May play to power trio of one-acts

Producer seeks plays to complement each other, 'Smoking'

NEW YORK — Elaine May’s new play “Giving Up Smoking” is looking for a companion. Two companions, to be exact.

May’s longtime producer, Julian Schlossberg, will present an evening of three one-acts in the tradition of “Death Defying Acts” and “Power Plays.” The former paired May with playwrights Woody Allen and David Mamet in 1994, the latter with Alan Arkin in 1998.

“I’m looking at a couple of writers’ one-act plays and how they would complement each other,” Schlossberg said.

May’s most recent legit outing in Gotham was the Off Broadway production of her full-length comedy “Adult Entertainment,” which Schlossberg produced with Roy Furman and Ben Sprecher. That producing team also will present “Giving Up Smoking,” which they expect to put on the boards in the spring.

Although Schlossberg’s other evenings of one-acts have been presented Off Broadway, he did not rule out a Broadway run for May’s latest.

Daniel Sullivan, Tony winner for “Proof,” will helm.

May recently segued from William Morris to CAA.

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