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Geffen Playhouse announces slate

Eight productions for 2012-2013 season, including works from Margulies, Nottage

The Geffen Playhouse will stage eight productions for its 2012-13 season, including works from Pulitzer Prize winners Donald Margulies and Lynn Nottage.

Margulies’ “Coney Island Christmas,” based on the short story “The Loudest Voice,” is a world premiere commission and introduces auds to a young Jewish girl who is cast as Jesus in a school pageant. “Christmas” will run during the holidays, from Nov. 20-Dec. 30.

The West Coast premiere of Nottage’s “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark” opens the Geffen’s new season and officially debuts Sept. 26. The play looks at a former African-American maid who lands a part in a major Hollywood film, and the influence her role created for generations of women of color.

David Mamet’s “American Buffalo” will come to the Westwood venue April 2-May 12. The original 1975 play has not been performed in Los Angeles for more than a decade.

Two other productions coming to the mainstage Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen are the American premieres of “The Gift,” from writer Joanna Murray-Smith, and “Yes, Prime Minister,” by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn. “Yes, Prime Minister,” a comedy about British politics, is based on a BBC TV series.

On the more intimate Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen, Neil LaBute’s adapted “Miss Julie” will have its world premiere. LaBute will also direct the production, which is based on the original work by August Strindberg.

The world premiere of “Build” will open the Kenis (Oct. 9). Written by Michael Golamco, the play examines two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs whose paths have led them to separate personal and professional journeys but now must reconnect for both their sake.

Finally, “The Judy Show: My Life as a Sitcom” is the story of comedian-actress Judy Gold, and the sitcoms that helped shape her youth. Show had a successful Off Broadway run in Gotham.

“Every year we read dozens of scripts that move and inspire us, and this season I think we have selected eight remarkable shows that together promise something exciting for everyone,” said Geffen artistic director Randall Arney.

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