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Mia Chung and Michael R. Jackson World Premieres Join New Page 73 Season

This will be the company's 20th-anniversary season.

Stephen Brackett will direct the world premiere of Michael R. Jackson's A Strange Loop.
(© David Gordon)

Page 73 has announced the two productions of its 20th anniversary 2018-19 season.

The season will begin with the world premiere of Catch as Catch Can, a new play written by Mia Chung (You for Me for You) and directed by Ken Rus Schmoll (Grounded), running at the New Ohio Theatre October 22-November 17.

The play is described as follows: "The Phelans and the Lavecchias grew up in each other's homes in a tight-knit working-class community, sharing the good times and the bad. As the younger generation grapples with complicated life choices, a shifting crisis is set in motion that threatens the bonds of this extended family. Using the device of character doubling in an unconventional way, Mia Chung gives fresh scrutiny to the roles we play in our families by creating a rich narrative performed by only three actors in a theatrical tour de force."

Following that will be the world premiere of the new musical A Strange Loop, with book, music, and lyrics by Michael R. Jackson (White Girl in Danger) and directed by Stephen Brackett (Be More Chill), running at Playwrights Horizons May 24-July 7, 2019.

The play is described as follows: "Usher is a black, gay writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical: a piece about a black, gay writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical. Michael R. Jackson's blistering, momentous new musical follows a young artist at war with a host of demons — not least of which, the punishing thoughts in his own head — in an attempt to break out of this strange loop."