Playwrights Horizons serves up ‘Grill’

Season to feature premieres by Nelson, Smith, Donaghy

NEW YORK — Playwrights Horizons’ 2001-2002 season will feature the premieres of plays by Richard Nelson, Evan Smith and Tom Donaghy, as well as a new musical based on the movie “The Spitfire Grill.”

Latter show is the season opener on the “mainstage,” although the theater will not be hosting shows at its 42nd Street venue this season since it is undergoing a major revamp.

Previously seen at the George Street Playhouse, “Spitfire Grill” features music by Jame Valcq and lyrics by Fred Alley. Valcq and Alley both wrote the book, and the production will be directed by George Street artistic director David Saint. It will be produced at the Duke on 42nd Street.

The next mainstage production, Smith’s “Psych,” will be performed at the Peter Norton Space, normally home to the Signature Theater Co. The new play by Smith, who wrote “The Uneasy Chair,” is about a “part-time dominatrix and psychology grad student.” Jim Simpson directs.

Nelson will direct the production of his play “Franny’s Way,” which will play at the Atlantic Theater Co.’s home in the spring. Play from the author of “Madame Melville,” among others, is set in Greenwich Village in 1957 and tells the story of two teenage sisters visiting a married cousin in the city.

Donaghy’s “Boys and Girls” concludes the mainstage season at the Duke on 42nd Street. Directed by Gerald Gutierrez, the play is about a pair of lesbian professionals seeking a male role model for their young son.

In smaller spaces, the company will also present new plays by Billy Aronson and Sarah Schulman. Aronson’s “Light Years” will be helmed by Jamie Richards in the fall at Theater Three, and Schulman’s “Carson McCullers,” directed by Marion McClinton, opens in January at Theater Four.

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