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Sab Shimono and Tim Kang in Julia Cho’s "Aubergine" at Berkeley Rep. (Photo courtesy of

Playwrights Horizons Announces a Season of Premieres for 2016–17

The slate includes new works from Julia Cho, Adam Bock, the Debate Society, Dan LeFranc, Zayd Dohrn, and Kirsten Childs.

NEW YORK CITY: Playwrights Horizons, under the leadership of artistic director Tim Sanford and managing director Leslie Marcus, has announce the six productions of its 2016–17 Season, all but one a world premiere.

The season kicks off in August with the New York premiere of Julia Cho’s Aubergine, about the links between food and family. It will be directed by Kate Whoriskey.

The world premiere of Adam Bock’s A Life follows in September. This tale of a lonely young man who turns to astrology for answers will be directed by Anne Kauffman.

Dan LeFranc’s Rancho Viejo, another world premiere, follows in November. Daniel Aukin will direct this play about the parents of a young couple going through a breakup, set against the backdrop of an affluent Southwestern suburb.

The Debate Society’s newest offering, The Light Years, will have its world premiere in February 2017. This new play by company members Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen, and Oliver Butler retells the true story of Steele MacKaye, a now forgotten impresario behind an audacious invention at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893.

Next, in March 2017, is Zayd Dohrn’s The Profane, in its world premiere. A director for this play—about a liberal New York immigrant troubled by his daughter’s involvement with the scion of a conservative Muslim family in White Plains—has yet to be announced.

The season closes in May 2017 with Bella: An American Tall Tale, a new musical commissioned by Playwrights with book, music, and lyrics by Kirsten Childs (The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin), which will be directed by Robert O’Hara. This Western musical adventure is billed as a co-world premiere with Dallas Theater Center, where it will kick up its spurs in the fall of 2016.

Playwrights Horizons is a writer’s theatre dedicated to the support and development of contemporary American playwrights, composers and lyricists and to the production of their new work. In its 45 years, Playwrights Horizons has presented the work of more than 400 writers.

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