The latest work from Alan Ayckbourn, “My Wonderful Day,” will segue directly from its premiere at the prolific playwright’s home base in Scarborough, England, to Gotham stageplex 59E59 Theaters as part of the sixth annual Brits Off Broadway lineup.
Ayckbourn’s 73rd play centers on a young girl’s observation of the bizarre behavior of adults in her oddball household as she quietly gathers material for a school essay.
The playwright will direct the Stephen Joseph Theater Company production, first in Scarborough before its Gotham engagement, running Nov. 10-Dec. 13. Cast includes Ayesha Antoine, Terence Booth, Ruth Gibson, Paul Kemp, Petra Letang and Alexandra Mathie.
Ayckbourn’s last new work to reach Gotham was “Private Fears in Public Places,” which was the critical breakout hit of the 2005 Brits Off Broadway season. The Rialto remount of the playwright’s 1973 trilogy, “The Norman Conquests,” closed its limited engagement Sunday after winning this year’s Tony for play revival.
The Brits Off Broadway showcase runs Nov. 3 through Jan. 4, opening with Frank McCabe’s production of Matt Wilkinson’s “Red Sea Fish” (Nov. 3-22), about an embittered retired thief whose passions are reignited when a young runaway comes into his reclusive home.
“Merrick, the Elephant Man” (Nov. 24-Dec. 13) is a new take on the life of the grotesquely deformed 19th-century Englishman, combining burlesque, neo-circus and physical theater. One-man show was devised and written by Mary Swan and Saul Jaffe, respectively director and star.
Thomas Hescott helms “Wolves at the Window” (Nov. 10-Dec. 6), in which playwright Toby Davies brings to life the macabre upper-class Edwardians of 20th-century satirist Saki.
A seventh production is still to be added to the lineup, which also includes a show from cabaret performer Simon Green (Dec. 15-Jan. 4) and the return of satirical musical comedy trio Fascinating Aida in “Absolutely Miraculous” (Dec. 16-Jan. 4).