Two World Premieres Set for NYC's Abingdon; Buttram, Swift, Morogiello, Cary and Feldman Find Home

News   Two World Premieres Set for NYC's Abingdon; Buttram, Swift, Morogiello, Cary and Feldman Find Home
Abingdon Theatre Company, the Off-Broadway company that has produced nearly 60 new American plays in its 16-year history, offers a 2009-10 season that will include two world premieres and two New York premieres.

The season will launch Oct. 2 with the world premiere of Inventing Avi, a comedy by Robert Cary and Benjamin Feldman. Performances for all shows are at the Abingdon Theatre Complex, 312 W. 36th Street.

In early 2010, the company presents the world premiere of Phantom Killer by playwright and Abingdon artistic director Jan Buttram.

The company's 17th season continues, in spring 2010, with the New York premiere of John Morogiello's Engaging Shaw and concludes in summer 2009 with the New York premiere of Stephen Swift's Sister Myotis's Bible Camp.

Here's the Abingdon season:

Inventing Avi by Robert Cary and Benjamin Feldman
Directed by Mark Waldrop
Oct. 2-Nov. 1

"A zany comedy of theatrical manners, Inventing Avi grapples with questions of authorship and identity as two sisters of a certain age — one a rich producer and the other, a diva of the stage — collaborate on a hit play from a sexy Israeli writer. The play seems autobiographical, but the story is actually stolen from a place closer to home than either sister could ever imagine." Playwrights Robert Cary and Benjamin Feldman co-wrote the book for Palm Beach, The Screwball Musical, presented at La Jolla Playhouse in 2005.

Phantom Killer by Jan Buttram
Directed by Jules Ochoa
Jan. 22-Feb. 14, 2010

"A new play set during a scorching hot Texas night in 1946. Newlyweds Luke and Jessie find themselves on a seemingly deserted country road and cross paths with a Texas Ranger on the hunt for a serial killer. Before the couple and the cop part ways: plans change, a deal is struck, a heart breaks, and everyone is guilty."

Buttram's plays include The President and Her Mistress, Texas Homos, The Parker Family Circus, Zona – The Ghost of Greenbrier, Private Battles and Glory Girls.

Engaging Shaw by John Morogiello
Directed by Jakob G. Hofmann
April 9-May 2, 2010

"Follows the real-life courtship and battle of wits between socialite Charlotte Payne-Townsend and playwright George Bernard Shaw. Wealthy heiress Charlotte Payne-Townsend sets her sights on the famed author of Pygmalion. A confirmed bachelor and philanderer, Shaw is a challenge for Ms. Payne-Townsend, who is determined to romance an unromantic man."

Morogiello's plays include the FringeNYC hit Irish Authors Held Hostage, Stonewall's Bust, Men and Parts and more.

Sister Myotis's Bible Camp by Stephen Swift
Directed by Jerre Dye
June 11-July 4, 2010

"Exposes the challenges of tending to the faithful flocks and the faithless. Sister Myotis, the head deaconess of an 80,000-member mega-church, is joined by sisters Ima Lone and Velma Needlemeyer as they co-host the annual Women's Church Retreat in giving backsliders, whoremongers, and the 'chronically mediocre' a second chance at salvation."

Playwright and actor Stephen Swift created the character of Sister Myotis, portraying her in the world premiere of Sister Myotis's Bible Camp, directed by Jerre Dye, at TheaterWorks in Memphis, TN, in 2005. Dye is artistic director of Voices of the South, a theatre ensemble specializing in adaptations of literature.

Casts and creative teams for all productions are to be announced.

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