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September - October 2017
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS JEFFERSON, CHARLES DICKENS AND COUNT LEO TOLSTOY:DISCORD
By Scott Carter
Directed by Kimberly Senior
“If religion and comedy had a baby, this would be it!” (Taryn Hillin, The Huffington Post)
From Scott Carter, Executive Producer of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” this timely New York Premiere finds three of history’s most famous men, all of whom wrote their own version of the gospels, debating everything from religion to literature to marriage in this “hugely entertaining, rapid-fire” (Chicago Sun-Times) new play. Thomas Jefferson (author of the Declaration of Independence), Charles Dickens (the man who brought us A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist) and Count Leo Tolstoy (the epic Russian novelist of War & Peace fame) are trapped in a limbo where each believes their path to salvation depends on convincing the other two that they are wrong. Kimberly Senior, the acclaimed director of Chris Gethard’s Career Suicide and the Tony-nominated Disgraced, will helm this profound and exciting battle of truly biblical proportions.
November - December 2017
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
Written by and featuring Kate Hamill
Adapted from the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Amanda Dehnert
Presented in a co-production with The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
“For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?” (Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice)
This fall, acclaimed writer and actress Kate Hamill (Bedlam’s Sense and Sensibility) will debut her playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic romance, Pride and Prejudice. The outspoken Elizabeth Bennet faces mounting pressure from her status-conscious mother to secure a suitable marriage. But is marriage suitable for a woman of Elizabeth’s intelligence and independence? Especially when the irritating, aloof, self-involved… tall, vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aristocratic Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn?! What? Why are you looking at us like that? Literature’s greatest tale of latent love has never felt so theatrical, or so full of life than it does in this effervescent new adaptation.
March - April 2018
FEEDING THE DRAGON
Written and performed by Sharon Washington
Directed by Maria Mileaf
“Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. (Neil Gaiman, Coraline)
Award-winning actress Sharon Washington, beloved by audiences for her performances in our productions of While I Yet Live and String of Pearls, as well as The Scottsboro Boys on Broadway, returns to Primary Stages to share a uniquely personal story with the New York Premiere of Feeding the Dragon. As both playwright and star of this autobiographical solo piece, Sharon revisits her time growing up in an apartment on the top floor inside the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. Shrouded in family mystery, Sharon’s story boldly examines how both the power of forgiveness and her lifelong love for the written word have helped her battle dragons of all forms.
January - February 2018
NEW PLAY TO BE ANNOUNCED
Presented in collaboration with The Sol Project
In January 2018, Primary Stages will collaborate with The Sol Project, a New York City-based initiative catalyzing change via a national movement to provide productions by Latinx playwrights, bringing the stories of their community to the fore of the American Theater. We’ll announce the title and playwright of this exciting NYC premiere in the coming weeks!
March - April 2018