The Gift Theatre announces 2015 season

New plays by David Rabe, William Nedved and Mat Smart are on the slate in Jefferson Park
Photograph: Courtesy of the Gift Theatre The Gift Theatre
By Kris Vire |

The Gift Theatre has announced three world premieres for its 2015 season in Jefferson Park. The season opens in March with The Royal Society of Antarctica by Mat Smart, who spent three months at the U.S. Antarctic research center McMurdo Station before writing the play, which will be directed by Sheldon Patinkin.

In July, Marti Lyons will helm Body & Blood, by Gift co-founder William Nedved (Northwest Highway). In September, artistic director Michael Patrick Thornton will stage a newly expanded, full-length version of Good for Otto, a play by David Rabe (Hurlyburly) about a therapist and his patients; it was originally written for a 1999 benefit as a short piece that was performed by a cast including Meryl Streep and Sam Waterston.

The Gift's current season continues with Othello, directed by Jonathan Berry, which starts previews next week.