Tony Winner Sullivan, MacKinnon and Diamond Set to Direct Primary Stages Season

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Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan and Pam MacKinnon have joined the previously announced Liz Diamond as directors for the upcoming Primary Stages season celebrating female playwrights.
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For its 25th anniversary season, the company will again be in residence at 59E59 Theaters.

MacKinnon will direct the world premiere of Cusi Cram's A Lifetime Burning to open the season. Sullivan will take on the New York premiere of Charlayne Woodard's The Night Watcher, and Diamond will helm the New York premiere of Lucinda Coxon's Happy Now?

The 2009-2010 Primary Stages three-play season follows:

  • Cusi Cram's A Lifetime Burning (July 28-Sept. 5)
    The new comedy centers on "trust fund darling Emma [who] imagines what her life would have been like had she come from a less privileged background," reads the announcement. "Trouble is, she chronicles her alternate life in a new tell-all 'memoir' that was sold for a hefty advance. When Emma is exposed, will her sister, Tess, stand by her? Or will Emma's deceit destroy their already fractured relationship?" Opens Aug. 11.


  • Charlayne Woodard's The Night Watcher (Sept. 22-Oct. 31)
    An auto-biographical, one-woman play by the actress-playwright: "Simultaneously a best friend, advisor, confidant and sage to the many young people who call her 'Auntie,' Charlayne Woodard is childless only by biological standards. Told with penetrating grace and candor, Woodard beautifully weaves together stories of the ordinary and extraordinary ways she's mentored the children in her life." Opens Oct. 6.
  • Lucinda Coxon's Happy Now? (Jan. 26-March 6, 2010)
    This dark comedy is described as such: "A chance encounter at a hotel plays upon Kitty's mind as she struggles to balance personal freedom with family life, fidelity and a demanding job. Her husband is more interested in misplaced apostrophes than in their marriage, her parents are looking down the barrel of oblivion, and although she toys with the idea of joining a gym, Kitty's running out of time for big changes." Opens Feb. 9. Subscription packages to Primary Stages season at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues) are available by calling (212) 279-4200. For more information visit

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