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Playwrights Horizons Presents Three New Productions for 2011 Season

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

Casting is now complete for the World Premiere of KIN, a new play by Bathsheba Doran (Living Room in Africa, her adaptation of Great Expectations at The Lortel), directed by Obie Award winner Sam Gold (Circle Mirror Transformation at PH, Tigers Be Still, The Aliens, The Coward).  The cast will feature Tony Award nominee Suzanne Bertish (The Moliére Comedies, the original London and Broadway Nicholas Nickleby), Bill Buell (On the Bum at PH, HBO's "John Adams"), Kristen Elizabeth Bush (Broadway's A Touch of the Poet, King Lear at The Public, Photograph 51 at EST), Patch Darragh (Roundabout's The Glass Menagerie and Crimes of the Heart), Laura Heisler (Doris to Darlene at PH, Coram Boy), Matthew Rauch (Broadway's The Merchant of Venice and Prelude to a Kiss), Cotter Smith (Broadway's Next Fall, X2: X-Men United), Concetta Tomei (Broadway's The Elephant Man, The Clean House at Lincoln Center, Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead) and Molly Ward (The Seagull and Three Sisters at ART).  The play was originally announced to feature Lily Rabe, who had to withdraw when The Merchant of Venice transferred to Broadway.

Initial casting has been announced for the Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop (Artistic Director, James C. Nicola; Managing Director, William Russo) & South Ark Stage (Rhoda Herrick, Producing/Artistic Director) co-production of THE SHAGGS: PHILOSOPHY OF THE WORLD.  The new musical features book by Joy Gregory; music by Gunnar Madsen; lyrics by Ms. Gregory and Mr. Madsen; and story by Ms. Gregory, Mr. Madsen and John Langs. 

The co-production, which the three non-profit theaters will present at Playwrights Horizons in spring 2011 as the musical's New York premiere, will feature Tony Award nominee and Obie Award winner Peter Friedman (Ragtime, PH's Circle Mirror Transformation, After the Revolution and The Heidi Chronicles) and Kevin Cahoon (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Lortel nomination for Roundabout's The Foreigner, front man for the band Kevin Cahoon and Ghetto Cowboy). 

In addition, dates have been announced for KIN, THE SHAGGS: PHILOSOPHY OF THE WORLD and GO BACK TO WHERE YOU ARE, the World Premiere of a new play written by and featuring three-time Obie Award winner David Greenspan (author/performer of She Stoops to Comedy, performer in The Wax and director of Kate's Diary, all at PH; Coraline; Some Men, The Argument; The Myopia; The Boys in the Band) and directed by Leigh Silverman (Blue Door and The Retributionists at PH, Well on Broadway, In the Wake at The Public, Coraline, Drama Desk nomination for From Up Here).

KIN will begin previews, Friday, February 25 at Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theater, with an Opening Night set for Monday, March 21. Limited engagement is through Sunday, April 3. GO BACK TO WHERE YOU ARE will begin previews Thursday, March 24 at Playwrights Horizons Peter Jay Sharp Theater with an Opening Night set for Tuesday, April 12. The limited engagement is through Sunday, May 1. THE SHAGGS: PHILOSOPHY OF THE WORLD will begin previews Thursday, May 12 at Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theater with an Opening Night TBD. The limited engagement is through Sunday, July 3.

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 York State Assembly and the New York State Senate.  In addition, Playwrights Horizons receives major support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Time Warner Inc., the Charina Endowment Fund and the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.

For subscription and ticket information to all Playwrights Horizons productions, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, Noon to 8 pm daily, or purchase online at the Playwrights Horizons website at

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