Geffen Playhouse Announces World Premiere, 2 West Coast Premieres

Geffen Playhouse Announces World Premiere, 2

The Geffen Playhouse has announced three of the eight plays slated for its 2014-2015 season.

The slate includes the world premiere of helmer Trevor Hay’s “Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin” as well as the West coast premieres of “Choir Boy” (pictured at the Manhattan Theater Club), penned by Alvin McCraney and directed by Trip Cullman, and “Bad Jews,” written by Joshua Harmon and directed by Matt Shakman.

Two additional plays for the Gil Cates Theater and three shows for the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater have not yet been announced.

“Each play that we’ve put into this season has something specific and singular about it,” Geffen artistic director Randall Arney said in a statement. “Taken together, an undeniable theme emerges.  These writers, and the characters they’ve created, have distinct voices and the stories they tell explore how one voice can change the world.  Through singing a song, writing a song, righting a wrong — each of these plays is a battle cry to raise one’s voice.”

Geffen’s season will begin on Sept. 16 with the premiere of “Choir Boy,” which features gospel music and had previous productions at Manhattan Theatre Club and London’s Royal Court Theatre.

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