Previews Begin This Week for LOG CABIN At Playwrights Horizons
Previews begin this Friday, June 1 for the Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) world premiere production of LOG CABIN, a new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Jordan Harrison (Marjorie Prime, Maple and Vine, Doris to Darlene at Playwrights; "Orange Is the New Black"). Directed by Tony Award and Obie Award winner Pam MacKinnon (Clybourne Park, The Qualms at Playwrights; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Parisian Woman), LOG CABIN is the sixth and final production of the theater company's current 2017/2018 Season.
LOG CABIN has an opening night set for Monday, June 25 at 7:30 PM at the company's Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street). The limited engagement is currently scheduled to play through Sunday, July 15.
The cast features Obie Award winner Phillip James Brannon (Bootycandy at Playwrights, The Antipodes, The City of Conversation), Cindy Cheung (Iowa at Playwrights, "High Maintenance," "13 Reasons Why"), five-time Emmy Award nominee and two-time Drama Desk Award winner, stage and screen star Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("Modern Family," Fully Committed, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), stand-up comedian and actor Ian Harvie ("Transparent," Margaret Cho's Sensuous Woman, The Ian Harvie Show), Talene Monahon (Bobbie Clearly, Tell Hector I Miss Him, The Wild Party) and Dolly Wells (The Whirligig, "Doll & Em," Bridget Jones's Diary).
It's a faraway age of hope and inclusivity; in other words, it's 2015. When a tight-knit circle of married gays and lesbians - comfy in the new mainstream - sees themselves through the eyes of their rakish transgender pal (Mr. Harvie), it's clear that the march toward progress is anything but unified. With stinging satire and acute compassion, Jordan Harrison's pointed comedy charts the breakdown of empathy that happens when we think our rights are secure, revealing conservative hearts where you'd least expect.
The production will feature scenic design by Tony Award nominee and Obie Award winner Allen Moyer, costume design by Lortel Award winner Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Obie Award winner Russell H. Champa and sound design by two-time Lortel Award winner Leah Gelpe. Production Stage Manager is Amanda Spooner.
The performance schedule for LOG CABIN will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7PM, Thursdays and Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2:30 & 8PM and Sundays at 2:30 & 7:30 PM. Single tickets, $44-99, may be purchased online via www.phnyc.org, by phone at (212) 279-4200 (Noon-8pm daily) and in person at the Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues).
Currently playing at Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theater is the critically-acclaimed hit DANCE NATION, the world premiere of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize-winning new play by Obie Award winner Clare Barron. Directed and choreographed by Obie Award winner Lee Sunday Evans, the limited engagement has just been extended a third and final time through July 1. Following DANCE NATION, the 2017/2018 Season concludes with LOG CABIN.
Flex Passes (customizable bundle, $220+) and Memberships ($45 to join, $25 preview tickets) are still available for the remainder of this season. See more at www.phnyc.org.
Playwrights Horizons recently announced its 2018/2019 Season, which will feature (in season order): I WAS MOST ALIVE WITH YOU, the New York premiere of a new play written by three-time Tony Award nominee and three-time Obie Award winner Craig Lucas, directed by Tyne Rafaeli, with Sabrina Dennison serving as Director of Artistic Sign Language, featuring Marianna Bassham, Tad Cooley, two-time Obie Award winner Lisa Emery, Theatre World Award winner Russell Harvard, two-time Tony Award nominee Lois Smith and Gameela Wright, and simultaneously performed in American Sign Language by a shadow cast of Deaf actors, including Beth Applebaum, Kalen Feeney, Seth Gore, Dickie Hearts, Amelia Hensley, Anthony Natale and Alexandria Wailes (previews begin August 31, 2018); THE THANKSGIVING PLAY, the world premiere of a new play by Larissa Fasthorse, directed by Tony Award nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel (October 2018); NOURA, the New York premiere of a new play written by and featuring Lucille Lortel Award winner Heather Raffo, directed by Joanna Settle, produced in association with Shakespeare Theatre Company (November 2018); IF PRETTY HURTS UGLY MUST BE A MUHFUCKA, the world premiere of a new play by Tori Sampson, directed by Tony Award nominee and Obie and Lucille Lortel awards winner Liesl Tommy (February 2019); THE PAIN OF MY BELLIGERENCE, the world premiere of a Playwrights Horizons commissioned new play written by and featuring Halley Feiffer, directed by Obie Award winner Trip Cullman (April 2019) and conclude with A STRANGE LOOP, the world premiere of a new musical with book, music and lyrics by Michael R. Jackson, directed by Stephen Brackett, with choreography by Raja Feather Kelly, produced in association with Page 73 (May 2019).
