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100 Hundred Saints You Should know: 2-time Tony Award nominee Lois Smith to star.

2-time Tony Award nominee Lois Smith will headline the previously-announced World Premiere of 100 Saints You Should Know, a new play by Kate Fodor, directed by Ethan McSweeny.

In 100 Saints You Should Know Theresa cleans the rectory of the local parish to support her unruly teenage daughter. When its priest is forced to leave the church under uncertain circumstances and return home to his protective mother (Lois Smith), Theresa finds herself compelled to pursue him. One eventful night joins them all, forcing a reckoning with the broken memories and shaken faith that divides them � and the discovery of a shared, tenuous common ground.

100 Saints You Should Know is the first production of Playwrights Horizons new season, opening at their Main Stage on 18 Sep 2007, following previews from 24 Aug and running through to 30 Sep 2007.

Lois Smith�s last stage appearance was in Horton Foote�s 'The Trip to Bountiful' at Signature Theatre (2005), for which she received five awards: an Obie Award, a Lucille Lortel Award, a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award and the Kingsley-Evans Award.

Smith made her Broadway debut in 1952 in 'Time Out for Ginger' (1952), her additional Broadway credits include, 'Buried Child' (1996 - Tony nomination), 'The Grapes of Wrath' (1990 - Tony nomination), 'The Iceman Cometh' (1973 revival), 'Edwin Booth' (1958), 'Orpheus Descending' (1957) and 'The Young and Beautiful' (1955).

Additional casting will be announced in the coming months.

In addition to 100 Saints You Should Know, Playwrights Horizons� 2007 - 08 season will also include the following five previously-announced productions:

  • The World Premiere of A Feminine Ending, a new play by Sarah Treem, directed by Blair Brown, featuring Marsha Mason.
  • The World Premiere of Doris To Darlene, A Cautionary Valentine, a new play by Jordan Harrison , directed by Les Waters.
  • The New York premiere of Dead Man's Cell Phone, a new play by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Anne Bogart .
  • The New York City Premiere of The Drunken City, a new play by Adam Bock, directed by Trip Cullman.
  • The World Premiere of Saved, a new musical with score & lyrics by Michael Friedman and book & lyrics by John Dempsey and Rinne Groff, based on the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture written by Brian Dannelly & Michael Urban, directed by Gary Griffin, featuring Celia Keenan-Bolger.

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