THE MODEL APARTMENT Rounds Out Primary Stages' 2013-14 Season


Primary Stages has announced the fourth production of their upcoming 29th Season: A new production of their 1995 Obie Award-winning THE MODEL APARTMENT by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies.

A new production of the Primary Stages 1995 Obie Award-winning play
by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies, directed by Evan Cabnet
September - November 2013 at Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters

Primary Stages is thrilled to revisit our acclaimed 1995 OBIE Award winner, The Model Apartment, by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies (Shipwrecked!, Time Stands Still, Dinner with Friends, Sight Unseen). When Max and Lola, two Holocaust survivors from Brooklyn, retire to Florida, they find their new condo unfinished and are forced to spend the night in a "model apartment" where things are not always as they seem. In this brilliant and bizarre Drama Desk-nominated black comedy, Max and Lola soon realize that if they ever want to truly "retire," they must first confront the demons of their past.

"Donald Margulies is a vital member of the Primary Stages family and we're excited to be remounting THE MODEL APARTMENT," saysAndrew Leynse, Artistic Director, Primary Stages. "The play has such an important place in our history and we feel it's time to bring this essential Donald Margulies work back to the New York theater scene."

THE MODEL APARTMENT will be the third production in Primary Stages previously announced 2013-2014 season:

A New York Premiere of a new comedy
by Chad Beguelin, directed by Mark Lamos
July - September 2013 at Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters

When fifteen-year-old Lottie and her ne'er-do-well mother Donna drop in unannounced on the beautiful Sag Harbor home of Donna's brother and his new husband, all hell breaks loose. The bonds between kith and kin are tested in this alternately biting and touching comedy about the constantly shifting nature of the meaning of family. Harbor is from playwright Chad Beguelin, the author/lyricist ofBroadway's The Wedding Singer and the lyricist for Elf; and Mark Lamos, the director of Primary Stages hits Black Tie, Indian Bloodand Buffalo Gal.

A World Premiere of a new play
conceived by Fran Kirmser
written and directed by Eric Simonson
September - October 2013 at The Duke on 42nd Street

The World Premiere of a new play from the creators of Broadway's Lombardi and the director of Primary Stages hit String of Pearls.The Bronx Bombers, (initially announced under the Working Title The Yankees) tells the generational story of a most extraordinary baseball family, and the game itself. Follow the revered New York Yankees Yogi Berra as he struggles to keep the focus on the team, transgressing the tricky world of dreams, celebrity, and the ever-changing landscape of this beloved American pastime.

written by and starring Charles Busch, directed by Carl Andress
January - March 2014 at Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters

Primary Stages is pleased to welcome back our favorite farceur Charles Busch, the author of Primary Stages' hits You Should Be So Lucky and Olive and the Bitter Herbs, and Broadway's The Tale of the Allergist's Wife. This new comedy featuring Mr. Busch himself as an out-of-work female impersonator who, when his elderly landlady dies in her sleep, takes on her identity in order to hang on to her valuable Greenwich Village townhouse. This "perfect" scheme goes awry and leads to a wild path of twists and reversals plotted by an eccentric rogues gallery of outrageous schemers. Expect Busch's signature blend of quick-witted banter and genderbending hijinks in this new play written specifically for Primary Stages from the master of Off-Broadway farce.

4-play subscriptions for the Primary Stages 2013-2014 season range from $140 - $180. Subscription packages can be purchased via or by calling Ticket Central at 212.279.4200. For additional information about Primary Stages, visit


The 20th anniversary revival of ALL IN THE TIMING by David Ives runs through April 28. Directed by Tony Award-winner John Rando (Urinetown; A Christmas Story, The Musical), the production features Eric Clem (Blue Man Group), Carson Elrod (Peter and the Starcatcher), Jenn Harris (Silence! The Musical), Liv Rooth (Venus in Fur), and Matthew Saldivar (Peter and the Starcatcher).

