Primary Stages announces its 2018-2019 season
Real-life siblings Tyne Daly and Tim Daly are set to appear on a New York stage for the first time ever.
Primary Stages have announced details of the company's upcoming 2018-2019 season at off-Broadway's Cherry Lane Theatre, which includes appearances by Emmy & Tony Award winner Tyne Daly and Emmy Award nominee Tim Daly, real-life siblings, together on a New York stage for the very first time.
Here are the four new productions in season order:
From September to October 2018, Primary Stages presents Final Follies in honor of late playwright A.R. Gurney - a uniquely curated selection of three one-act plays: The Love Course, an observation of the culminating meeting of an undergraduate romantic literature course, co-taught by two of academia’s most eccentric professors; The Rape of Bunny Stuntz, an enigmatic story of an overburdened woman anxiously trying to keep her personal life from the throes of chaos while leading a rowdy community meeting; and the titular Final Follies, the last chapter in Gurney’s oeuvre of short plays examining WASP life in America, about a forlorn Manhattanite searching for the key to adulthood in the most truly, and literally, adult place imaginable. Final Follies will be directed by David Saint.
The next Primary Stages production is a new gripping family drama by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt, and will star the aforementioned siblings Tyne and Tim Daly, alongside John Procaccino. In Downstairs, Teddy is a bit lost and has found himself staying in his older sister Irene’s unfinished basement, which has infuriated her husband Gerry (played by Mr. Procaccino). As Irene and Teddy struggle with this less-than-ideal living arrangement, they quickly find themselves grappling with the burden of their family’s troublesome history. While trying to mend the past, the pair unearths a foreboding danger threatening to break the perilously thin bonds holding them together. Performances will run from November to December 2018.
Next up, from January to February 2019, Primary Stages presents God Said This, written by Leah Nanako Winkler and directed by Morgan Gould. God Said This is a provocative and surprisingly funny new drama about five Kentuckians facing mortality in very different ways. With her mom undergoing chemotherapy, Hiro, a NYC transplant, returns home to Kentucky after years away, struggling to let go of the demons she inherited. Sophie, her born-again Christian sister, confronts her faith while tackling inevitable adversity. James, their recovering alcoholic father, wants to repair his fractured relationship with his daughters. And John, an old classmate and thirty-something single dad, worries about leaving a lasting legacy for his only son. Wry and bittersweet, God Said This is a portrait of five Godless and God-loving people finding that their struggles bring them together in unexpected ways.
Finally, Primary Stages concludes its 2018-2019 off-Broadway season at the Cherry Lane Theatre with the return of Kate Hamill, playwright and star of Primary Stages hit production of Pride and Prejudice. Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, Ms. Hamill stars as Meg in her own adaptation of Little Women. Jo March doesn't want to be like other girls; in fact, she's not even sure that she wants to be a girl. Jo is ambitious, rough around the edges, headstrong, and yearns for a future she can’t yet articulate. As the nation is torn apart by civil war, Jo and her sisters struggle with what it means to grow up. Gender roles, political beliefs, poverty, and even love itself threaten to break family ties, as the March sisters try to reconcile their identities with society’s demands. How do you stay true to yourself when the world wants you to become a perfect little woman? Directed by Sarna Lapine, performances are expected to run from May to June 2019.