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Bishop goes ‘East’ for winter

Gurney play headed Off Broadway

Lincoln Center Theater artistic director Andre Bishop has tapped “Far East,” a new play by A.R. Gurney, for the Mitzi Newhouse Theater Off Broadway this winter.

Daniel Sullivan, best known for helming Wendy Wasserstein’s “The Heidi Chronicles,” is attached to helm. Sullivan also directed “Ah, Wilderness!” for Lincoln Center Theater last season.

“Far East” follows a young American sailor who gets involved with a Japanese woman in the 1950s. His commanding officer’s wife, who knows the sailor by way of his mother, disapproves and meddles. Her disapproval, though couched in racist terms, also stems from a sexual tension between herself and the young sailor.

There is no word yet on casting for “East.”

‘Ring’ seeks home

Also on Lincoln Center Theater’s slate is Jean Anouilh’s “Ring Round the Moon,” adapted by Christopher Fry. A house on Broadway is being sought for the production, since the company’s Vivian Beaumont will be occupied by the Lincoln Center Theater/Livent tuner “Parade.” The John Golden Theater has been mentioned as a possibility by insiders.

Gerald Gutierrez, who helmed Lincoln Center Theater’s productions of “Ivanov,” “A Delicate Balance” and “The Heiress,” is attached to direct, though no cast is set yet. “Ring” is about twin brothers and the woman for whose affections they compete.

“Parade,” to bow on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont in November, is the true story of a Northern Jew working in the South who is wrongfully accused of murdering a 13-year-old girl. Harold Prince is directing.

Gurney is repped by the William Morris Agency’s Gilbert Parker; Sullivan is repped by WMA Theatrical topman George Lane.

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