Playwrights Horizons Announces Rabe, Booth, Payne & More For 2010/11 Season


Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) has announced additional casting for its 2010/2011 40th Anniversary Season.

Lily Rabe (The American Plan, Crimes of the Heart, Steel Magnolias) will headline the World Premiere of KIN, a new play by Bathsheba Doran (Living Room in Africa, her adaptation of Great Expectations at The Lucille Lortel). Directed by Obie Award winner Sam Gold (Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation at Playwrights Horizons and The Aliens at Rattlestick), performances will take place in spring 2011.

In KIN, Anna (Ms. Rabe), a Texan Ivy League poetry scholar, and Sean, an Irish personal trainer, hardly seem destined for one another. But as their web of disparate family and friends crosses great distances - both psychologically and geographically - an unlikely new family is forged. Ms. Doran's play sheds a sharp light on the changing face of kinship in the expansive landscape of the modern world.

In other casting news, Zachary Booth (Prayer for My Enemy at PH, "Damages," Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist), Natalia Payne (New Jerusalem at CSC), Stephen Payne (Superior Donuts and August: Osage County on Broadway; Me, Myself & I at The McCarter) and Preston Sadleir (Off-Broadway debut) complete the cast of the New York premiere of Edward Albee's ME, MYSELF & I, a new play by the three-time Pulitzer Prize and three-time Tony Award winner (A Delicate Balance; Seascape; Three Tall Women; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia?).

The four will join the previously-announced Tony Award winner Elizabeth Ashley (for Take Her, She's Mine; plus Barefoot in the Park, August: Osage County) and three-time Tony Award nominee Brian Murray (for The Crucible, The Little Foxes and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead; Obie Award for Mr. Albee's The Play About the Baby).

Directed by Tony Award nominee, Obie Award winner and McCarter Theatre Artistic Director Emily Mann (Miss Witherspoon at Playwrights Horizons, Having Our Say, Mr. Albee's All Over), the production was originally presented at McCarter Theatre in January 2008. Mr. Murray will reprise his acclaimed performance from the McCarter production.

Edward Albee's ME, MYSELF & I will open Playwrights Horizons' 40th Anniversary Season, beginning performances August 24, 2010 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street). The production will have its official opening on September 12, 2010. Single tickets, $75, will go on sale Monday, July 19.

In ME, MYSELF & I, Mother (Ms. Ashley) can't tell her identical twins apart. But when Otto (Mr. Booth) announces his brother (Mr. Sadleir) doesn't exist, the household descends into chaos.

ME, MYSELF & I had its World Premiere at McCarter Theatre, opening on January 18, 2008 and playing a limited engagement through February 17, 2008. Ben Brantley in The New York Times hailed the play as, "A laugh-out-loud farce in which the meanings of everyday words split and multiply like amoebas on steroids. Directed by Emily Mann and engagingly acted by a cast that includes the invaluable Albee veteran Brian Murray, it's in the tradition of Mr. Albee's mid- and late- career works like The Marriage Play and The Play About the Baby: fragmented philosophical vaudevilles that turn the most fundamental questions of identity into verbal soft-shoes. It also harks back to his early exercises in absurdism (including the one-acters The Sandbox and The American Dream), coal-black comedies from a time when brash young writers reveled in toppling theatrical traditions."

Mr. Albee will be making his Playwrights Horizons debut with this production. Ms. Mann previously worked with Playwrights Horizons directing Miss Witherspoon (2005). Both Ms. Ashley and Mr. Murray are also returning to the theater company, where she appeared in When She Danced (1990) and he appeared in The Butterfly Collection (2000) and Mud, River, Stone (1997). Mr. Booth previously appeared at Playwrights Horizons in Prayer for My Enemy (2009).

Additional casting for the 2010/2011 Season will be announced in the coming months.

Playwrights Horizons' season productions are generously supported by The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.

Playwrights Horizons is supported in part by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New

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