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Two World Premieres Set for Abingdon Theatre Company Season

The company’s lineup will also include a new musical from Tim Rosser and Charlie Sohne.

Tony Speciale is Artistic Director of Abingdon Theatre Company.
Tony Speciale is artistic director of Abingdon Theatre Company.
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Abingdon Theatre Company will present two world-premiere plays and a new musical at the June Havoc Theatre as part of its 2016-17 Season.

The company's 24th season will launch in January 2017 with the world-premiere of The Mother of Invention, a new play by Oscar winner James Lecesne. The production will reunite Lecesne with artistic director Tony Speciale, who directed his solo play The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey.

In March 2017, the season will continue with the world premiere of Chess Match, a coproduction with SITI Company. Conceived and directed by Anne Bogart, the play features text arranged by Jocelyn Clarke from public conversations with composer John Cage.

Abingdon's season will conclude in April and May 2017 with the New York premiere of its first musical, The Boy Who Danced on Air, featuring music by Tim Rosser and book and lyrics by Charlie Sohne. Speciale, who directed the musical's world premiere in San Diego last spring, will helm the production.

Casts and creative teams for Abingdon's 2016-17 mainstage productions in the June Havoc Theatre are to be announced.

Abingdon is dedicated to developing new works by established and emerging writers, marking the first full season programmed by Speciale.