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Female Creatives Take the Spotlight Off Broadway

Playwrights Horizons sets 2013-14 season and adds Steven Pasquale to 'Far From Heaven'

Off Broadway company Playwrights Horizons has tapped former “Do No Harm” topliner Steven Pasquale to co-star in this season’s tuner adaptation of “Far From Heaven,” while  lining up a 2013-14 season of new titles that will feature a notable roster of female creatives.

Pasquale will appear later this spring in “Far From Heaven” opposite Kelli O’Hara, with whom he starred in the musical’s run last summer at the Williamstown Theater Festival.

The adaptation, by “Grey Gardens” songsmiths Scott Frankel and Michael Korie and book writer Richard Greenberg (“The Assembled Parties,” the current Rialto version of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”), rounds out a buzz magnet 2012-13 season at the org that included new works from hot scribes Annie Baker, Amy Herzog and Samuel D. Hunter. The troupe looks to continue turning heads with a femme-skewing roster of creatives lined up for the 2013-14 season, of which four of the five productions are written (or, in one case, conceived and co-written) by a woman and three of the five directed by a distaff helmer.

Following on the heels of a 2012-13 season that encompassed work by Baker, Herzog, Tanya Barfield and Lisa D’Amour, the new lineup at Playwrights Horizons seems poised to win further praise from segs of the legit creative community, members of which have in the past decried the industry-wide dominance of work by men.

Season will kick off in the fall with the Gotham bow of Anne Washburn’s “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play,” which centers on a distant future in which the only surviving entry in the western canon is the “Cape Feare” episode of “The Simpsons.” Michael Friedman (“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”) writes the songs in a production directed by Civilians a.d. Steve Cosson.

Later in the spring, Kirk Lynn, one of the artistic directors of much-lauded Austin, Texas, troupe Rude Mechs, pens “Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra,” about a couple who decide to re-enact their entire sexual histories with each other. Anne Kauffman (“Belleville”) directs the show.

Next up is tuner “Fly by Night,” created by Kim Rosenstock (“Tigers Be Still”) and co-written by Rosenstock, “Once” performer Will Connolly and Michael Mitnick, the scribe attached to upcoming musical versions of “Animal House” and “King Kong.” Rock fable follows a sandwich-maker and two fascinating sisters.

Also on the theater’s slate next season is Marlane Meyer’s skewed romantic comedy “The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters,” helmed by Lisa Peterson, and director Leigh Silverman’s staging of Madeline George’s “The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence,” a time-shifting story about Sherlock Holmes’ sidekick, an engineer who built the first  Bell telephone, the computer that won at “Jeopardy!” and a tech-geek on the lookout for love.

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