Season packages for Playwrights Horizons' 2018/19 season are now on sale. A 6-Show Subscription package for next season ($310, four Mainstage and two Peter Jay Sharp Theater productions) includes discounts on all season productions, priority booking and seating, ticket exchange privileges, parking and dining discounts, and exclusive mailings of Playwrights Horizons Bulletins. Flex Passes (customizable bundle, $220+) and Memberships ($45 to join, $25 preview tickets) are also now on sale. Patron packages start at $1,800. Packages are available at www.phnyc.org.
Patron Program Memberships begin at $1,800 (all but $550 is tax-deductible) and include two reserved house seats and personalized concierge service to all six Playwrights Horizons productions, as well as a variety of exclusive benefits including invitations to attend special events with artists, staff and board members. Complete benefits list at www.phnyc.org.
Playwrights Horizons' season productions are generously supported in part by The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Playwrights Horizons is supported in part by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. In addition, Playwrights Horizons receives major support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation and the Time Warner Foundation.
Jordan Harrison (Playwright) was a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Marjorie Prime, which premiered at the Mark Taper Forum and had its New York premiere at Playwrights Horizons. A film adaptation, directed by Michael Almereyda, debuted last year at the Sundance Film Festival. Jordan's play Maple and Vine premiered in the 2011 Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville and went on to productions at American Conservatory Theatre and Playwrights Horizons, among others. His play, The Amateurs, had its world premiere at The Vineyard this February. Jordan's other plays include The Grown-Up (Humana Festival), Doris to Darlene, a cautionary valentine (Playwrights Horizons), Amazons and Their Men (Clubbed Thumb), Act A Lady (Humana Festival), Finn in the Underworld (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Futura (Portland Center Stage/NAATCO), Kid-Simple (Humana Festival), Standing on Ceremony (Minetta Lane Theatre), The Museum Play (WET) and a musical, Suprema (O'Neill Music Theatre Conference), written with Daniel Zaitchik. Jordan is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, the Horton Foote Prize, the Kesselring Prize, the Roe Green Award from Cleveland Play House, the Heideman Award, a Theater Masters Innovative Playwright Award, the Loewe Award for Musical Theater, Jerome and McKnight Fellowships, a NYSCA grant and a NEA/TCG Residency with The Empty Space Theater. His children's musical, The Flea and the Professor, won the Barrymore Award for Best Production after premiering at the Arden Theatre. A graduate of Stanford University and the Brown MFA program, Jordan is an alumnus of New Dramatists. He is an Affiliated Artist with Clubbed Thumb, The Civilians and The Playwrights' Center. Jordan is a writer and producer for the Netflix original series "Orange Is the New Black."
Pam MacKinnon (Director). Recent credits include Beau Willimon's The Parisian Woman (Broadway), Amélie (Broadway, Ahmanson Theatre, Berkeley Rep), David Mamet's China Doll (Broadway), Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles (Broadway), Bruce Norris' The Qualms (Playwrights Horizons, Steppenwolf), Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance (Broadway), Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Broadway, Arena Stage, Steppenwolf; Tony and Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critic Circle nomination), Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park (Broadway, Mark Taper, Playwrights Horizons; Obie Award, Tony and Lortel nominations) and Sarah Teem's When We Were Young and Unafraid (Manhattan Theatre Club). Pam is an alumna of the Drama League, the Women's Project and Lincoln Center Theater Directors Labs; an associate artist of the Roundabout Theater Company; board president of the Society Stage Directors and Choreographers; Board Chair of the New York City downtown company Clubbed Thumb, dedicated to new American plays; and Artistic Director designate of ACT in San Francisco.
