New plays by Richard Nelson and A.R. Gurney top the 2006-07 season at Playwrights Horizons.
“Frank’s Home,” the latest from Nelson (“Goodnight Children Everywhere”), chronicles Frank Lloyd Wright’s attempts to reconnect with his adult children in California in the early 1920s. Production is helmed by Robert Falls (“Long Day’s Journey Into Night”), a.d. of Chi’s Goodman Theater, where the show preems in the fall before bowing at Playwrights in January.
Gurney’s “Crazy Mary,” starting perfs in May 2007, follows a wealthy mother and son visiting their long-lost, insane cousin. World preem is directed by Jim Simpson, who has helmed Gurney plays including “Mrs. Farnsworth” at the Flea Theater, where he is a.d.
In the new tuner by David Cale, “Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky,” a has-been country singer and a 20-year-old woman travel from Montana to Texas. Show, with book and lyrics by Cale (“Smooch Music,” “Welcome to America”) and music by Cale and Jonathan Kreisberg, begins perfs in November.
Also on the theater’s plate are “Blue Door,” Tanya Barfield’s play about an African-American mathematician visited by the ghosts of ancestors, and “The Pain and the Itch,” Bruce Norris’ satire set during what starts out as an average Thanksgiving dinner.
A sixth offering has yet to be announced.