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.