Playwrights Horizons Announces Its 2013-2014 Season
I applaud any institution that bolsters and cultivates the often unheralded and unappreciated writers among us. Playwrights Horizons is a wonderful non-profit organization with a mission since 1971 to be "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."
Their new season shines the spotlight on a mix of intriguing scripts written by some of the finest dramatists in contemporary theater.
Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play written by Anne Washburn
The author of the witty and romantic The Internationalist brings us a post-apocalyptic dark comedy inspired by The Simpsons. It explores how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythos of another. The music is by Michael Friedman, composer and lyricist of the excellent Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.
The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters written by Marlane Meyer
The great title alone is reason enough to see this play from the writer of Moe's Lucky Seven. It's a comedic love story that also peers into the power of belief.
The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence written by Madeleine George
She's given us a lot of good plays, including The Zero Hour, but thiso ne might be her most intriguing and possibly her greatest so far -- a time-jumping story about four constant companions (Sherlock Holmes' sidekick Dr. Watson, an engineer who built Alexander Graham Bell's first telephone, the super-computer Jeopardy! champion, and a "techno-dweeb" looking for love) who become one.
Stage Kiss written by Sarah Ruhl
From the award-winning writer of Dead Man's Cell Phone and In the Next Room, here's a tale (written in 2011) of the blending of art and life as two actors with a history are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930s melodrama.
Your Mother's Copy of the Kama Sutra written by Kirk Lynn
From the co-artistic director of Rude Mechanicals in Austin, Texas, comes a "tough-love comedy" about a father hell-bent on saving his family.
Fly By Night written by Will Connolly, Michael Mitnick, and Kim Rosenstock
Set during the 1965 northeast blackout, this new musical is described as a "rock-fable," a love story of a melancholy sandwich maker who meets two entrancing sisters on the night the lights went out. Conceived and collaboratively written by Ms. Rosenstock, who previously scripted Tigers Be Still and has written episodes of TV's New Girl, this promises to be entertaining.
If you see these plays, remember the playwrights who created the words for the actors to speak and imagined the stories that no do doubt will captivate your thoughts.