Sundance taps plays for July Theatre Lab

Artisic director says '80% of lab-supported work finds production'

The Sundance Institute has chosen nine projects for its 2000 Theatre Lab, to be held July 5-23 in Sundance, Utah.

Works that will be presented at the three-week workshop include Sarah Schulman’s new play, “Carson McCullers,” a fictive account of the novelist’s life, with Craig Lucas directing; Javon Johnson’s “Hambone,” a character study of an African-American family, set in a South Carolina restaurant; Barry Yourgrau’s “Haunted Traveler,” adapted from his recent book into a solo performance piece; Doug Wright’s “I Am My Own Wife,” a play based on the real life story of transvestite Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf, who escaped a World War II concentration camp by passing as a woman; “Kafka Songs,” a new musical based on several of the writer’s short stories, with libretto and music by Christopher Drobny; John Jesurun’s “Philoktetes,” adapted from the Sophocles play; “Spring Awakening,” a musical adaptation of the Franz Wedekind work, with book and lyrics by Steven Sater, music by Duncan Sheik, with Michael Mayer directing; and Naomi Iizuka’s “36 Views,” a new play set in the world of New York art dealers.

Record of success

Several lab projects from past seasons have recently gone on to full-staged productions elsewhere. Moises Kaufman’s “The Laramie Project,” a lab play last summer, will be performed Off Broadway beginning in May. Others include Regina Taylor’s “Oo Bla Dee,” at the La Jolla Playhouse and Goodman Theatre; Nilo Cruz’s “Two Sisters and a Piano,” at the Public Theater and Alliance Theater; and Emily Mann’s “Meshugaii,” at Trinity Square Rep.

“In fact, 80% of lab-supported work finds production,” said Philip Himberg, artistic director of the Sundance Theatre Program.

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