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Geffen bound for ‘Atlanta’

Hummon musical to world preem in Westwood

The Geffen Playhouse will stage the world premiere of Marcus Hummon’s bluegrass musical “Atlanta” to replace the postponed “The Best Is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy Coleman” in the coming season.

The theater, which announced its 2007-08 season Monday, also will mount the world premieres of Donald Margulies’ “The Elephant in the Room” and, in its smaller space, Jane Anderson’s “Quality of Life” starring Laurie Metcalfe. Both plays are Geffen commissions.

Hummon’s “Atlanta” — actor-director Adrian Pasdar (“Heroes”) co-wrote the book — is set at the end of the Civil War and mixes prose by William Shakespeare with original bluegrass music and country tunes. It opens Nov. 28.

Season opens with a non-subscription offering of Suzan-Lori Parks’ “365 Days/365 Plays” during the week of Sept. 10.

The previously announced West Coast premiere of Wendy Wasserstein’s “Third,” starring Christine Lahti, runs Sept. 19-Oct. 21.

Annette Bening will portray Margot Mason in Joanna Murray-Smith’s “The Female of the Species” from Feb. 13-March 16. The new comedy from Australia received its premiere last year from the Melbourne Theater Company.

“Elephant in the Room,” which concerns a photojournalist wounded while covering a war and trying to resume a normal life at home, runs June 25-July 27, 2008. Margulies’ “Collected Stories” and “Dinner With Friends” were previously mounted at the Geffen.

Playhouse has an open slot for another production April 23-May 25.

“Quality of Life” runs Oct. 10 to Nov. 18 at the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at Geffen Playhouse. It is the first Geffen commission to be produced at the Playhouse. Her “Looking for Normal” was presented on the mainstage with Metcalfe in the 2000-01 season.

“Emergence-See!” features playwright Daniel Beaty portraying 40 characters aboard a slave ship in front of the Statue of Liberty. Solo show, which has no opening date yet, received its New York premiere at the Public Theater in October.

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