New plays by Charles Busch and Kate Fodor are among the offerings lined up for the 2011-12 season at Off Broadway’s Primary Stages.
The latest from Busch, whose nun-movie spoof “The Divine Sister” is currently running Off Broadway, is a Primary Stages commission called “Olive and the Bitter Herbs.” Comedy, which begins previews July 26 ahead of a Sept. 3 opening, centers on an actress named Olive, a Passover Seder dinner and a mysterious ghost in the mirror.
Fall show, an anthology of family-themed short plays called “In Mother Words,” features brief works from scribes including Beth Henley, Lisa Loomer, Michele Lowe and Theresa Rebeck. Conceived by Susan R. Rose and Joan Stein and helmed by Lisa Peterson, the production begins previews Sept. 20 before opening Oct. 4.
“Rx,” the new work from Fodor (“100 Saints You Should Know”), follows a woman who falls in love with her doctor while part of a clinical trial for a drug that combats workplace depression. Show starts previews Monday prior to a Feb. 7 bow.
The season lineup finishes off with “The Morini Strad” by Willy Holtzman. Primary Stages founder Casey Childs directs the story of a violinist who hires a violin maker to restore and sell her Stradivarius. Perfs kick off March 20 before an official press opening set for April 3.
All productions will play in Primary Stage’s usual venue at 59E59 Theaters.