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Perfect Arrangement: Fifties Favorites

When audiences came to see our production of Perfect Arrangement by Topher Payne, we asked them to share their favorites from the 1950s. We’ve tallied up all the responses, and here were your favorites! And the winners are…

Favorite Television Show: I Love Lucy

Runner up: Your Show of Shows

Favorite Movie: All About Eve

Runners up: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, On the Waterfront, Silk Stockings, and  Some Like it Hot (a 5-way tie!)

Favorite Musical: My Fair Lady


Runner up: Singin’ in the Rain

Favorite Celebrity: Buddy Holly, James Dean, and Elvis Presley

Buddy Holly, James Dean, Elvis Presley

Runners up: Doris Day, Elizabeth Taylor, and Gregory Peck

Favorite Play: Inherit the Wind

Inherit the Wind

Runner up: The Crucible

Thank you to everyone who shared with us. We loved taking this stroll down memory lane with all of you.

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A Taste of Perfect Arrangement

With less than two weeks left of performances, get a glimpse at what The New York Times is calling “clever canapé of a comedy.”

The Primary Stages production of Topher Payne’s Perfect Arrangement is running now through November 6, 2015 at The Duke on 42nd Street. Visit our website to learn more and get tickets.

Perfect Arrangement Production Photos

The Primary Stages production of Topher Payne’s Perfect Arrangement is running now through November 6, 2015 at The Duke on 42nd Street. Visit our website to learn more and get tickets. (Photos by James Leynse.)

Perfect Arrangement’s Picture-Perfect Costumes

Costuming is all about storytelling. Great costumes visually tell the story of a character’s journey throughout the play. We’re thrilled to share these gorgeous renderings of Jennifer Caprio’s designs for Perfect Arrangement. 

MILLIE

NORMA

BOB

JIM

BARBARA

TED

KITTY

Perfect Arrangement runs September 29- November 6, 2015 at The Duke on 42nd Street. Visit our website to learn more and get tickets.

Casting Announced for Topher Payne’s Perfect Arrangement

We are thrilled to announce the complete cast for Perfect Arrangement by Topher Payne, the second show in our current season. Meet the talented actors who will be joining the Primary Stages family this September:

JULIA COFFEY: Off-Broadway: London Wall (Drama Desk Nomination), The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd (Drama League Nomination) (The Mint Theater). Regional: Arcadia, Maple & Vine, Once in a Lifetime (A.C.T.); Tales from Hollywood (The Guthrie); The Merchant of Venice, The Beaux Stratagem (The Shakespeare Theatre, DC); As You Like It, (Santa Cruz Shakespeare); Romeo & Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). Training: Florida State University; London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

ROBERT ELI’s television credits include “Blindspot”, “House of Cards”, “Elementary”, “Odd Mom Out”, “Hostages” and “Fringe”. Stage credits include Tartuffe (Roundabout), Saturn Returns  (Lincoln Center) and the World Premiere of The Pretty Trap as well as Williamstown, Westport Country Playhouse, Long Wharf, The Old Globe and Hartford Stage. Juilliard graduate.

MIKAELA FEELY-LEHMANN Broadway: Cyrano de Bergerac (Roundabout Theatre Company) Off- Broadway/Other: Stay (Rattlestick), 10×25The New York Idea (Atlantic Theater Company), The Cloud (HERE Arts), L(y)re (ArsNova ANTfest), West Lethargy (59E59/Edinburgh Fringe/FringeNYC), Unrequited (Public Theater Shakespeare Lab). Regional: The Children’s Hour (Rep Stage) Training: B.F.A NYU Tisch (Atlantic/Stonestreet), Public Theater Shakespeare Lab Alum.

