Philip Seymour Hoffman to Direct A FAMILY FOR ALL OCCASIONS at LAByrinth Theater Company in Spring 2013
LAByrinth Theater Company (Co-Artistic Directors Stephen Adly Guirgis, Mimi O'Donnell, Yul Vázquez and Managing Director, Danny Feldman), Off-Broadway's home of groundbreaking and incendiary theater, today announced its 2012-2013 season of new works, including the three World Premiere productions of: Radiance by Cusi Cram, A Family for All Occasions, written by Bob Glaudini, and a new play by Stephen Adly Guirgis. All three plays will be presented at the Bank Street Theater (155 Bank Street), LAByrinth Theater Company's new home in New York City's West Village.
Opening the 2012-2013 Season in the Fall is the new play, Radiance by Cusi Cram, directed by Suzanne Agins. In 1955, at El Gato Negro - a seedy bar just off Hollywood Boulevard - a mysterious stranger arrives and quickly turns the quiet universe of the local watering hole upside down. Radiance spans ten years and thousands of miles, delving into a single moment in time that irrevocably changed the world. It retraces the human fallout of fragile, ordinary people forever caught in the cross-hairs of history.
Up next, in the Spring of 2013, is A Family for All Occasions, written by Bob Glaudini and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. The play tells the story of Howard, who just wants to express himself and be lent an ear! But his wife is way past listening, and his teen-aged kids prefer their Dad rarely seen and never heard. So when his promiscuous daughter's latest suitor drops by with his flair for words and odd devotion to family, Howard's prayers appear answered -- until his home life is thrown dangerously and irrevocable off-course. A Family for All Occasions is a wry, heartfelt comedy from the author of Jack Goes Boating and A View from 151st Street.
Concluding Labryinth's 21st season in the summer of 2013 is a new play by our Co-Artistic Director, Stephen Adly Guirgis. Whether it's a few Saints fighting over Judas's fate or a bunch of down-and-outs dreaming of a land in which they'd all be kings, Mr. Guirgis's plays tackle life's biggest questions with a streetwise wit and an open heart – always searching for that touch of grace in an ugly, violent world. This season, Labyrinth is thrilled to present the latest work from the Tony-nominated author of The Motherf**ker With The Hat, Our Lady of 121st Street, and Jesus Hopped The A Train.
Alongside these three World Premiere productions, LAByrinth Theater Company is presenting two full festivals of play readings, free of charge, to their audiences. NEWYORKNEWYORK is a week-long tribute to the plays and culture of New York City featuring Labyrinth artists, friends, and special guests. They will be reading plays new and old from all over the five boroughs in order to create a diverse theatrical mosaic of the place we are proud to call home. It will be a marathon and a party – kind of like living in the city that never sleeps.
And coming back for its fourteenth consecutive year is the BARN SERIES, the annual festival of brand new plays, featuring the work of Labyrinth Company Members and guest artists engaged in Labyrinth's unique development process. The readings, which take place over the course of the entire Season, are the first public presentations of these dynamic new works. It's a rare chance for our audiences to participate in shaping plays that are eventually seen fully produced on our stage, as well as on stages across the country – and the world.
In an effort to make great theater accessible to all New Yorkers, Labyrinth offers the Labpass, which gives our audience the chance to see all three shows in our 2012/13 Season for just $99. Labpass holders are guaranteed the best seats in the house for the performances of their choice and receive front of the line access to all our events, including advance reservation privileges to our NEWYORKNEWYORK festival and the Barn Series. It's a chance to get up close and downtown with Labyrinth – all year long.
To purchase a Labpass, and to find more information on the Season, please visit our dedicated Season website at labtheater.org/upclose.
Labyrinth receives generous, year-round support from the following sponsors: Bank of New York Mellon; and Morgans Hotel Group, the official hospitality partner of LAByrinth Theater Company. Time Warner is the lead sponsor of new play development at LAByrinth Theater Company.
Additional support is provided by: Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Shubert Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation. Labyrinth acknowledges the generous support of The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; Kate D. Levin, Commissioner. Labyrinth's productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from The New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.