Boston Playwrights' Theatre Announces 2012/13 Season


Boston Playwrights' Theatre will present its 31st season of new plays in Boston starting with a collaboration with Company One, Underground Railway Theater and Central Square Theater. Written and performed by Danny Bryck, No Room for Wishing is a one-man show about the joys and perils of protest, in particular the Occupy Boston movement. Presented at Company One (Boston Center for the Arts, Sept. 13-22), at Underground Railway Theater (Central Square Theater, Sept. 30-Oct. 9), AND for one night only (September 24) at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. Join us in celebrating this up-and-coming talented young actor in his response to the important demonstrations in our country’s cities.

Our at-home opener begins with recent BPT alumna Jaclyn Villano’s biting (pun intended) comedy of manners, The Company We Keep. We can joke all we want to about attorneys and sharks, but here the metaphor is apt. New to Georgetown with a law professorship and a freshly renovated home, attorneys Harry and wife Ellie are having difficulty settling their 12-year-old son into the new school.  When their best friends Katherine and Greg come to the housewarming with surprises of their own, what ensues tests the bonds of friendship, marriage, and parenthood in surprising, even shocking ways.

We continue our fall season with Obie-nominated author Richard Schotter’s The Sussman Variations. Charlie Sussman has got it made. He’s turning 75, and thankfully his family is joining the celebration.  Or maybe that’s the problem.  His kids hate his second wife, his son Jonathan is at war with his own daughter about college exams and with his wife about everything, Harry’s daughter is afraid to come out of the closet, and none of them forgive Harry for divorcing their mother.  Oh, and nobody wants to hear the songs from his latest musical.  If only Harry could write the libretto for his Life, maybe he’d be able to celebrate. Featuring Ken Baltin as Charlie, with original music by Phil Schroeder and direction by Jeff Zinn.

Season 31 comes to a close with Legally Dead, a new black comedy from BPT alum Dan Hunter. Dad hasn’t been here for a while—five years, in fact—and some of the family wants him dead.  Legally, that is.  After all, you can’t sell the car dealership without a death certificate.  Tommy’s back from prison and he’s sorry he ordered that hit man, Annie’s fresh from her divorce and she needs the dough, Rachel has found Jesus and needs to buy his love, and Mom…well, Mom’s closet holds the answer to everything—if only dog Walter would stop piddling in it.  From the award-winning author of La Tango en la Noche and Red ElmLegally Dead cracks with Cadillacs, closets, and a cockapoo.


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