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Playwrights Horizons Announces 2018-19 Season

The slate includes the New York premiere of a Craig Lucas play and the world premiere of a new Halley Feiffer work.

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Lois Smith will be part of the cast of the New York premiere of Craig Lucas's I Was Most Alive With You, part of Playwrights Horizons's 2018-19 season.
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Playwrights Horizons announced its 2018-19 season, with six new works to be presented.

First is I Was Most Alive With You, the New York premiere of a new play written and directed by Craig Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss), and codirected by Tyne Rafaeli. The play will be performed in both English and American Sign Language. The cast will include Marianna Bassham, Tad Cooley, two-time Obie Award winner Lisa Emery, Theatre World Award winner Russell Harvard, two-time Tony Award nominee Lois Smith, and Gameela Wright.

The play will be simultaneously performed in American Sign Language by a cast of actors from the Deaf community, including Beth Applebaum, Seth Gore, Dickie Hearts, Amelia Hensley, Anthony Natale, and Alexandria Wailes. Sabrina Dennison will be the director of artistic sign language. I Was Most Alive With You begins previews on Friday, August 31, at Playwrights Horizons's Mainstage Theater.

Next is The Thanksgiving Play, the world premiere of a new work by Larissa FastHorse and directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Present Laughter), to be presented at Playwrights Horizons's Peter Jay Sharp Theater beginning in October.

Noura, the New York premiere of a new play written by and featuring Heather Raffo, will follow. Directed by Joanna Settle, it will be presented at the Mainstage Theater in association with Washington, DC's Shakespeare Theatre Company — which is currently presenting its world premiere — beginning in November.

In February 2019 at the Mainstage Theater, Playwrights Horizons will present If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhf**ka, the world premiere of a new play by Tori Sampson, directed by Liesl Tommy (Eclipsed).

Then comes another world premiere, The Pain of My Belligerence, a new play written by and featuring Halley Feiffer (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City), with a director to be announced. It will be presented at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater beginning April 2019.

Finally, the season will conclude with A Strange Loop, the world premiere of a new musical with book, music, and lyrics by Michael R. Jackson and directed by Stephen Brackett (The Mad Ones). Presented in association with Page 73, A Strange Loop will begin performances in May 2019 at the Mainstage Theater.

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