Parker Posey comes to Playwrights Horizons
Tue Mar 17 2009
How jazzed are we to hear about Playwrights Horizons fall-spring lineup? Let's just drop some writer names on you: Melissa James Gibson. Bruce Norris. Annie Baker. Daniel Goldfarb. These fine dramatists have shows slated for the season, directed by—oh, boy, this is good too—Daniel Aukin, Pam MacKinnon, Sam Gold and Leigh Silverman, respectively. Parker Posey is scheduled to appear in the Gibson world premiere, titled This. More details after the jump.
Sure, we love Annie Baker and Bruce Norris, but the news for us is Melissa James Gibson having a NYC production. First she blew us away with her quirky brainiac study of urban neighborliness, [sic], then followed it up with the equally weird and compelling Suitcase. That was 2001 and 2004, respectively. And since then? Not a stylized peep. What's up, Melissa? According to your New Dramatists page, you have more plays, but for some reason no one has presented them. We're hoping she just has a slow development process. If you've ever caught one of her shows, with its heightened language and tricky structure, that would come as no surprise. This one stars Posey as a poet named Jane, whose husband died a year ago and who's busy raising a ten-year-old as she warily enters the dreaded forties. Daniel Aukin, who midwived Gibson's two other works at Soho Rep, directs this one as well.
The other plays are Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation, about a New England community-center drama experiment; The Retributionists, a story of Jewish revenge for the Holocaust, in 1946; and Clybourne Park, a "pitch-black" comedy, in which Bruce Norris surveys white flight and gentrification from 1958 to '08.
They all sound good to us. For tickets and information on a season subscription, mouse over here.