Lindsay-Abaire gets Broadway preem

Uhry, Willimon plays to run Off Broadway

A new Broadway play by Pulitzer winner David Lindsay-Abaire is among the offerings lined up for the 2010-11 season at Gotham nonprofit Manhattan Theater Club. Also on the list are Off Broadway world preems of plays by Alfred Uhry and Beau Willimon.

Like “Rabbit Hole,” the MTC production that won Lindsay-Abaire the Pulitzer, his new play “Good People” will preem at the Friedman Theater in a staging helmed by Daniel Sullivan. (The MTC venue was called the Biltmore in 2006, when “Rabbit Hole” first bowed.)

Plot follows a South Boston woman who hopes an old flame will help her out of her dead-end situation. Production, for which no casting has been announced, will play the Friedman in a run that begins previews Feb. 8 ahead of a March 3 opening.

“People” will follow the previously announced Gotham staging of Brit hit “The Pitmen Painters,” beginning previews at the Friedman Sept. 14 and opening Sept. 30. The original British cast of the show, penned by Lee Hall (“Billy Elliot”), will appear in the Stateside incarnation, which is presented by special arrangement with commercial producer Bob Boyett. Original co-production of “Pitmen” is credited to Live Theater, Newcastle and London’s National Theater.

“Good People” was commissioned through MTC’s Bank of America commissioning programming, as was “Carl’s Sister,” a new adaptation by Uhry (“Driving Miss Daisy”) of a book by Marie Brenner.

“Sister,” helmed by MTC a.d. Lynne Meadow, follows a Gotham liberal who goes to Washington state to help her dying brother. Show is based on Brenner’s 2008 memoir “Apples and Oranges.”

“Carl’s Sister” will be followed Off Broadway by the latest from Willimon (“Farragut North”), “Spirit Control.” Helmed by Doug Hughes, play centers on an air traffic controller whose life is affected by an emergency-landing crisis.

Dates for MTC’s Off Broadway shows have not yet been nailed down. One more Broadway production and one Off Broadway show remain to be announced for the 2010-11 season.

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