Phillip James Brannon (Chris). Playwrights Horizons: Bootycandy (Obie Award). Broadway: Junk (Lincoln Center). Off-Broadway: The Antipodes (Signature Theatre); Tiny Beautiful Things, ToasT (The Public); The City of Conversation (Lincoln Center); Nat Turner in Jerusalem, Love and Information, Belleville (New York Theatre Workshop); We Are Proud To Present... (Soho Rep.). Regional: A Confederacy of Dunces (The Huntington); Bootycandy (The Wilma, Woolly Mammoth); The Brother/Sister Plays, The March (Steppenwolf); Court Theatre; Kansas City Rep; numerous productions at The Goodman and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. TV: "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," "Elementary," "Law & Order: SVU," "The Plug." Film: Contagion. BFA in Acting from DePaul University.
Cindy Cheung (Pam). Playwrights Horizons: Iowa. Off-Broadway: Wild Goose Dreams (Public Studio), Teenage Dick (Public Studio), The Great Immensity (Public), Middletown (Vineyard). Film: Faraway Eyes (upcoming), The Sunlit Night (upcoming), Roxanne Roxanne, A Kid Like Jake, The Strange Ones, The Meyerowitz Stories, Mistress America, Wolves, Obvious Child, The Light of the Moon, Children of Invention, Lady in the Water. TV: "High Maintenance," "13 Reasons Why," "Dietland," "Kevin Can Wait," "The Good Fight," "Bull," "House Of Cards," "Homeland," "Madam Secretary," "Elementary," "Blue Bloods," "The Affair," "Nurse Jackie," all 3 "Law & Orders." MFA: American Conservatory Theater. Charles Bowden Award. Love to E&W.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Ezra). Playwrights Horizons debut. Broadway: On the Town, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Drama Desk Award), Fully Committed (Drama Desk Award). Off-Broadway: Newyorkers (MTC), Little Fish (Second Stage), Where Do We Live (Vineyard Theater). Public Theater / Shakespeare in the Park: On the Town, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice, The Winter's Tale, The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest. The Hollywood Bowl: The Producers, Spamalot, Sondheim on Sondheim. TV: "Modern Family" (5 Emmy nominations, 4 SAG Awards) "The Class," "Ugly Betty," "Web Therapy," "Night Cap." Co-Founder of TieTheKnot.org, raising funds to protect LGBTQ Equality.
Ian Harvie (Henry). Playwrights Horizons and Off-Broadway debut. TV: "Transparent" (Amazon), "Mistresses" (ABC), "Young and Hungry" (Freeform), "Will & Grace" (NBC), "Ian Harvie: May the Best Cock Win" (Amazon). Studied Viewpoints, Improvisation and Scene Study with Steppenwolf West. Veteran standup comic (17 years). ianharvie.com
Talene Monahon (Myna). Playwrights Horizons debut. Off-Broadway: Bobbie Clearly (Roundabout), The Government Inspector (Red Bull), Tell Hector I Miss Him (Atlantic), Permission (MCC), The Wild Party (Encores! Off-Center), Alligator (New Georges/Sol Project), Widower's Houses (TACT/Gingold), Here's Hoover! (Les Freres Corbusier). Regional: Hollywood (La Jolla Playhouse), Confederacy of Dunces (Huntington).
Dolly Wells (Jules). Playwrights Horizons debut. Off-Broadway: Whirligig (The New Group). UK Regional: Crush (Finborough Theatre), The Underpants (Old Red Lion), Aunt Dan and Lemon (Almeida), Tamagotchi Heaven (Edinburgh Festival), As You Like It (Riverside Studios). Film: Home Again, I Do...Until I Don't, Boundaries, Can You Even Forgive Me?, Bridget Jones's Baby, Black Mountain Poets, 45 Years. TV: "Portlandia," "Blunt Talk," "Doll & Em," "The Mighty Boosh."
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 (2016 Obie Award, 2016 Outer Critics Circle Award, 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.