog received the 2008 Helen Merrill Award for Aspiring Playwrights. She recently completed commissions for the Yale Repertory Theatre and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. After the Revolution will be produced at Williamstown in summer 2010.

A Small Fire
A world premiere by Adam Bock
Directed by Trip Cullman
Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theater

"When a tough-as-nails contractor finds her senses disappearing one at a time, the impact on the lives around her is nothing less than seismic. In Bock’s spare, altogether human parable, a seemingly catastrophic loss leads to unlikely self-discoveries of the 'small fires' within."

Bock's The Drunken City was produced at Playwrights Horizons in 2008. His play The Receptionist received its world premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club in the fall of 2007 to a sold-out extended run.

A world premiere by Bathsheba Doran
Directed by Sam Gold
Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theater

"Anna, a Texan Ivy League poetry scholar, and Sean, an Irish personal trainer, hardly seem destined for one another. But as their web of disparate family and friends crosses great distances — both psychologically and geographically — an unlikely new family is forged. Bathsheba Doran's play sheds a sharp light on the changing face of kinship in the expansive landscape of the modern world."

Doran's plays include Living Room in Africa (Off-Broadway for Edge Theater), Nest (commissioned and produced by Signature Theater, DC), Until Morning (BBC Radio 4) and adaptations Great Expectations, The Blind and Peer Gynt. Her play Parents' Evening will receive its world premiere at The Flea Theater in April 2010, directed by Jim Simpson, and her play for young audiences, Ben and The Magic Paintbrush, will receive its world premiere at South Coast Repertory Theater in June 2010. She is a recipient of the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, three Lecomte du Nouy Lincoln Center playwriting awards, a Cherry Lane Mentor Project Fellow as and a Susan Blackburn Award finalist.

Go Back to Where You Are
A world premiere by David Greenspan
Directed by Leigh Silverman
Playwrights Horizons Peter Jay Sharp Theater

"A forgotten chorus boy [played by Greenspan] from the theatre of Ancient Greece, stuck in a lonely purgatory these past 2,000 years, is sent back to earth on a mission from God. He now finds himself among a vacationing family in the Hamptons, caught off-guard by his re-discovered ability to feel love. Go Back To Where You Are is a melancholy comic romance, told with Greenspan's unique brand of theatrical wit and exquisite lyricism."

Greenspan's work at Playwrights Horizons includes acting in and directing his play She Stoops to Comedy (Obie Award), among other acting there. Other playwriting credits include Principia, Jack, The Home Show Pieces and 2 Samuel 11, Etc. (HOME), Dead Mother, or Shirley Not All in Vain (The Public), The Argument (Obie) and Old Comedy (Target Margin) and The Myopia, an epic burlesque of tragic proportion (The Foundry). He has collaborated with songwriter Stephin Merritt on The Orphan of Zhao (Lincoln Center Theater) and Coraline with director Leigh Silverman (MCC).

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