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Maugham Play is Among Keen Company's '05-'06 Season

Keen Company has announced its 2005-2006 season, with Somerset Maugham (The Constant Wife) being represented once again on New York stages.

Keen Company, which has based its reputation on revivals of worthy but overlooked twentieth century plays, will first present Maugham's The Breadwinner at the Connelly Theatre (220 East 4th Street, between Aves. A and B) from September 6th to October 2nd; it will also play from October 6th to November 2nd at the Merrimack Repertory Theater in Lowell, Massachusetts. Directed by Carl Forsman, the play will be seen in its first New York revival. A London hit in 1931, The Breadwinner
relates how "A middle class man confronts his comfortable middle class family with a startling announcement, and no one's life will ever be the same. A surprising domestic comedy from the writer who famously once had four plays running simultaneously in London," according to production notes.

The Breadwinner, a co-production with Merrimack Rep, stars Jennifer Van Dyck (Hedda Gabler, and star of Keen Company's first production The Second Man) and Jack Gilpin (the Obie-winning Sin: A Cardinal Deposed, The Elephant Man).

A March production that has yet to be announced will follow the Maugham play before Heinar Kipphardt's In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer is presented from May 30th, 2006 to June 27th at the Connelly Theatre. Helmed once again by Forsman, the play is a "striking docu-drama about the man who invented the atomic bomb and his 1954 Atomic Energy Commission Security Clearance review. In its first major revival since it's 1969 premiere at Lincoln Center, In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer is a timely portrait of scientific ethics and national security." The show stars Thomas Jay Ryan (Henry Fool) as Oppenheimer.

Keen Company has produced twelve full-length plays in its five seasons. It has been honored with five Drama Desk Nominations, two Off Broadway transfers, an Obie, and in 2005 a Special Drama Desk Award "for moving and enlightening audiences with plays that build upon our theatrical heritage."

Subscriptions to Keen Company's three-play season are available for $50; single tickets are $19. The general public can call SmartTix at 212-868-4444 or visit www.smarttix.com. For more information on Keen Company, visit www.keencompany.org.
 

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