Primary Stages Adds HARRISON TX, HIM, ALL IN THE TIMING to 2012-13 Season

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Primary Stages just announced the first three plays of their 28th Season. In launching their season, the award-winning company will revisit collaborations with playwrights with whom they have partnered to create some of their most celebrated productions.

American playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner Horton Foote has been forever immortalized by a legacy of plays, including the Primary Stages production of Dividing the Estate which subsequently transferred to Broadway and received two 2009 Tony Award® nominationsincluding Best Play and Best Supporting Actress for Hallie Foote. His legacy continues with the start of our 28th Season, which kicks off with an evening of Horton’s short plays and continues with a world premiere by Daisy Foote, Horton’s daughter. Hallie Foote will appear in both productions.

HARRISON, TX : THREE PLAYS BY Horton Foote 
Directed by Pam MacKinnon
July 24 – September 15, 2012

Pulitzer Prize winner Horton Foote’s stunning range as a dramatist is evident in Harrison, TX: Three Plays by Horton Foote. Foote explores the humor, darkness, and romance of the people of the titular town in these works: Blind Date, The One-Armed Man, and The Midnight Caller.
Kicking off our season, these plays demonstrate Mr. Foote’s powerful insight into the human comedy. Pam MacKinnon (A Lifetime Burning at Primary Stages, Clybourne Park) directs.

HIM
A new play by Daisy Foote
Directed by Evan Yionoulis
September 21 – October 27, 2012

In the tradition of great American plays, Daisy Foote explores the institution of the American family in Him. Two siblings struggling to keep the family store afloat must decide which is a priority: their father’s final wishes, or their financial stability. It’s a choice that could tear them apart. This searing drama will receive its world premiere at Primary Stages, directed by Evan Yionoulis (The Violet Hour on Broadway).

20TH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION:

For the third installment in the season, Primary Stages will revisit a play that helped to put both the company and the now-celebrated playwright, David Ives, on the map two decades ago.

ALL IN THE TIMING
by David Ives
Directed by John Rando
January 22 – March 3, 2013

Primary Stages is pleased to present the 20th Anniversary revival of our hilarious 1993 play All in the Timing, in an all-new production. When it premiered, Vincent Canby of The New York Times told audiences to “Drop-everything-and-go! Spread the word!” This new production marks the first major revival in New York City since our original premiere. John Rando (The Toxic Avenger Musical, Tony Award® winner for Urinetown) directs this overdue revival.

The fourth production in our 2012/2013 season is still under consideration at this time, but rest assured it will be a provocative new play.

“We are thrilled to announce our 28th Season, which will celebrate our past, our present, and our future,” says Casey Childs, Founder & Executive Producer of Primary StagesPrimary Stages has a long history with the Foote family beginning in 2000 when we produced Daisy Foote’s When They Speak of Rita, directed by her father Horton Foote, and then Horton’s plays The Day Emily Married and Dividing the Estate. Our initial production of David Ives’ All in the Timing enjoyed a successful two-year run off-Broadway before becoming one of the most produced plays in America. Primary Stages went on to produce Mr. Ives’ plays including Don Juan in Chicago and Mere Mortals. We are very excited to collaborate again with both the Foote family and David Ives.”

4-play subscriptions for the Primary Stages 2012-2013 season range from $132-$172 and can be purchased via TicketCentral.com or by calling Ticket Central at 212.279.4200 . For additional information about Primary Stages, please visit the website at www.primarystages.org.

Primary Stages continues its 2011/2012 season with the new comedy, Rx, written by Kate Fodor, which is currently running through March 3. The official opening night is Tuesday, February 7. Directed by Ethan McSweeny (Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Sabina in 2005 at Primary Stages) the cast will feature Michael Bakkensen (Noises Off, Festen), Marylouise Burke (Fuddy Meers, Into The Woods, Is He Dead?), Marin Hinkle (“Two and a Half Men”, Electra), Stephen Kunken (Rock ’n’ Roll, Frost/Nixon), Paul Niebanck (In the Next Room…, Shockheaded Peter), and Elizabeth Rich (Cherry Orchard, Hannah and Martin).

The 2011/2012 season will conclude March 20 - April 28, 2012 with the New York Premiere of the new play, The Morini Strad, by Willy Holtzman directed by Primary Stages Founder and Executive Producer Casey Childs. (Casting will soon be announced.)

Primary Stages is an Off-Broadway theater company dedicated to inspiring, supporting, and sharing the art of playwriting. Under the leadership of Founder and Executive Producer Casey Childs, Artistic Director Andrew Leynse and Managing Director Elliot Fox, we operate on the strongly held belief that the future of American theater relies on nurturing playwrights and giving them the artistic support needed to create new work. Since our founding in 1984, we have produced more than 100 new plays, including Charles Busch’s Olive and the Bitter Herbs; A.R. Gurney’s Black Tie; Horton Foote’s Dividing the Estate (Two 2009 Tony Award® nominations); Brooke Berman’s Hunting and Gathering (one of New York Magazine’s Top Ten Plays of 2008); Terrence McNally’s Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams (starring Nathan Lane and Marian Seldes) and The Stendhal Syndrome (featuring Isabella Rossellini and Richard Thomas); Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter’s In the Continuum (which went on to tour the U.S., Africa, and Scotland); David Ives’ All in the Timing; and Conor McPherson’s St. Nicholas (which marked the playwright’s U.S. debut). In 2008, Primary Stages was honored with the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work, which encompasses much more than the plays we produce for the stage. Primary Stages supports playwrights and develops new works through commissions, workshops, readings, and our two flagship programs: The Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group and the Marvin and Anne Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA). Through these programs, Primary Stages advocates for our artists, helping them make important—and often transformative—connections within the theater
community.

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