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   Features  >  LATEST NEW YORK NEWS

at Playwrights Horizons

By David Lefkowitz
Published March 16 2008

  Theresa Rebeck

A quartet of name dramatists will fill the 38th season at off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons, including Craig Lucas , returning with his first straight play in a decade.

Prayer for My Enemy, Lucas' off-Broadway return following 1998's acclaimed The Dying Gaul, tells of a family dysfunctional enough to give Tracy Letts' Osage crew a run for their money. There's a father trying to stay on the wagon, a son back from Iraq, a pregnant daughter with marital troubles, and most importantly, a ball game on TV. Tony nominated for penning the libretto to The Light in the Piazza, Lucas remains best known for his Pulitzer-winning Prelude to a Kiss, as well as Blue Window and Reckless. Bartlett Sher, also Tony nommed for directing Piazza, will stage Enemy in the fall.

Opening Horizons' season in August will be Nicky Silver's Three Changes, about a couple visited, ominously, by the husband's gone-Hollywood brother. Not surprisingly, the latest from the author of Pterodactyls and The Food Chain is billed as being funny and dark. Wilson Milam, a Tony nominee for The Lieutenant of Inishmore, directs.

Directing his own play, as he often does, will be Adam Rapp (Essential Self-Defense, Blackbird), whose Kindness arrives in the fall. This one tells of a mother and son who flee Illinois for Manhattan. He meets a strange woman she meets a kindly cabbie.

Finishing the Horizons season will be a wild satire from Theresa Rebeck, of Mauritius and Bad Dates fame. Her Our House shows what happens when reality television crosses with real news to create a hostage situation - and ratings-grabbing entertainment.

Now in its 38th year, Playwrights Horizon is currently headed by artistic director Tim Sanford and managing director Leslie Marcus and utilizes two spaces in its 42nd Street home: a mainstage and the smaller Peter Jay Sharp Theater. The company's production of Grey Gardens transferred to Broadway last season.


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