Gregory S. Moss's INDIAN SUMMER Starts Tonight at Playwrights Horizons
Previews begin tonight, May 13 at 8PM for the Playwrights Horizons world premiere production of Indian Summer, a new play by Gregory S. Moss (Reunion; punkplay; Billy Witch; La Brea; Orange, Hat & Grace; House of Gold). Commissioned by Playwrights Horizons and directed by Carolyn Cantor (Fly By Night, The Great God Pan, After the Revolution, Essential Self-Defense at PH; Pumpgirl; Orange Flower Water; Stone Cold Dead Serious), the play is the sixth and final production of the theater company's 2015/2016 Season.
The cast features Owen Campbell (Recall, "The Americans," "Boardwalk Empire"), Tony Award nominee and Obie Award winner Jonathan Hadary (Assassins, Gemini, Coming Attractions at PH; Gypsy; Golden Boy; Spamalot; Awake and Sing; As Is), Elise Kibler (The Heidi Chronicles, This Is Our Youth, "Daredevil," "The Affair") and Joe Tippett (Familiar at PH, Airline Highway, Waitress).
Opening Night is set for Wednesday, June 8 at 7PM. The limited engagement will play through Sunday evening, June 26 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street).
Abandoned by his wayward mom, Daniel (Mr. Campbell) is consigned to spend summer with granddad (Mr. Hadary) in a Rhode Island beach town, where the locals don't look kindly on city kids. But his hapless vacation turns around when he meets Izzy (Ms. Kibler): tough-acting, back-sassing, beguiling and taken. Gregory S. Moss's feisty romantic comedy follows a passing fling that could last a lifetime - as impossible and charmed as an Indian Summer.
The production features scenic design by Dane Laffrey, costume design by Kaye Voyce, lighting design by Eric Southern and sound design by Stowe Nelson. Dialect Coach is Stephen Gabis. Fight Director is J. David Brimmer. Production Stage Manager is Kyle Gates.
INDIAN SUMMER is the final production of the Playwrights Horizons 2015/2016 season, which has been one of the most acclaimed in its history. The first four productions were all met by rave reviews and received multiple-week extensions due to critical acclaim and public demand. The season's productions also recently earned a total of 25 award nominations from such organizations as the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel and Drama League organizations. These include Outstanding Play for THE CHRISTIANS (Drama Desk, Lortel, Outer Critics Circle), Outstanding Play for HIR (Drama League), Outstanding Play for FAMILIAR (Outer Critics Circle), Outstanding Play for MARJORIE PRIME (Drama League) and Outstanding Musical for IOWA (Lortel, Drama League).
ABOUT THE CAST/CREATIVE TEAM:
Gregory S. Moss (Playwright) is a writer, performer and educator from Newburyport, MA. His work has been seen at La Comédie Française, Clubbed Thumb, The Guthrie, Playwrights Horizons, PlayPenn, Soho Rep., Steppenwolf Garage, and New York Theatre Workshop. Gregory is a 2012 MacDowell Fellow, a Playwrights Center Core Member, and the recipient of a 2010-2011 Jerome Fellowship and a 2011-2012 McKnight Fellowship. His work has been published by Play: A Journal of Plays, n+1 and Playscripts. He is currently working on commissions from Playwrights Horizons, Woolly Mammoth, and Clubbed Thumb. In collaboration with composer/lyricist Joe Iconis, he's creating a new musical based on the life and work of Hunter S. Thompson for La Jolla Playhouse. Recent and upcoming productions include punkplay; La Brea; Orange, Hat & Grace; "I Promised Myself to Live Faster" in collaboration with Pig Iron Theatre Co. at the 2015 Humana Festival of New American Plays at The Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Reunion at South Coast Repertory (Best New Play of 2014, The OC Weekly), Billy Witch at Studio 42 and APAC (NY), House of Gold at La Comédie Française (Winner, Prix du Public) and at EST-LA (LA Times and LA Weekly Critics' Pick) and sixsixsix at Antimatter Collective (NY) (Editor's Pick, Flavorpill). Writing and news are updated regularly at www.gregorysmoss.com.
Carolyn Cantor (Director). Playwrights Horizons: Fly by Night, The Great God Pan, After the Revolution (Callaway Award), Essential Self-Defense. Other New York Theater: Regrets, Pumpgirl (Manhattan Theatre Club); In A Dark Dark House (MCC Theater); Arlington (Vineyard); Something You Did (Primary Stages); The Talls (Second Stage); Core Values (Ars Nova); Orange Flower Water, Now That's What I Call a Storm, Living Room in Africa, Stone Cold Dead Serious, Life Is a Dream (Edge Theater); EVE-olution (Cherry Lane); Kitty Kitty Kitty (SPF). Regional: The Violet Hour (Old Globe); Rabbit Hole (Geffen, Garland Award); The Diary of Anne Frank (Paper Mill Playhouse); Not Waving; King Stag (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Vera Laughed, Get What You Need (NYS&F); After Ashley, Finer Noble Gases (Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference); Nocturne (Ojai Playwrights Conference). Carolyn has been the recipient of the Kanin-Seldes Award from the Theater Hall of Fame, both the Boris Sagal and Bill Foeller Fellowships from the Williamstown Theatre Festival and a Drama League Directing Fellowship. She was the founding artistic director of the Obie Award-winning Edge Theater and is a graduate of Dartmouth College. This fall she'll direct Sarah Jones in Sell/Buy/Date at MTC.
