Vineyard to nurture three debuts

World preems of 'Stranger,' 'Picnic,' 'Jerzy' on 2000-01 legit slate

The legit home of “Fully Committed” and “How I Learned to Drive” will return with three world premieres for the 2000-01 season.

The Vineyard Theater opens Oct. 5 with “Stranger,” a new play by Craig Lucas (“Prelude to a Kiss”). Mark Brokaw (“How I Learned to Drive”) directs the suspense drama, which begins with a chance meeting between two strangers on a plane.

Paulus’ ‘Picnic’

In December, Diane Paulus (“The Donkey Show”) adapts and helms a new musical, “Soul Picnic,” based on music and lyrics from two Laura Nyro albums, “Eli and the Thirteenth Confession” and “New York Tendaberry.”

New playwright Davey Holmes will receive his first major production when the not-for-profit theater company premieres “More Lies About Jerzy” in March. Holmes explores the circumstances surrounding the accuracy and truthfulness of an award-winning memoir by the late Jerzy Kosinski.

Pipeline productions

In development at the Vineyard are new musical collaborations between Polly Pen and Laurence Klavan (“Bed & Sofa”) as well as Cornelius Eady (“Running Man”) and Kirsten Childs (“The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin”). Also in the works are new dramatic works by Doug Wright and Janusz Glowacki.

Douglas Abel is artistic director of the Vineyard.

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