First Casting Announcement of 2014/15!

We are pleased to announce the casts for the first two shows of our 30th Anniversary Season! Title Treatment copy copyWIYLTitleTreatments Our first show, the New York premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s new comedy, Poor Behavior, is directed by Evan Cabnet (The Model Apartment, A Kid Like Jake) features a cast of faces new to our stage including Heidi Armbruster, Brian Avers, Jeff Biehl and Katie Kreisler.   PoorBehaviorHeadshotStripB&W Heidi Armbruster has been seen in Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Disgraced and the film “My Man is a Loser”. Her play Dairyland was also developed in ESPA Drills 2012 Series. Brian Avers appeared in The Explorers Club at MTC and The Lieutenant of Inishmore and Rock N Roll on Broadway. Jeff Biehl was a part of Roundabout’s recent production of Machinal on Broadway and previously appeared in the film, “A Master Builder” and Katie Kreisler recently appeared in Lincoln Center Theater’s premiere of Nikolai and The Others and The House of Blue Leaves on Broadway. We are excited to bring you these talented actors and to welcome them into our Primary Stages family.

For our second production, we will present the World Premiere of While I Yet Live by the Tony-winning star of Kinky Boots and Angels in America, Billy Porter, and directed by Tony Award nominee Sheryl Kaller (Mothers and Sons, Next Fall, Adrift in Macao). This new work will feature Elain Graham (The Picture Box, “Smash”), Emmy Award winner S. Epatha Merkerson (Come Back, Little Sheba; “Law & Order”)  Kevyn Morrow (The Scarlet Pimpernel, Dreamgirls), Sharon Washington (The Scottsboro Boys, Wild With Happy), Larry Powell (Broke-ology, Dutchman) and Tony Award winner Lillias White (The LifeFela!).

Poor Behavior runs July 29 -September 7, CLICK HERE to get tickets! While I Yet Live runs September 23 – October 31. Both shows will take place at Primary Stages new home, The Duke on 42nd Street.

Executive Producer Casey Childs on Charles Busch, Imagining Doors, and Things Ridiculous

On a chilly October evening in 1993, I walked several blocks from my home at the time in Sag Harbor to the Bay Street Theater to see a reading of You Should Be So Lucky, a new play by Charles Busch. I was familiar with Charles’ early work with his company Theater in Limbo on plays like Vampires Lesbians of Sodom and Psycho Beach Party. I had always admired Charles for his ease at transforming, for his sly humor, for his adoration of old movies and movie stars, and for his knack at repurposing bygone theater conventions. But mostly I admired Charles as an all-around man of the theater: actor, playwright, comic, producer, founder, visionary.

You Should Be So Lucky

Primary Stages’ 1994 world premiere of “You Should Be So Lucky,” written by and starring Charles Busch

I recall an interview from the seventies with the great Charles Ludlam, who was the founder of the most aptly named entertainment establishment in history, the Ridiculous Theatrical Company. When asked how he got his start, he replied that when he was ready to enter the business, there was no obvious door for a person of his talents to do so.

“The first thing I had to do was invent the door.”


Creating a Season with Associate Artistic Director Michelle Bossy

Get a glimpse of the artistic production process from Primary Stages Associate Artistic Director Michelle Bossy as she walks us through the steps of assembling a season.

Associate Artistic Director Michelle Bossy

Associate Artistic Director Michelle Bossy

Even though we recently announced our 2014/15 season, in our administrative offices on 38th Street, our minds are already on 2015/16! We are still reading plays. Lots of them. Season planning doesn’t happen the month before we announce; we do it all year long. It is an ongoing process – creating relationships, talking with playwrights, agents, directors, actors, literary managers and artistic directors; attending readings, hosting readings, and stealing away quiet office afternoons to read the plays that are in our inboxes – that sometimes takes months or years. (more…)

A letter from our Executive Producer and Artistic Director

Andrew Leynse and Casey Childs

Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director and Casey Childs, Founder and Executive Producer

Dear Friends,

Believe it or not, our 30th Anniversary is almost here and we have some very exciting announcements about this upcoming season.