'Homebody' pushed back to next season

The Intiman Theater’s world premiere production of “Nickel and Dimed” by Joan Holden will replace Tony Kushner’s “Homebody/Kabul” as the opener of the Mark Taper Forum’s 36th season Sept. 19.

The production, being presented by special arrangement with Richard Brick, Karen Danaher-Dorr, Marcia Nasatir and Rose Spector, will run through Oct. 27.

“Homebody/Kabul,” which Kushner is retooling, will be the opening production of the 2003-04 season. Frank Galati, who won two Tony Awards for his adaptation and direction of “The Grapes of Wrath,” will direct “Homebody/Kabul.”

“Nickel and Dimed” is based on the bestselling book by Barbara Ehrenreich and directed by Bartlett Sher. Play, which had its world premiere Friday at the Intiman in Seattle, looks at the underbelly of American prosperity through the eyes of a waitress, a maid, a nursing-home assistant and a Wal-Mart sales clerk.

“By delaying our presentation,” said Taper artistic director Gordon Davidson, “we will be able to give Tony ample time to put into place ideas that he has been developing after having seen the play at the New York Theater Workshop, Trinity Repertory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theater and in London. I know that it is the right thing to do — to give this writer, a writer for whom we care a great deal, the time and space to continue his work and complete his vision of the play.”

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