Sundance Theater Lab picks plays, scribes

Eight legits will be worked on at summer sesh

This summer’s Sundance Institute Theater Lab will include works by scribes David Grimm (“Measure for Pleasure”), Stephen Belber (“Tape”) and Melissa James Gibson (“[sic]”).

Eight plays will be developed at this year’s sesh in Utah July 10-30. In addition, Tanya Barfield (whose “Blue Door” gets a run at Playwrights Horizons next season) has been selected as the playwright in residence.

She’ll work on her play “Equal Measure,” about Woodrow Wilson and an African-American who works as a civil servant in the White House.

Grimm’s play “Steve and Idi” involves a down-on-his-luck guy visited by the ghost of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. Gibson’s “Current Nobody” is a skewed modern-day adaptation of the Odysseus myth, and Belber’s “Asymmetrical Battlefield” intertwines the stories of an American reservist and a Saudi-American citizen.

Other works to be developed in the summer sesh are “Citizen Josh,” by monologist Josh Kornbluth (“Ben Franklin Unplugged”); “The Evildoers,” by David Adjmi; “… And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi,” by Marcus Gardley; “The Tallest Girl in the Class,” by Hilly Hicks; and a tuner adaptation of the 1949 pic “Kind Hearts and Coronets,” by Robert Freedman and Steven Lutvak.

Russian producer Eduard Boyakov has been selected as an international observer at the lab.

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