Kelli O'Hara Leads FAR FROM HEAVEN, Judith Ivey Headlines THE GREAT GOD PAN at Playwrights Horizons
Playwrights Horizons, under the leadership of Artistic Director Tim Sanford and Managing Director Leslie Marcus, has announced additional casting for its 2012/2013 Season. Four-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O'Hara and two-time Tony Award winner Judith Ivey join previously-announced Oscar and two-time Tony Award nominee Amy Ryan and Emmy Award nominee David Schwimmer for the Playwrights Horizons 2012/2013 Season at the theater company's home at 416 West 42nd Street.
One of Broadway's leading musical stars, Kelli O'Hara (Tony-nominated for her acclaimed performances in The Light in the Piazza, The Pajama Game, South Pacific and the current Nice Work If You Can Get It) returns to Playwrights Horizons for the first time since starring in the World Premiere of the new musical My Life with Albertine in 2003. She will headline the cast of FAR FROM HEAVEN, the World Premiere of a new musical featuring book by Tony Award winner & two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out, Three Days of Rain), music by Tony Award nominee Scott Frankel (Grey Gardens at PH, Happiness), lyrics by Tony Award nominee Michael Korie (Grey Gardens at PH, The Grapes of Wrath, Happiness) and directed by three-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Grey Gardens at PH, Rent, Next to Normal, The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide…). The musical is based on the Focus Features / Vulcan Productions motion picture Far From Heaven, written and directed by Todd Haynes.
FAR FROM HEAVEN was commissioned by Playwrights Horizons under the auspices of the Playwrights Horizons Musicals in Partnership Initiative with leadership funding provided by the The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Through this initiative, the musical will have a Preview Production run at the Williamstown Theatre Festival this summer, also featuring Ms. O'Hara. The production will begin performances at Playwrights Horizons in May 2013.
Two-time Tony Award winner Judith Ivey (for Steaming and Hurlyburly, additional nomination for Park Your Car in Harvard Yard) will make her Playwrights Horizons debut in the World Premiere of THE GREAT GOD PAN, a new play by Obie Award winner Amy Herzog (After the Revolution at PH, 4000 Miles), directed by Carolyn Cantor (After the Revolution and Essential Self-Defense at PH, Pumpgirl, Orange Flower Water). The production will begin performances in November 2012.
In addition to FAR FROM HEAVEN and THE GREAT GOD PAN, the four other productions of the 2012/2013 Season will be:
DETROIT – the New York premiere of a new play by Lisa D'Amour (2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist for this play, 2011 Steinberg Playwright Award winner for her body of work, Obie Award winner for Nita and Zita), directed by Obie Award winner Anne Kauffman (Maple and Vine at Playwrights Horizons, The Thugs, Stunning, Naked Angels' This Wide Night), featuring Oscar and Tony Award nominee Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone, "The Office," On the Mountain at Playwrights Horizons) and Emmy Award nominee David Schwimmer ("Friends," "Band of Brothers," Playwrights Horizons debut). DETROIT will be the first production of the season, beginning performances on Friday, August 24, 2012 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater,
THE WHALE – the New York premiere of a new play by Obie Award winner Samuel D. Hunter (A Bright New Boise), directed by Davis McCallum (A Bright New Boise, Queens Boulevard, Elliot: A Soldier's Fugue). The production will begin performances in October 2012 at Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theater.
THE FLICK – the World Premiere of a new play commissioned by Playwrights Horizons with funds from the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, by Obie Award winner Annie Baker (Circle Mirror Transformation at PH, The Aliens, her upcoming adaptation of Uncle Vanya), directed by Obie Award winner Sam Gold (Circle Mirror Transformation, Kin and The Big Meal at PH; Seminar on Broadway, The Aliens). The production will begin performances in February 2013 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater.
THE CALL – the World Premiere of a new play by Tanya Barfield (Blue Door at PH), directed by Obie Award winner Leigh Silverman (Go Back to Where You Are and Blue Door for PH; Chinglish, Well, In the Wake). The production will begin performances in March 2013 at Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theater. THE CALL will be presented as a co-production with Primary Stages.
Additional casting information and dates for the six shows will be announced in the coming months.
Three subscription packages to Playwrights Horizons' 2012/2013 season are now available: a 6-show Subscription package ($230, four Mainstage and two Peter Jay Sharp Theater Productions); FlexPass (4+ tickets, $45-50 per ticket); and Membership ($55 membership fee + one ticket at $40 or less for each show, as desired). In addition, the company will continue to offer 30&Under Membership ($20 membership fee + one $20 ticket for each show, as desired); and Student Membership ($10 membership fee + one $10 ticket for each show, as desired). In addition to discounts on all Mainstage season attractions, subscribers receive priority booking and seating, ticket exchange privileges, parking and dining discounts, and exclusive mailings of Playwrights Horizons Bulletins. Packages are available at www.TicketCentral.com.