Abingdon Theatre Co, WP Theatre & Colt Coeur Partner to Present New Play By Rehana Lew Mirza
Abingdon Theatre Company has announced the spring main stage production of their 26th season. Abingdon Theater Company teams up with WP Theater and Colt Coeur to present the world premiere of the 2017 Kilroys List play Hatefuck by Rehana Lew Mirza and directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt. The four-week limited engagement runs March 3 - 31, 2019 at WP Theater (2162 Broadway, at West 76th Street). The official opening is March 13. For more information including how to purchase Abingdon season subscriptions visit abingdontheatre.org.
In this bracingly insightful new play, passions ignite when Layla, an intense literature professor, accuses Imran, a brashly iconoclastic novelist, of trading in anti-Muslim stereotypes. But as their attraction grows into something more, they discover that good sex doesn't always make good bedfellows. Conflicting cultural identities collide in this thornily clever antidote to a "meet-cute" romance.
"We couldn't be more excited to be coproducing with WP and Colt Coeur this season," says Tony Speciale, Artistic Director, Abingdon Theatre Company. "Rehana Lew Mirza has written a passionate and provocative new play that is important and timely, and we are honored to be a part of its launch Off Broadway."
Previously, Abingdon Theater Company announced the first main stage production of its 2018-2019 season: a collaboration withThe Bushwick Starr to present The Things That Were There, a new play by award-winning playwright and performer David Greenspan (I'm Looking for Helen Twelvetrees at Abrons Arts Center, Go Back To Where You Are at Playwrights Horizons, The Myopia at The Foundry Theatre). Directed by Lee Sunday Evans (Dance Nation, [PORTO], Caught), The Things That Were There runs October 10 - November 3 at The Bushwick Starr Theater, 207 Starr Street, Brooklyn, NY (between Irving and Wyckoff Streets). Opening night is Saturday October 13 at 8PM. Performances are Mondays - Saturdays at 8PM. Tickets are now available at www.thebushwickstarr.org. Visit the website for more information. Featuring Evander Duck, Jr., David Greenspan, Caitlin Morris, Cesar J. Rosado and Mary Shultz, The Things That Were There is a memory play and a meditation on loss. Set on the occasion of a celebratory dinner the play dramatizes the events and relationships of a family over many years - as past incidents are recalled and at times relived. Certain scenes begin again with slight or significant variation as a means of investigating family relationships through a continually shifting lens and exploring the tragic and comic potential of each event.
Rehana Lew Mirza's (Playwright) play Hatefuck was on the 2017 Kilroys List and has been previously developed by Colt Coeur and WP, as well as Playwrights Horizons, New Group, Ma-Yi, and Primary Stages. Her other plays include Ladybits (readings: Lark Playwrights Workshop, Local Lab); A People's Guide to History in the Time of Here and Now (workshops: Primary Stages, PH School, Tisch); Soldier X (productions: Ma-Yi; Brooklyn College; 2015 Kilroys; NYSCA/Lark commission); Neighborhood Watch (NNPN/InterAct commission); Lonely Leela (workshop prod: LPAC); and Barriers (productions: Desipina, Asian American Theater Company). Her musical Bhangin' It (with collaborators Sam Willmott and Mike Lew) has been workshopped through Project Springboard, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat/3R, Goodspeed, Orchard Project, and at La Jolla Playhouse where she and Mike Lew are Artists-in-Residence. She and Mike also share a Mellon Foundation National Playwright residency administered in partnership with Howlround at Ma-Yi Theater. Additional honors: HBO Access Fellow, Colt Coeur artist residency, Lilly Award (Stacey Mindich "Go Write A Play"), and TCG/New Georges Fellowship. MFA: Columbia University; BFA: NYU Tisch.
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