Month: March 2018

A Sneak Peak at Feeding the Dragon

IMG_1274In anticipation of our production of Sharon Washington’s autobiographical solo piece Feeding the Dragon, Sharon recently presented pieces of her work during special events at library branches around the city. Sharon’s first event was at the New York Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, where she performed an excerpt of her play and then answered questions posed by Casey Childs (Founder of Primary Stages) and members of the audience. Here’s a recap:

In Feeding the Dragon, Sharon recounts her experience growing up in the St. Agnes Branch of the NYPL on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where her father served as the building’s custodian. The St. Agnes branch is a historic Carnegie library, heated by coal during Sharon’s youth, and housed a hidden private apartment for the custodian and their family.


While Sharon has considered telling her story for decades, it wasn’t until 2010 when she finally committed to writing her experience down on paper. At first, Sharon pictured writing a children’s book, but it ended up coming out as a memoir and when she read her work aloud, Feeding the Dragon was born. Although she does plan on turning her story into a book someday, she wanted to make sure her story was told this way first.

During the creation process for Feeding the Dragon, Sharon had to make a leap from being just an actor to also being a writer. While rehearsing, Sharon learned it was tough to be both at the same time. So while rehearsing the show, she often spends certain days from the perspective of a playwright, and others from that of an actor treating her play like she would any other production.

IMG_1277To this day, Sharon frequents libraries often. Whenever she goes out of town to a new city, one of the first places she visits is the local library. Growing up in a library is an experience that has stayed with her and Feeding the Dragon examines her love of literature and how it has shaped the rest of her life.

Feeding the Dragon plays from March 21 – April 27, 2018. For more info, please visit

What Defines a Home: Announcing our 2018/19 Season


A note from Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director:

For the past few seasons, the Primary Stages family has been exploring what it means to be a true home for our artists and our patrons. At the same time, the very question of where and what we each call ‘home’ has become a front-and-center debate, locally and abroad. What defines a home? Where do we feel most at home? We hope our new season will answer some of those questions.

Three One-Act Plays written by A.R. Gurney
Directed by David Saint
Join us as we bid farewell to a beloved member of the Primary Stages family and one of the most prolific playwrights of the 20th century with FINAL FOLLIES, a uniquely curated selection of three one-act plays by master writer A.R. Gurney. The plays specifically chosen for this special engagement include: The Love Course, an observation of the culminating meeting of an undergraduate romantic literature course, co-taught by two of academia’s most eccentric professors; The Rape of Bunny Stuntz, an enigmatic story of an overburdened woman anxiously trying to keep her personal life from the throes of chaos while leading a rowdy community meeting; and the titular Final Folliesthe last chapter in Gurney’s oeuvre of short plays examining WASP life in America, about a forlorn Manhattanite searching for the key to adulthood in the most truly, and literally, adult place imaginable. (September-October 2018)

Written by Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt
Theresa Rebeck, one of the country’s most acclaimed and widely-produced playwrights, returns to Primary Stages with the gripping new family drama, DOWNSTAIRS. This thrilling production will star real-life siblings Tyne and Tim Daly, who will be appearing together for the first time on the New York stage. In Downstairs, Teddy is a bit lost and has found himself staying in his older sister Irene’s unfinished basement, which has infuriated her husband Gerry (played by John Procaccino). As Irene and Teddy struggle with this less-than-ideal living arrangement, they quickly find themselves grappling with the burden of their family’s troublesome history. While trying to mend the past, the pair unearths a foreboding danger threatening to break the perilously thin bonds holding them together. (November-December 2018)

Written by Leah Nanako Winkler
Directed by Morgan Gould
Proudly developed during award-winning playwright Leah Nanako Winkler’s tenure as part of the Primary Stages Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, GOD SAID THIS is a provocative and surprisingly funny new drama about five Kentuckians facing mortality in very different ways. With her mom undergoing chemotherapy, Hiro, a NYC transplant, returns home to Kentucky after years away, struggling to let go of the demons she inherited. Sophie, her born-again Christian sister, confronts her faith while tackling inevitable adversity. James, their recovering alcoholic father, wants to repair his fractured relationship with his daughters. And John, an old classmate and thirty-something single dad, worries about leaving a lasting legacy for his only son. Wry and bittersweet, GOD SAID THIS is a portrait of five Godless and God-loving people finding that their struggles bring them together in unexpected ways. GOD SAID THIS will have its world premiere at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in February 2018. (January-February 2019)

Written by Kate Hamill
Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott
Directed by Sarna Lapine
In the spring, Primary Stages will welcome back Kate Hamill, playwright and star of our hit production of Pride and Prejudice, with her fresh new take on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel of love and duty, LITTLE WOMEN. Jo March doesn’t want to be like other girls; in fact, she’s not even sure that she wants to be a girl. Jo is ambitious, rough around the edges, headstrong, and yearns for a future she can’t yet articulate. As the nation is torn apart by civil war, Jo and her sisters struggle with what it means to grow up. Gender roles, political beliefs, poverty, and even love itself threaten to break family ties, as the March sisters try to reconcile their identities with society’s demands. How do you stay true to yourself when the world wants you to become a perfect little woman? (May-June 2019)

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