Ian Merrill Peakes and Harry Smith in "The Body of an American," now at Philadelphia's Wilma Theatre. Dan O'Brien's award-winning play will be part of Primary Stages' new season. (Photo by Alexander Ilziliaev)

True Stories and Social Impact in Primary Stages’ New Season

New York will finally get to see some acclaimed and socially relevant new plays that have received productions and acclaim elsewhere.

NEW YORK CITY: Primary Stages has announced the initial offerings of its 2015–16 season, its 31st, to be performed at the Duke on 42nd Street, a New 42nd Street project.

The award-winning company will present three local premieres. First is Deborah Zoe Laufer’s Informed Consent (July–Sept.), about one woman’s quest to explore the mysteries of science and her own life, based on a landmark court case between the Havasupai tribe and the University of Arizona. The NYC premiere is a coproduction with Ensemble Studio Theatre, as part of their Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project.

Next is Dan O’Brien’s acclaimed The Body of an American (Feb.–March 2016),  which has already received two major awards: the 2014 Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play and the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Award (shared with Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way). The play is based on the true story of war photojournalist Paul Watson.

Finally, Ike Holter’s Exit Strategy, about the chaotic final days of a trouble Chicago public school, will play March–May 2016.

The company will announce a fourth production for fall 2015 in the coming months.

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