‘Teeth’ Adaptation and ‘Stereophonic’ in Playwrights Horizons New Season
Playwrights Horizons will current three large-scale productions and three solo works as a part of its eclectic lineup for its 2023-24 season, with a spread of genres and value factors, the corporate introduced on Tuesday.
“These previous few years are nonetheless asking us to pivot and be artistic in methods we didn’t know we’d be requested to be,” stated Adam Greenfield, the inventive director for Playwrights Horizons, who added that the corporate has needed to reduce on producing new and commissioned works due to budgetary constraints.
“Our job is to place as a lot new writing as potential in entrance of individuals,” he stated. “We’re attempting to determine the best way to do extra with much less.”
“Teeth,” primarily based on the horror comedy movie about an evangelical teenage woman with toothed genitalia — which the critic Stephen Holden referred to as a “twisted sex-education movie,” “quasi-feminist fable” and an “outrageous stunt” — will make its stage premiere in February.
The musical manufacturing, which has been within the works since earlier than the pandemic, and which Greenfield referred to as “an examination of historical misogyny,” is written by Michael R. Jackson (“A Strange Loop”) and Anna Ok. Jacobs, and shall be choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly and directed by Sarah Benson, who will quickly be leaving her management function at Soho Rep.
“It’s larger than any room that may attempt to include it,” Greenfield stated. “It’s extremely enjoyable and extremely irreverent and brilliantly silly and stupidly sensible.”
The season will kick off in October with the world premiere of David Adjmi’s “Stereophonic,” with unique music by the Arcade Fire’s Will Butler, a couple of band whose members hold clashing whereas creating a brand new album. Set over two recording periods, with fragments of the in-progress songs teased all through, the present is “a valentine and a cautionary story to the act of creation itself,” Greenfield stated.
The 2023-24 season may even characteristic three solo works written and carried out by the playwrights. Milo Cramer’s “School Pictures,” which premiered on the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia in November, is a musical journal of song-poems that current a portrait of the New York City schooling system. Alexandra Tatarsky’s “Sad Boys in Harpy Land,” which lately ran on the Abrons Art Center, is a clown cabaret a couple of younger lady who thinks she is a small German boy who thinks he’s a tree. The comic Ikechukwu Ufomadu will carry out his stand-up act, “Amusements,” a mixture of storytelling, music and multimedia, which may even make an look at Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer.
Presented in repertory, the solo performances will start previews in November; tickets shall be provided at a reduced fee.
Rounding out the season is Abe Koogler’s “Staff Meal,” a comedic play, directed by Morgan Green, a couple of wait workers working to maintain service working easily at a mysterious New York City restaurant whereas the world falls aside. Previews start subsequent April.
Playwrights Horizons may even current a slate of programming with the Movement Theater Company, a troupe devoted to growing and producing new work by artists of coloration. The residency begins in May 2024.
“I feel individuals are craving selection,” Greenfield stated. “This new season speaks to that cultural shift.”