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MTC’s Meadow takes sabbatical

Before break, a.d. will direct 'Our Leading Lady'

Lynne Meadow is taking a break from Manhattan Theater Club.

Meadow, who has been a.d. at MTC for 34 years, will go on a year-long sabbatical for the 2007-08 season, with helmer Daniel Sullivan taking the theater’s reins in her stead.

Meadow said she plans to travel and write. Her year away is currently skedded to begin in August 2007.

Before that she’ll direct “Our Leading Lady,” the latest from Charles Busch (“The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife”), on one of the theater’s Off Broadway stages this spring. Her MTC production of David Grieg’s “The American Pilot,” currently on the boards, runs through the end of the year.

Sullivan, who was a.d. at Seattle Rep for more than 15 years, has worked frequently at MTC, where his credits include “Proof” and “Sight Unseen.” He is already involved in the planning of the season he’ll oversee, for which no entries have yet been announced — so it’s too early to say how much the new leadership will shift the org’s artistic temperament.

During his stint as a.d., he’ll work with the usual crew of MTC staffers, including exec producer Barry Grove.

Meadow, who intends also to see the work of other theater groups during her year away, will similarly consult on planning for the 2008-09 season, when she will return to her post.