A 20-month celebration of new works for the theater, spanning the 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 theatrical seasons, has been announced by Signature Theatre Company. The celebration will feature premieres by some of the company's past playwrights-in-residence.

The New York premiere of Romulus Linney's A Lesson Before Dying, opening in September 2000, is the first production of this ambitious undertaking. It will be followed by the world premiere of Horton Foote's The Last of the Thorntons in November. Next up is the New York premiere of Urban Zulu Mambo, a one-woman show starring Regina Taylor and featuring new material by Taylor, Ntozake Shange, Kia Corthron, and Suzan-Lori Parks, in December.

A new play by Lee Blessing (details TBA) will be presented in Spring 2001. The celebration continues in 2001-2002 with premieres of works by Edward Albee, Maria Irene Fornes, John Guare, Arthur Miller, and Sam Shepard.

Signature Theatre Company, under the direction of founding artistic director James Houghton and managing director Bruce E. Whitacre, is located at 555 West 42nd Street (between 10th and 11th avenues) in Manhattan. For subscription and ticket information, phone 212-244-PLAY.