Playwrights Horizons to tend ‘Grey Gardens’

Penned by Wright, show's based on Onassis relatives

The new musical “Grey Gardens” will have its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons. Based on the Maysles brothers’ 1975 docu about Jacqueline Onassis’ reclusive relatives, the show is Doug Wright’s follow-up to his Pulitzer Prize-winning “I Am My Own Wife.”

Wright is book writer on the project; songs are by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie.

“Grey Gardens” is expected to go up on Playwrights Horizons’ mainstage in the second half of the 2005-06 season. Michael Greif (“Rent”) directs Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson.

Playwrights Horizons’ new season kicks off with James Lapine’s “Fran’s Bed” starring Mia Farrow. Perfs begin Sept. 2.

Christopher Durang’s “Miss Witherspoon” follows on Nov. 11, with Emily Mann at the helm.

Trip Cullman directs “Manic Flight Reaction,” by Sarah Schulman, in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater. First preview is Oct. 13.

Also in the smaller Sharp Theater, David Marshall Grant’s “Pen” begins previews March 23 under the direction of Will Frears. J. Smith-Cameron headlines.

Back on the mainstage, dates are to be announced for the world premiere of Keith Bunin’s “The Busy World Is Hushed,” to be directed by Mark Brokaw.

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