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New plays by Jane Anderson, Neil LaBute announced for Geffen Playhouse's 2010-11 season

April 11, 2010 |  6:47 pm

NLB Name-brand writers with true talent are an under-appreciated commodity in Hollywood. Thankfully, the Geffen Playhouse is here to offer employment to some of them in the 2010-11 season.

The company's upcoming season will include a few of the theater world's top scribes -- Jane Anderson, Neil LaBute, Lynn Nottage and Tracy Letts. Two of them will be offering world-premiere plays while the others will be presenting the local debuts of recent work.

Anderson's "The Escort: An Explicit Play for Discriminating People" (April 6-May 8, 2011) follows the relationship between a high-class call girl, her gynecologist and the doctor's 13-year-old son. The world-premiere production, which will be directed by Lisa Peterson, is the second Anderson play produced at the Geffen since 2007's "The Quality of Life."

LaBute will present his new play "The Break of Noon" (Feb. 2-March 6, 2011), which is being co-produced with New York's MCC Theatre. The play tells the story of a man who survives an office shooting and goes on a spiritual tour. Jo Bonney, a frequent LaBute collaborator, will direct.

As Culture Monster previously reported, the season will open in September with Nottage's "Ruined," which won the Pulitzer Prize for drama last year. Also on tap: the West Coast premiere of Letts' "Superior Donuts," which recently ran on Broadway.

Read the full story on the Geffen's new season, including an update on the company's financial health from founder and producing director Gil Cates.

-- David Ng


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Photo: Neil LaBute, Los Angeles Times