Owen Campbell (Daniel). Playwrights Horizons debut. NYC Theater: Recall, Nocturnes, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Grippe of October, Macbeth. Film: As You Are (Sundance 2016; named one of Variety's "Breakthrough Performers" of the festival), Very Good Girls, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Conviction. TV: "The Americans," "The Following," "Boardwalk Empire," "Law & Order: SVU."
Jonathan Hadary (George). Playwrights Horizons: Assassins, Gemini (also Broadway), Coming Attractions. Broadway: Gypsy (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC nominations), Golden Boy, Spamalot, Awake and Sing, All Shook Up, The Best Man, Guys and Dolls, As Is (Obie Award), Torch Song Trilogy. National tour: Angels in America (Jeff, Hayes awards). Off-Broadway: Incident at Vichy; Jules Verne; The Destiny of Me; Lips Together, Teeth Apart. TV: "As Is," "Louie."
Elise Kibler (Izzy). Playwrights Horizons debut. Broadway: The Heidi Chronicles, This Is Our Youth. Off-Broadway: London Wall. Other NYC Theater: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare in the Square). Playwrights Horizons Theater School: Suburbs/Anarchy. Television: "Daredevil," "The Affair."
Joe Tippett (Jeremy). Playwrights Horizons: Familiar. Broadway: Airline Highway. New York City: Ashville, Happy Birthday, A Thick Description of Harry Smith, Unanswered We Ride, Fish Eye, Seven Minutes in Heaven, The Young Left. Regional: Familiar (world premiere at Yale Rep), Waitress, Bull Durham: the Musical, Picnic, Three Sisters, Peter and the Starcatcher, Equus. Film/TV: License Plates, "The Blacklist," "Boardwalk Empire."
Playwrights Horizons is a writer's theater dedicated to the support and development of contemporary American playwrights, composers and lyricists and to the production of their new work. Under the leadership of artistic director Tim Sanford and managing director Leslie Marcus, the theater company continues to encourage the new work of veteran writers while nurturing an emerging generation of theater artists. In its 45 years, Playwrights Horizons has presented the work of more than 400 writers and has received numerous awards and honors, including a special 2008 Drama Desk Award for "ongoing support to generations of theater artists and undiminished commitment to producing new work." Notable productions include six Pulitzer Prize winners - Annie Baker's The Flick (2013 Obie Award, 2013 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), Bruce Norris's Clybourne Park (2012 Tony Award, Best Play), Doug Wright's I Am My Own Wife (2004 Tony Award, Best Play), Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles (1989 Tony Award, Best Play), Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy and Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Sunday in the Park with George - as well as Ms. Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation (three 2010 Obie Awards including Best New American Play); Lisa D'Amour's Detroit (2013 Obie Award, Best New American Play); Samuel D. Hunter's The Whale (2013 Lortel Award, Best Play); Kirsten Greenidge's Milk Like Sugar (2012 Obie Award); Jordan Harrison's Marjorie Prime (2015 Pulitzer finalist); Lucas Hnath's The Christians (2015 Kesselring Prize), Robert O'Hara's Bootycandy (two 2015 Obie Awards); Taylor Mac's Hir; Danai Gurira's Familiar, Anne Washburn's Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, Sarah Ruhl's Stage Kiss and Dead Man's Cell Phone; Gina Gionfriddo's Rapture, Blister, Burn; Dan LeFranc's The Big Meal; Amy Herzog's The Great God Pan and After the Revolution; Bathsheba Doran's Kin; Adam Bock's A Small Fire; Edward Albee's Me, Myself & I; Melissa James Gibson's This (2010 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist); Doug Wright, Scott Frankel and Michael Korie's Grey Gardens (three 2007 Tony Awards); Craig Lucas's Prayer For My Enemy and Small Tragedy (2004 Obie Award, Best American Play); Adam Rapp's Kindness; Lynn Nottage's Fabulation (2005 Obie Award for Playwriting); Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero; David Greenspan's She Stoops to Comedy (2003 Obie Award); Kirsten Childs's The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (2000 Obie Award); Richard Nelson and Shaun Davey's James Joyce's The Dead (2000 Tony Award, Best Book); Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Assassins; William Finn's March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland; Christopher Durang's Betty's Summer Vacation and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You; Richard Nelson's Goodnight Children Everywhere; Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's Once on This Island; Jon Robin Baitz's The Substance of Fire; Scott McPherson's Marvin's Room; A.R. Gurney's Later Life; Adam Guettel and Tina Landau's Floyd Collins; and Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley's Violet.