Congratulations to all Lab alumni who have work in Playwrights Horizons’ newly announced 2014/15 season. Click here to read the full NY Times announcement. Those artists are: Heidi Schreck with her play GRAND CONCOURSE, current Lab co-chairs Jenny Schwartz and Ken Rus Schmoll with their musical IOWA, and Melissa James Gibson alongside Soho Rep.’s former Artistic Director Daniel Aukin with the play PLACEBO.
GRAND CONCOURSE by Heidi Schreck, directed by Kip Fagan
Called to a life of religious service, Shelly is the devoted manager of a Bronx soup kitchen, but lately her heart’s not quite in it. Enter Emma: an idealistic teenaged volunteer with mixed intentions, whose recklessness pushes Shelley to the breaking point. With startling compassion, Heidi Schreck’s play navigates the mystery of faith, the limit of forgiveness, and the pursuit of something resembling joy. Begins performances October 2014
IOWA written by Jenny Schwartz, music and lyrics by Todd Almond, oratorio lyrics by Jenny Schwartz, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll
Mom found her soul-mate on Facebook, and he lives in Iowa. So Becca says goodbye to her beloved math teacher, bulimic best friend, neighborhood pony and her mildly deficient teenage life, and she follows her wayward mother to a new, uncharted beginning. But in this fanciful, absurdist and intoxicating musical play from the imagination of Jenny Schwartz and Todd Almond nothing can prepare them for what they’ll find. Begins performances March 2015
PLACEBO by Melissa James Gibson, directed by Daniel Aukin
A minty green pill—medication or sugar? Louise is working on a placebo-controlled study of a new female arousal drug. As her work in the lab navigates the blurry lines between perception and deception, more and more these same questions pertain to her life at home. With uncanny insight and unparalleled wit, Melissa James Gibson’s affectionate comedy examines slippery truths and the power of crossed fingers. Begins performances February 2015
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