Reed Birney
Reed Birney
(© David Gordon)
Reed Birney (Picnic), Paul Thureen (The Debate Society's Blood Play), Susan Kelechi Watson (A Naked Girl on the Appian Way), and Erin Wilhelmi (The Great God Pan) will star in the upcoming world premiere of Core Values by Steven Levenson (The Language of Trees), running April 23-May 18 at Ars Nova. Carolyn Cantor (The Great God Pan) will direct.

Core Values follows the owner of a small travel agency who clings to the values of team work and loyalty that he holds most dear. But it takes a weekend staff retreat for him to realize that team-building exercises won't put off the realities of a rapidly evolving marketplace.

Levenson, who received a commission to write this play during his tenure as the Ars Nova's artist-in-residence in 2010, has written other plays that include Seven Minutes in Heaven, Almost Stuck, and Girls Day. His new play, The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin, will be given its world premiere at Roundabout's Laura Pels Theatre this June.