New Edward Albee play premieres this summer

Associated PressMarch 14, 2013 

— The upcoming season at the Signature Theatre will be a fertile one – with new works by David Henry Hwang, Will Eno, Martha Clarke and the much-anticipated world premiere of Edward Albee’s new play, “Laying an Egg.”

The 2013-2014 Signature season announced Wednesday also includes Ruben Santiago-Hudson starring in August Wilson’s one-man show “How I Learned What I Learned” and a new work by Regina Taylor.

“I think it’s a really dynamic, eclectic group and mix, and I think it really is representative of what we have to offer as a theater-making community,” said James Houghton, the Signature’s founding artistic director.

Albee’s play, about a middle-aged married woman determined to become pregnant despite a controlling mother and restrictions imposed by her late father’s will, is part of the Signature’s Legacy Program, which gives its former resident writers the opportunity to return with new work.

Albee, whose other works include “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” “Seascape” and “The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?” was a resident playwright from 1993 to 1994. His new play will debut this summer.

“Laying an Egg” was initially scheduled to be produced last year by the Signature but was postponed when Albee requested more time.

This fall, Clarke’s “Cheri” will offer a fusion of theater, live music and dance. Taylor’s “--- and Potatoes” is about a crossword-loving book publisher struggling to find purpose in the digital age. Hwang’s play is about a young martial artist who comes to America from Hong Kong in the 1960s.

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