Playwrights Horizons sets schedule

Parker Posey to star in Gibson play

Parker Posey will topline the world preem of a new play by Melissa James Gibson at Off Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons, where the 2009-10 season also will include new works from scribes Bruce Norris, Daniel Goldfarb and Annie Baker.

Season will kick off with “The Retributionists,” a thriller by Goldfarb (“Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me,” “Modern Orthodox”) about a group of Jewish militants aiming to take out one German for every Jew killed in the Holocaust. Leigh Silverman (“Well”) directs the production, which will run on Playwright Horizon’s mainstage.

In the org’s smaller space, Baker’s “Circle Mirror Transformation” follows the students in an amateur drama class at a New England community center. Baker (“Body Awareness”) developed the play, helmed by Sam Gold (“Jollyship the Whizbang”), at the Sundance Theater Lab last year.

Posey stars as a recently widowed woman entering her forties in “This,” the new play by Gibson (“[sic],” “Suitcase”). Daniel Aukin, who helmed Gibson’s “[sic]” and the former a.d. of Soho Rep, directs the show on Playwrights’ mainstage.

Next up on in the larger space will be “Clybourne Park” by Norris, whose play “The Pain and the Itch” won strong notices at Playwrights in 2006. Pam MacKinnon (“Peter and Jerry”) helms the show, which revolves around the gentrification of a neighborhood.

Specific dates for the four offerings have not yet been nailed down. Still to be announced for the upcoming season are a new tuner and another play.

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