CHRISTOPHER J. HANKE most recently starred in the hit one-man comedy Buyer & Cellar in New York and Toronto, to rave reviews.  Before that he ate the scenery as Bud Frump in the Broadway revival of How to Succeed… Other Broadway credits include:  Rent (Mark), Cry-Baby (Baldwin) and In My Life (JT)  Additionally, Hanke played Tommy Boatwright in director George C. Wolfe’s Tony® Award-winning production of The Normal Heart at Arena Stage in DC and starred as Claude in the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Hair in NYC. Television:  Christopher plays Devon on the new comedy series Odd Mom Out on BRAVO; was series regular Ryan Abbot on the CBS medical drama Three Rivers; had a recurring role of Stuart on HBOs Big Love; and has guest starred on Nashville, Major Crimes, The Client List, and Brothers & Sisters.  Hanke also studies & performs improv with the UCB Theatre in LA/NY in hopes to make people laugh.

KELLY MCANDREW: recent NY credits include: Men On Boats (Clubbed Thumb), Abundance (TACT), Almost, Maine (Transport Group) and Good Television (Atlantic Theatre Company).  Broadway: Maggie the Cat, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Off-Broadway:  Still Life (MCC), The Cataract (The Women’s Project), Book of Days (Signature Theatre).  TV: “Orange is the New Black”, “Smash,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Gossip Girl.” Film: When the Moon Was Twice as Big (filming), Appropriate Behavior (Sundance 2014), In the Family (2011 SPIRIT nomination), Everybody’s Fine. Member: TACT. Training: UMKC.

KEVIN O’ROURKE. Broadway: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Spoils of War, Alone Together. New York/Regional: MTC, The Public, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout, Primary Stages, Arena, Centerstage, Long Wharf, Yale Rep, Williamstown and Lincoln Center. Film: The Aviator, Vice Versa, Turbulence, Freeheld (upcoming). TV: “Remember Wenn” (SAG nom.), “Law & Order,” “The Good Wife,” “Blue Bloods,” “Elementary,” “Veep,” “The Sopranos,” “Boardwalk Empire” (SAG Award, Ensemble), “Outsiders” (upcoming).

JENNIFER VAN DYCK: Recent collaborations: playwrights Sarah Schulman, Sinan Unel, Charles Busch; directors Melia Bensussen, Melinda Lopez, Carl Andress. Broadway: Hedda Gabler, Dancing at Lughnasa, Two Shakespearean Actors, The Secret Rapture. Off Broadway: The Castle, Judith of BethuliaThe Divine Sister, The Third Story. Film/TV: “The Blacklist”, “Royal Pains”, “Elementary”, Person of Interest, Michael Clayton, Across the Universe.

Perfect Arrangement runs September 29- November 6, 2015 at The Duke on 42nd Street. Visit our website to learn more and get tickets.

ESPA Drills Retreat 2015: A Poem of Reflection

On July 9-12, 2015 we brought the four writers selected for the ESPA Drills 2015 play development program on a retreat to Dorset, Vermont. This annual retreat is a chance for our newly-selected playwrights to get away from the busy city for a few days and concentrate entirely on writing and rewriting their plays.

Upon returning from the retreat, writer Karina Richardson reflected upon her experience and shared with us this poem:


drills retreat daydreaming
back at my daily life desk, i find myself dreaming of my drills retreat desk.
here, the city surrounds and swarms me with concrete and deadlines
there, in a cabin nestled in green, i didn’t have to look to feel all that earth-nature-animal energy cocooning me
here, i add, subtract, deal in money and time and the way things should go
there, i drifted, shaped, dealt in ideas upon ideas and the different ways in which my heart could find its way out of my pen
and now i’m back and can’t deny it
so every morning when i sit to write
happily, i seek to fill my everyday-here pockets with sprinkles of magic-there


The ESPA Drills program culminates with a public reading series. This year, the readings take place on August 24 and 25 at The Duke on 42nd Street. The plays presented will be:

DannyKrisDonnaVeronica
by Lawrence Dial
August 24 at 5:00pm

Graduation Day
by Emily Daly
August 24 at 8:00pm

Round She Goes
by Karina Richardson
August 25 at 12:00pm

This Sweet Affliction
by Blake Hackler
August 25 at 3:00pm

Please visit the ESPA Drills page of our website for more information about the ESPA Drills program and to RSVP to attend any of these readings.