Penguin Rep Theatre of Stony Point, New York has announced the four productions to join its 2013 mainstage season roster. Opening the season is the New York premiere of Class, a new play by Charles Evered (The Size of the World). Directed by Joe Brancato, Class will feature television star Richard Kline, best known for his role as sleazy neighbor and used-car salesman Larry Dallas on the sitcom Three's Company. In his fourth appearance with Penguin Rep, Kline plays an acting coach for a hot young megastar who wishes to be taken seriously as an actress. The production will run from May 17-June 9.
The second slated production is How the World Began, a new play by Catherine Trieschmann, set to run from June 28-July 21. Directed by Joe Brancato, the play explores the age-old conflict between science and religion.
Brancato will then direct the world premiere of Drop Dead Perfect, a new comedy by Erasmus Fenn. Drama Desk Award winner Everett Quinton (The Witch of Edmonton) from the Ridiculous Theatrical Company will star as the heartbroken, half-mad Idris Seabright, who serves as the mistress of a Key West cottage when she and her ward are visited by a mysterious stranger. The production will run from August 9-September 1.
The world premiere of Walt McGough's modern-day spy story, The Farm, will close the mainstage season, running from September 27-October 20. Mark Shanahan will direct.
Penguin Rep also plans to present three special event performances including 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, written by and starring two-time Emmy Award winner and stand-up comic Judy Gold (The Rosie O'Donnell Show) on September 7, The Devil's Music: The Life & Blues of Bessie Smith on September 21, and A Salute to Sondheim, honoring the musical theater legacy of Stephen Sondheim, on October 5.