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La Jolla Playhouse announces 2009-10 season

January 27, 2009 | 11:00 am

Douglas_carter_beane"Creditors," a world premiere play adapted and staged by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright (“I Am My Own Wife”), and "The Big Time," a world premiere musical by Douglas Carter Beane ("The Little Dog Laughed," "Xanadu"), right, will be part of the 2009-10 season at the La Jolla Playhouse, it was announced this week.

Based on the August Strindberg play of the same name, "Creditors" is about two men at a seaside resort –- an artist and a mysterious stranger -– who strike up a seemingly innocent conversation that leads to a web of intrigue, suspicion and revenge. It was commissioned by the Playhouse.

Beane's musical "The Big Time" revolves around two down-on-their-luck lounge singers on a cruise ship, hoping for a final chance at success. Then the ship is taken hostage by terrorists. "The Big Time," with music and lyrics by Douglas Cohen, will be directed by Playhouse artistic director Christopher Ashley.

Also on the roster is the world premiere of "Restoration," a new play by Claudia Shear, who wrote and starred in 2001's "Dirty Blonde" on Broadway; the West Coast premiere of Terrence McNally's "Unusual Acts of Devotion," and the revival of the 1982 musical "Herringbone," starring B.D. Wong and directed by Roger Rees.

This year's Page to Stage workshop offering will be "The Hudsucker Proxy," a new musical by Glenn Slater (book and lyrics) and Stephen A. Weiner (music) based on the 1994 Coen brothers film.

Exact dates for the production have not been set. For more information, go to

-- Lisa Fung

Credit: Sean Masterson / For The Times