Primary Stages Lines Up NY Debuts from Foote, Holtzman and Hollinger for New Season

News   Primary Stages Lines Up NY Debuts from Foote, Holtzman and Hollinger for New Season
New York premieres of new works by Horton Foote, Willy Holtzman and Michael Hollinger will fill the Primary Stages upcoming 2007-2008 season, the company announced Jan. 26.

Celebrating its 23rd season, the Off-Broadway company will present Foote's Dividing the Estate, Holtzman's Something You Did and Michael Hollinger's Opus — all returning playwrights. A fourth new work as well as performance dates will be announced at a later date.

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Foote will return to Primary Stages (where his The Day Emily Married played in 2004) with Dividing the Estate, a "13-character human comedy about a family that must confront its past as it prepares for its future with foxy cunning, fascination and hypocritical virtue," as an announcement describes.

With Something You Did, Holtzman (Sabina) pens a drama that centers on "a notorious sixties radical who has served nearly 30 years in prison for her part in the accidental killing of an African-American police officer during an explosive war protest. Now she is eligible for parole in a post 9/11 world where bombing is terrorism and dissent is treason."

Opus by Hollinger (An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf) follows "a world-renowned string quartet that struggles to prepare for their highest-profile performance when the violist, and founder of the quartet, mysteriously disappears." They find a replacement in an inspiring young woman and decide to attempt the more difficult Beethoven's Opus 131.

Primary Stages currently presents the new Christopher Durang and Peter Melnick musical Adrift in Macao (through March 4) and will end the season with the New York Premiere of Athol Fugard's Exits and Entrances (March 20-April 28). Subscription packages are available to renewing subscribers by calling (212) 279-4200. Non-subscribers may purchase subscriptions in March. For more information about Primary Stages, visit

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