A note from Founder and Artistic Director Andrew Leynse and Executive Producer Casey Childs:
After embarking upon a tremendous season of new work from playwrights Theresa Rebeck, Billy Porter and David Ives over the past year, we are ready to announce our 31st season of four new and exciting American plays. These plays simply need to be produced in New York City right now and the team here at Primary Stages is thrilled to bring them to the foreground of the Off-Broadway scene, where they so rightfully deserve to be experienced.
The season will begin in August with the New York City premiere of a “ripped-from-the-headlines” story that has already won rave reviews in previous productions in Rochester and Cleveland – Informed Consent by Deborah Zoe Laufer. We’ll be presenting it as a co-production with Ensemble Studio Theatre as part of their Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project.
In Topher Payne’s biting comedy, and winner of the 2014 Osborn New Play award, Perfect Arrangement, it’s the 1950s and the age of the Red Scare. Long before the days of Stonewall, nothing is as it seems in this hilarious, ironic and genuinely moving New York Premiere which was previously staged to great acclaim in productions in Washington and Atlanta.
Another offering this season will be The Body of an American, a play by Dan O’Brien about his relationship with Pulitzer-winning war photojournalist, Paul Watson. Last year, the play opened in London to tremendous notices and won the 2014 Horton Foote Prize for Best New American Play. It also shared the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Award for playwriting with All The Way, which took home the Tony last season for Best Play.
We’re also proud to be bringing Ike Holter’s deeply engaging Exit Strategy to New York after playing a hit sold-out run in Chicago all last summer. Holter is a fresh, bold voice best known in New York for Hit the Wall, which played downtown at the Barrow Street Theatre in 2013. For Exit Strategy, Holter’s writing has been compared to the early plays of David Mamet and Aaron Sorkin.