The Geffen Playhouse has announced plans for a nine-production season, including three world premieres/adaptations, three West Coast premieres, and two works by Pulitzer- and Nobel Prize-winning playwrights. The final production is yet to be announced.
Gina Gionfriddo's Rapture, Blister, Burn, which made its New York debut at Playwrights Horizons in 2012, will make its West Coast Premiere, opening the Geffen Playhouse season at the Gil Cates Theater. Amy Brenneman (Private Practice), who originated the role in New York, will reprise her role as Catherine, a gender studies professor whose perspective on the female experience is compared to those of two other generations. With direction by Peter DuBois, the production will run from August 13-September 22, with an official opening set for August 21.
A world premiere adaptation of Frederick Knott's thriller Wait Until Dark is next in the season lineup. Directed by Matt Shakman, the production is scheduled to run from October 8-November 17 (official opening on October 16), also at the Cates.
The West Coast Premiere of Play Dead is next. Written by magician Todd Robbins and Teller of Penn & Teller, Robbins will perform in the terrorizing, illusion-filled show, scheduled to run from November 5-December 15 (official opening on November 20) at the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater.
Coney Island Christmas, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Marguiles and based on the short story "The Loudest Voice" by Grace Paley, will serve as the Gil Cates Theater's annual holiday event, running from December 3-December 24 (opening December 4). Bart DeLorenzo will direct.
Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party is next at the Cates, set to run from February 4-March 16, 2014. The darkly comic work will be directed by Academy Award winner William Friedkin (The French Connection), who helmed the piece's film adaptation over 40 years ago.
The Steppenwolf Theatre Company will then present a production of Greg Pierce's Slowgirl at the Audrey. Artistic Director Randall Arney will direct this West Coast Premiere as well as the Steppenwolf production in Chicago. The play will feature Steppenwolf ensemble member William Petersen, best known for playing Dr. Gilbert "Gil" Grissom on the CBS series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Closing the Audrey's season will be the World Premiere of Steven Drukman's Death of the Author. Offering an examination of identity and art in the post-modern world, the production will run from May 20-June 29 2014, with an official opening set for May 28.
Donald Margulies will then return to the Geffen Playhouse, closing the Cates season with The Country House, a play inspired by the pastoral comedies of Anton Chekhov. Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan (Orphans) will lend his direction. The show is set to run from June 10-July 20, 2014 (opening is June 18).
A ninth title for the season will be announced in the near future.
"Nothing is more crucial to our mission than producing quality plays," says Artistic Director Randall Arney, "I am pleased we are able to announce such a prolific season. With shows of such quality and diversity we attract more artists and audiences alike."