Three plays on Primary’s new slate

McPherson show, 'Turn' highlight season

An early work by hot Irish scribe Conor McPherson and a new stage adaptation of Henry James’ “The Turn of the Screw” highlight the new season at Off Broadway’s Primary Stages, under artistic director Casey Childs.

The season opens Oct. 7 with John Henry Redwood’s “The Old Settler,” directed by Harold Scott. Leslie Uggams stars in the play about sisters in 1943 Harlem. “Settler,” which previously has been produced at a variety of regional theaters, is making its Gotham premiere at Primary Stages.

“Scotland Road” author Jeffrey Hatcher is the author of the new adaptation of James’ classic chiller “Screw,” about a governess and her possibly haunted charges. Melia Bensussen directs the production, which runs March 10-April 16.

Third production of the season is the American premiere of McPherson’s “This Lime Tree Bower.” Primary Stages’ production of McPherson’s “St. Nicholas,” with Brian Cox, was a hit last season. “Lime Tree” runs May 5-June 6.

The final two productions of the season will be announced later.

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