The Signature Theatre Company will premiere seven new plays in the 2013-14 season. The shows include Laying an Egg (a world premiere by Edward Albee), August Wilson’s How I Learned What I Learned (the New York premiere of a one-man show starring Ruben Santiago-Hudson), Cheri (a world premiere by Martha Clarke) and more. All productions will play at off-Broadway’s Pershing Square Signature Center.
Albee’s Laying an Egg, which was previously slated to premiere in February 2012, will now begin performances in summer 2013 at the Irene Diamond Stage. Directed by David Esbjornson, Laying an Egg tells the story of a middle-aged woman who, with a domineering mother, an adoring husband and the damning conditions of her late father’s will, renews her vow to get pregnant, with chaotic results. No casting has been announced.
How I Learned What I Learned, by Wilson, will open in fall 2013 at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre. Santiago-Hudson (Stick Fly) will channel the late Wilson in his one-man show about his first jobs, a stint in jail, an early relationship, his first kiss, his foray into cinema and his lifelong friends. How I Learned What I Learned is helmed by Todd Kreidler.
The world premiere of David Henry Hwang's play Kung Fu, originally scheduled to run in fall 2013, will now begin performances in winter/spring 2014. Directed by Leigh Silverman, Kung Fu incorporates dance and music in the story of a young martial artist who comes to America from Hong Kong in the 1960s with a dream as audacious as his talent: to become the biggest movie star in the world. Kung Fu will play at the Irene Diamond Stage.
The previously announced premiere of Regina Taylor’s ---- and Potatoes, originally slated to begin performances in April 2013, will now run in summer 2013 at the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre. Directed by Taylor, ---- and Potatoes tells the story of Chicago book publisher Alex Ames, who loves the challenge and stability of his daily crossword puzzle, but now he must face the real-life challenge of how to adapt his business in the rapidly changing digital age.
Conceived, directed and choreographed by Martha Clarke, Cheri will premiere in fall 2013 at the Irene Diamond Stage. Inspired by the 1920 novella Colette, Cheri is a fusion of theater, live music and dance with text by Tina Howe. The show will feature ballet dancers Herman Cornejo and Alessandra Ferri, actor Suzanne Bertish and pianist Sarah Rothenberg.
Two new, untitled plays by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Neighbors) and Will Eno (Title and Deed) are both scheduled to premiere in winter/spring 2014 at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre and the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, respectively. No casting or directors have been announced.