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Wisdom & Inspiration from A.R. Gurney

Over his lifetime, A.R. Gurney shared many words of wisdom with audiences here at Primary Stages and at theaters across the country. Here are some of our favorite anecdotes of advice from one of the most prolific playwrights of the 20th century. (And follow us on Instagram for new wisdom each Wednesday!)

The Primary Stages production of Final Follies by A.R. Gurney runs through October 21, 2018 at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Click here for ticket information and more!

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Final Follies Production Photos

A.R. Gurney’s Final Follies began performances on September 12 and is running through October 21. Take a look at photos from the production featuring cast members Betsy Aidem, Colin Hanlon, Mark Junek, Piter Marek, Greg Mullavey, Rachel Nicks, and Deborah Rush. All photos are by James Leynse.

A.R. Gurney's Final Follies at Primary Stages.

Colin Hanlon and Rachel Nicks

A.R. Gurney's Final Follies at Primary Stages.

Greg Mullavey and Mark Junek

A.R. Gurney's Final Follies at Primary Stages.

Deborah Rush and Piter Marek

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Betsy Aidem and Deborah Rush

A.R. Gurney's Final Follies at Primary Stages.

Deborah Rush

A.R. Gurney's Final Follies at Primary Stages.

Betsy Aidem and Piter Marek

A.R. Gurney's Final Follies at Primary Stages.

Colin Hanlon and Piter Marek

A.R. Gurney's Final Follies at Primary Stages.

Rachel Nicks, Betsy Aidem, and Piter Marek

A.R. Gurney's Final Follies at Primary Stages.

Colin Hanlon and Rachel Nicks

The Primary Stages production of Final Follies by A.R. Gurney runs through October 21, 2018 at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Click here for ticket information and more!

From the desk of Mrs. Bennet

Greetings from the Bennet family! We have had quite the eventful year. As the year draws to a close, I wanted to share with you some of the many blessings bestowed upon the Bennet bunch over these last twelve months. (Avert your gaze now if you have lapsed in following our family affairs—spoilers ahead!)

Bennet family newsletter


Spend your holidays with the Bennets this year! The Primary Stages production of Pride and Prejudice runs through January 6, 2018. Visit our website for tickets and more info.

Happy 242nd birthday, Jane!

Happy birthday Jane!

On December 16, 1775, Jane Austen was born in the rural village of Steventon, England. Not many concrete details are known about birthday traditions in Austen’s time, but it seems that, unless you were royalty (see: national holiday), celebrations were modest affairs—some well wishes shared between family, perhaps the exchange of flowers and/or a gift.

We’ll be feting Jane’s illustrious legacy with a special birthday performance! Even if you can’t join us, we encourage you to raise a little toast to one of the most influential voices in English literature, whose wit and astute assessment of society resonates to this day.


Performances of the Primary Stages production of Pride and Prejudice run through January 6 at the Cherry Lane Theatre. For tickets and additional information, please visit our website.

Casting Announced for Lives of the Saints

Primary Stages is thrilled to continue our 30th anniversary season with Lives of the Saints, a world premiere collection of delightfully funny and unforgettable short plays by David Ives (All in the Timing, Venus in Fur) and directed by Tony Award winner John Rando (All in the Timing, On The Town, Urinetown).

Meet the wonderfully talented and accomplished actors who will bring these terrifically funny short plays to life.

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ARNIE BURTON

Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher, The 39 Steps, Machinal, A Free Man of Color, Amadeus. Off-Broadway includes: Tail Spin, Mere Mortals by David Ives, The Temperamentals (Drama Desk Award, ensemble), Irma Vep (Drama League nom.), The Last Sunday in June. Also the L.A. premiere of All in the Timing at the Geffen. TV and film includes the upcoming series “Flesh and Bone,” also The Invention of Lying, “Blue Bloods,” “Frasier.

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Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher (also Off-Broadway), Reckless, Noises Off. Off-Broadway: The Tempest, The Explorers Club, All In the Timing. Film: Wedding Crashers, When a Stranger Calls, Kissing Jessica Stein. TV: “Deadbeat,” “30 Rock.” Upcoming: The Metropolitan Opera production The Merry Widow under the direction of Susan Stroman.

 

 

 

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RICK HOLMES

Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher (also Off-Broadway), Spamalot, The Pillowman, Cabaret, Major Barbara, The Deep Blue Sea, Timon of Athens, The Government Inspector, Saint Joan. Off-Broadway: The Threepenny Opera, The School for Lies, The New York Idea, Distracted, Stop Kiss. Regional: Williamstown, Old Globe, Arena Stage, Huntington Theater.

 

 

 

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KELLY HUTCHINSON

Broadway: Desire Under the Elms, Major Barbara, Macbeth. Off-Broadway: Or (Women’s Project), Voyage of the Carcass (Soho Playhouse), Homebody/Kabul (NYTW), etc. Regional: David Ives’ The Heir Apparent (Shakespeare Theatre), Emma (Old Globe), How Shakespeare Won The West (Huntington), The Unmentionables (Yale Rep), etc. TV: “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” and more. Films include: Don Peyote, Catch Me If You Can, and The Sea is All I Know with Melissa Leo.

 

 

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Broadway: Venus in Fur; Born Yesterday; Is He Dead? Off-Broadway: All in the Timing (Primary Stages); Blood and Gifts; Beyond Therapy; Jane Eyre; Wife to James Whelan; Women Beware Women. Regional: Venus in Fur; Nora; Suddenly Last Summer; Loot; Noises Off; Boeing-Boeing. TV: “The Good Wife”; “Person of Interest”; “Elementary.” MFA: NYU Graduate Acting.

 

Lives of the Saints features scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Anita Yavich, lighting design by Jason Lyons, sound design and original music by John Gromada, wig design by Tom Watson, and casting by Calleri Casting.

Lives of the Saints plays a limited engagement February 3- March 27, 2015 at Primary Stages at The Duke on 42nd Street. Tickets can be purchased online at PrimaryStages.org or at Dukeon42.org, by phone at 646-223-3010, or at the box office.

The Tribute Artist

The Tribute Artist – Meet the Cast

After weeks of rehearsal, the fourth show of our 2013/14 season, The Tribute Artist, will begin previews next week! The show is looking great and we can’t wait to debut the latest comedy from the master of Off-Broadway farce, Charles Busch. Check out our good-looking cast (more…)