Season Planning, An Insider’s Look — Part 4

Illustrations by Donald Ely

Illustrations by Donald Ely

Hello there–Shirley here, picking back up with our season planning emails from this past summer. A lot has happened since July–we announced a new Artistic Director (welcome Adam!) I had a child (a son, Duncan, and he’s pretty darn awesome) and we opened our season with the run-away hit show Queens Girl in the World by the marvelous Caleen Sinnette Jennings. We’re off to an exciting start, and I couldn’t be more excited about where we’re headed this season.

I left off with my season planning overview with details on Stars of David (opening Dec. 22) From January 13-February 21 we will present:

SistersRosensweig_CThe Sisters Rosensweig

By Wendy Wasserstein

The Rosensweig sisters are different as can be. There’s Sara, the oldest, a high-powered international banker with a no-nonsense attitude; Gorgeous, a kvelling mother of four with an eye for faux designer fashion; and Pfeni, the youngest, a world-traveling journalist with a yearning for firmer roots. When the three hilariously reunite at Sara’s London home for her 54th birthday celebration, a barrage of suitors and several unexpected revelations make for one interesting weekend. A classic heartfelt comedy about women grappling with life choices.

Winner of the 1993 Outer Critics Circle award for Best Broadway Play
Tony Award nomination for Best New Play
Drama Desk Award nomination for Best New Play
“A funny and deeply felt look at finding one’s identity” – The Boston Globe

Wendy Wasserstein is often labeled with a series of qualifiers—she was a “Jewish playwright” a “female writer” and a “comedic genius”. But Wendy Wasserstein was also, quite simply, one of the most important American playwrights of our time.

Theater J has an important and intimate history with Wasserstein. In 2003, former Theater J Artistic Director Ari Roth saw an evening of two new one-acts she wrote presented in the “First Glance” Series at Arena Stage. Struck by the honesty and depth of Wasserstein’s writing, Theater J committed to producing what was then slated to be a series of three one-acts in its next season. When writing about the proposed collaboration, Wasserstein observed:

 “Theater J is the kind of nurturing theater that I think is crucial to a play’s development. I look forward to being artistically invigorated by both their commitment and the community.”

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