A hit with audiences and critics alike, Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls All in the Timing "one of the zestier plates of theatrical tapas to be had" and names the production a "Critics' Pick" while Jennifer Farrar of The Associated Press calls it "wordplay and wit...with perfect timing." Joe Dziemianowicz of The Daily News calls All in the Timing "pure pleasure. David Ives' evening of one-acts runs like clockwork," while Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal, says, "it's one of the funniest shows I've seen in my entire playgoing life."

ALL IN THE TIMING plays Tuesday-Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm. Single tickets are priced at $70 for all performances. Tickets may be purchased by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, online at, or in person at the 59E59 Theaters Box Office.

Primary Stages and Playwrights Horizons have recently announced an extension of their World Premiere co-production of THE CALL, a new play by Tanya Barfield (Blue Door at Playwrights Horizons/PH). The limited engagement at Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theater (416 West 42nd Street) will now run through Sunday, May 26.

Directed by two-time Obie Award winner Leigh Silverman (Go Back to Where You Are and Blue Door at PH; Hunting and Gathering at Primary Stages/PS; Golden Child, Chinglish, Well, In the Wake), THE CALL features Kelly AuCoin (Happy Now?, Boy, The Two of Us at PS,Radiance, Julius Caesar), Tony Award nominee Kerry Butler (Xanadu, Gore Vidal's The Best Man, Catch Me If You Can, Hairspray), Obie Award winner Eisa Davis (This at PH, Luck of the Irish, Passing Strange, "Damages"), Theatre World Award winner Crystal A. Dickinson (Clybourne Park at PH and Broadway, Ruined, Broke-ology) and Obie Award and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Russell G. Jones (Our Lady of 121st Street, Ruined, Traffic, "Smash").

Receiving acclaim from both audiences and critics alike, The New York Timesdescribes The Call as "thoughtful and engrossing" with "smart, natural, sparkling dialogue by Tanya Barfield," and "incisively directed by Leigh Silverman. Kerry Butler gives a nuanced and affecting performance." Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post says The Call is "ripped from the headlines. A fine production." Jennifer Farrar of the Associated Press calls the production "touching, intelligent, tart and grounded." In describing the cast, she calls Eisa Davis "simmering and sharp," Kelly AuCoin "innately charming," Russell G. Jones "wonderfully moving," and Crystal A. Dickinson "fiercely funny."

THE CALL plays Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2 & 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 & 7PM, with additional Wednesday matinee performances on April 24 at 2PM and May 1 at 2PM. Single tickets, $60 with some premium seats available at $72, may be purchased online via, by phone at (212) 279-4200 (Noon-8pm daily), via Facebook at or in person at the Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues), open noon-8pm daily.

Primary Stages is an Off-Broadway theater company dedicated to inspiring, supporting, and sharing the art of playwriting. We operate on the strongly held belief that the future of American theater relies on nurturing playwrights and giving them the artistic support needed to create new work. Since our founding in 1984, we have produced more than 100 new plays, including David Ives' All in the Timing (original 1993 production and its recent hit revival); Kate Fodor's Rx; Charles Busch's Olive and the Bitter Herbs; A.R. Gurney's Black Tie; Horton Foote's Harrison, TX and Dividing the Estate (Two 2009 Tony Award nominations); Brooke Berman's Hunting and Gathering (one of New York Magazine's Top Ten Plays of 2008); Terrence McNally's Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams (starring Nathan Lane and Marian Seldes) and The Stendhal Syndrome (featuring Isabella Rossellini and Richard Thomas); Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter's In the Continuum (which went on to tour the U.S., Africa, and Scotland); and Conor McPherson's St. Nicholas (which marked the playwright's U.S. debut). In 2008, Primary Stages was honored with the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work, which encompasses much more than the plays we produce for the stage. Primary Stages supports playwrights and develops new works through commissions, workshops, readings, and our education and training programs: The Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, the Marvin and Anne Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA), and the Fordham/Primary Stages MFA in Playwriting. Through these programs, Primary Stages advocates for our artists, helping them make important-and often transformative-connections within the theater community.

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