Lincoln Center Theater will explore issues of racism and sexuality in the forthcoming LCT3 productions of Luck of the Irish and A Kid Like Jake. Kirsten Greenidge’s drama Luck of the Irish will play the Claire Tow Theater January 28, 2013 through March 10. Daniel Pearle’s A Kid Like Jake will run at the same venue beginning June 2. No casting has been announced for either production.
Directed by Rebecca Taichman, Luck of the Irish tackles racial and social issues in two different American eras. When an upwardly mobile African-American couple wants to buy a home in an all-white neighborhood in 1950s Boston, they pay a struggling Irish family to “ghost-buy” a house on their behalf. Fifty years later, the Irish family wants “their” house back. Luck of the Irish will officially open off-Broadway on February 11.
Luck of the Irish will feature set design by Mimi Lien, costume design by Oana Botez, lighting design by Justin Townsend and sound design by Matt Tierney.
A Kid Like Jake explores the unexpected challenges of marriage and parenting in the high-octane, competitive world of Manhattan privilege. Husband and wife Greg and Alex want only the best for their precocious four-year-old, Jake. When they apply to New York’s elite private schools, part of what makes Jake special – his passion for Cinderella and dress-up – starts to cause concern. Directed by Evan Cabnet, A Kid Like Jake will run off-Broadway through July 14 with an official opening on June 17.
LCT3 is a programming initiative devoted to producing the work of new artists as well as developing new audiences. The LCT3 2012-13 season kicks off on October 7 with Disgraced, starring Aasif Mandvi.