Wild Root Company to Present Industry Readings of American Theatre Critics' New Play Winner PERFECT ARRANGEMENT, 6/19
The Wild Root Company, a brand new production endeavor committed to cultivating new works from emerging playwrights and screenwriters, will present two industry readings of Topher Payne's timely new comedy Perfect Arrangement on Thursday June 19, 2014 at 3:00 and 7:30 pm at The Creative Center at Manhattan Theatre Club. Linda Lombardi, who helmed the play's critically acclaimed, sold-out world premiere at The Source Festival in Washington, D.C. in 2013, will direct. Sean Hudock, Rocco Natale and Thatcher Stevens will produce the readings. Casting will be announced at a later date.
Additionally, The Wild Root Company will host a writer's workshop with playwright Payne and director Lombardi (who is also the Literary Manager for Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.) at the Creative Center at Manhattan Theatre Club in mid-June, date, time and reservation method will be announced in the coming weeks.
In Topher Payne's Perfect Arrangement two gay couples marry each other's partners and live next door to each other in a seemingly perfect picture of 1950's domestic bliss. But when the US government focuses on a new "threat" to national security, their perfect arrangement is in jeopardy. "It ends up being [about] how much you should disrupt your own existence for the sake of demanding something more." said Payne in a 2013 interview with The Washington Post. "And that's an argument we're still having"
Payne, an established theatre artist in the greater Atlanta theatre community, received the American Theatre Critics Association 2014 M. Elizabeth Osborn New Play award for an emerging playwright for Perfect Arrangement. The award, which was presented on April 5 at the Humana Theater Festival at Actor's Theatre of Louisville, recognizes "the work of an author who has not yet achieved national stature." Perfect Arrangement was developed in 2008 by the Process Theatre Company's Plays-in-Process in Atlanta, Georgia. An earlier version of the script premiered in April, 2009 under the direction of Barbara Cole Uterhardt.
The Creative Center at Manhattan Theatre Club is located at 311 West 43rd Street on the 8th Floor.