Hoffman to direct drama at Reading Series
New plays by Stephen Adly Guirgis and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa are among the works in development to be showcased in Manhattan Theater Club’s 6@7 Reading Series, running April 10-May 22 at the company’s City Center Stage II venue.Philip Seymour Hoffman will direct “The Little Flower of East Orange,” a drama by Guirgis about a woman floating in and out of consciousness in a Gotham charity hospital while her imprisoned son tries to figure out how she got there. The playwright’s previous work includes “Our Lady of 121st Street” and “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.” Michael Bush will direct Aguirre-Sacasa’s “Good Boys and True,” which concerns a golden-boy prep school student embroiled in scandal. The director and playwright also are collaborating on MTC’s “Based on a Totally True Story,” currently in previews at City Center for an April 11 opening. Also being performed is “The Girl in the Frame,” a four-character musical parable of modern love, previously seen at Goodspeed and at London’s Bridewell Theater. Jeremy Dobrish directs the show, with book, music and lyrics by Jeremy Desmon. Plays developed in past editions of 6@7 include David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Proof” and David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Fuddy Meers.” Other plays in the 2006 series include Shelagh Stephenson’s “Fallout,” Naomi Iizuka’s “Strike-Slip” and Jason Wells’ “Men of Tortuga.”
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