Signature Theatre Company's 2013-2014 season will consist entirely of New York premieres from playwrights Edward Albee, Martha Clarke, Will Eno, David Henry Hwang, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Regina Taylor, and August Wilson, according to the organization's website.
Among the highlights of the season will be the long-anticipated premiere of Albee's new play, Laying an Egg, to be directed by David Esbjornson (Driving Miss Daisy). Beginning performances in August-September 2013 on the Irene Diamond Stage, Laying an Egg, which had been previously scheduled to premiere in 2012, follows a middle-aged woman as she attempts to get pregnant, contending with her domineering mother, her adoring husband, and the damning conditions of her late father's will.
The show will be part of Signature's Legacy Series, dedicated to playwrights whose work has previously been featured in a full season at Signature. The series will also include Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Seven Guitars) in Wilson's solo piece, How I Learned What I Learned, directed by Todd Kreidler, scheduled for November-December 2013 in the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre. The work recounts Wilson's early experiences, from his first kiss, to his first jobs, to a stint in jail.
Signature's Legacy Five series will begin with Taylor's ---- and Potatoes, to run August-September 2013 in the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre. The work follows a Chicago book publisher as he begins to adapt his business for the digital age. It will be followed by Clarke's Cheri, a new piece that fuses dance, theater, and live music, inspired by French author Colette's 1920 novella, to run November-December 2013 on the Irene Diamond Stage. The work, which will have text by award-winning playwright Tina Howe (Painting Churches), will star American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Herman Cornejo, prima ballerina assoluta Alessandra Ferri, pianist Sarah Rotherberg, and actress Suzanne Bertish (Breakfast at Tiffany's). The Legacy Five series will also include premieres by Jacobs-Jenkins (Neighbors) and Eno (Title and Deed), both scheduled for February-March 2014.
Hwang's new play Kung Fu, which will be directed by his frequent collaborator, Leigh Silverman (Chinglish), will run February-March 2014 on the Irene Diamond Stage. The work explores a young martial artist with dreams of becoming the biggest movie star in the world. The production will conclude Hwang's Residency One series, which also included his plays Golden Child and The Dance and the Railroad.