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Primary Stages Presents World Premiere of Clarence Coo’s ON THAT DAY IN AMSTERDAM
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 06:09 pm EDT 08/19/19

ON THAT DAY IN AMSTERDAM
WRITTEN BY CLARENCE COO
DIRECTED BY KAREEM FAHMY
OCTOBER 29 – DECEMBER 18, 2019

FOLLOWED BY

THE CONFESSION OF LILY DARE
WRITTEN BY AND STARRING CHARLES BUSCH
DIRECTED BY CARL ANDRESS
JANUARY 11 – MARCH 5, 2020

TICKETS FOR BOTH SHOWS ON SALE NOW

ALSO ANNOUNCED

35TH ANNIVERSARY GALA
WILL HONOR
PULITZER PRIZE NOMINEE
THERESA REBECK (BERNHARDT/HAMLET, DOWNSTAIRS)
AND
TONY AWARD-WINNING PRODUCERS
JAMIE DEROY (THE FERRYMAN, LITTLE WOMEN)
DASHA EPSTEIN (AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, EXITS AND ENTRANCES)
SUSAN ROSE (THE BAND’S VISIT, SABINA)
CHERYL WIESENFELD (AIN’T TOO PROUD, IN THE CONTINUUM)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2019

AT TRIBECA 360°

PRIMARY STAGES (Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director; Shane D. Hudson, Executive Director; Casey Childs, Founder) is proud to announce that tickets are now on sale for the first two productions of its 35th Anniversary season. The season will kick off in the fall with the world premiere of On That Day in Amsterdam, written by Clarence Coo (Beautiful Province (Belle Province)-–Yale Drama Prize) and directed by Kareem Fahmy (3/Fifths). Performances begin at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street) on October 29, 2019, with opening night set for November 19, for a run through December 18, 2019.

On That Day in Amsterdam replaces the previously announced production of Billy Porter’s Untitled Sex Project, which has been postponed due to scheduling conflicts.

In a time when your fate is determined by your passport, Clarence Coo's deeply arresting play captures a transient moment of magic. The morning after a one-night stand, a refugee from the Middle East wakes up next to an American backpacker who is himself the son of immigrants. With only a day until the two young men must each leave Amsterdam, they set off on a romantic journey through the city. Moved by the spirits of Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Anne Frank, On That Day in Amsterdam witnesses these two young dreamers count down their remaining hours together, discovering the meaning of art, love, and loss.

Casting and creative team for On That Day in Amsterdam will be announced at a later date. On That Day in Amsterdam is produced in association with Ted Snowdon.

Tickets are also now on sale for The Confession of Lily Dare, written by and starring Charles Busch (The Tribute Artist, You Should Be So Lucky) and directed by Carl Andress (The Divine Sister, The Tribute Artist). Performances begin at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street) on January 11, 2020, with opening night set for January 28, for a run through March 5, 2020. The Confession of Lily Dare is produced in association with Jamie deRoy.

Tickets for On That Day in Amsterdam and The Confession of Lily Dare start at $80, with additional premium seating options offered. All tickets are available at PrimaryStages.org or by calling OvationTix at 212-352-3101. Group tickets are available by contacting 212-840-9705 x204.

To celebrate the beginning of the 35th Anniversary Season, all tickets for the first two performances of On That Day in Amsterdam will be $35. In addition, Primary Stages will offer a $25 day-of online rush program for On That Day in Amsterdam and The Confession of Lily Dare, allowing anyone to purchase up to a pair of tickets beginning at 10am the morning of each performance.

Primary Stages also announced today that the Primary Stages 35th Anniversary Gala will take place on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 6:30 pm. The event, which will be held at Tribeca 360° (10 Desbrosses Street), will honor Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck (Downstairs, Bernhardt/Hamlet), and Tony Award-winning producers Jamie deRoy (The Ferryman, Little Women), Dasha Epstein (Ain’t Misbehavin’, Exits and Entrances), Susan Rose (The Band’s Visit, Sabina), and Cheryl Wiesenfeld (Ain’t Too Proud, In the Continuum).

The evening will feature performances and tributes by Charles Busch, Ann Harada, Kristine Nielsen, Will Roland, Julie White, and surprise guests.

The 2019 Honorary Committee includes Lynn Ahrens, Brooks Ashmanskas, Betty Buckley, Kerry Butler, Norbert Leo Butz, Adrienne Campbell-Holt, Will Chase, Rachel Chavkin, Tim Daly, Tyne Daly, Brandon Victor Dixon, Santino Fontana, Ann Harada, Robert Horn, Jayne Houdyshell, Anjelica Huston, Brian d'Arcy James, Cherry Jones, Janet McTeer, Bryce Pinkham, Richard Maltby, Jr., Kristine Nielsen, Chris Noth, Kelli O'Hara, John Procaccino, Sherie Rene Scott, Richard Thomas, Alex Timbers, Moritz von Stuelpnagel, John Weidman, and Julie White.

Tickets, starting at $750, and tables, starting at $10,000, can be purchased online at primarystages.org/gala or by calling 212.840.9705 x203. The Gala Benefit Committee includes Sue Breger (Co-Chair), Arlene L. Goldman (Co-Chair), Casey Childs, Jamie deRoy, Renee Landegger, and Carol Roaman.

The 35th Anniversary season will conclude with peerless by Jiehae Park (Hannah and the Dread Gazebo), directed by Margot Bordelon (Plot Points in Our Sexual Development). As part of the 35th Anniversary season, Primary Stages will offer an unprecedented expansion of their Free Student Matinee program and will present two weeks of Free Student Matinees for NYC Public school students during the production of peerless. Performance schedule, casting, and creative team for peerless will be announced at a later date.

Subscriptions are available at primarystages.org or by calling OvationTix at 212.352.3101.

ABOUT PRIMARY STAGES

Primary Stages is an Off-Broadway not-for-profit theater company dedicated to inspiring, supporting, and sharing the art of playwriting. We operate on the strongly held belief that the future of American theater relies on nurturing playwrights and giving them the artistic support needed to create new work. Since our founding in 1984, we have produced more than 130 new plays, including In Transit by James-Allen-Ford, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Russ Kaplan, and Sara Wordsworth (on Broadway last season); Horton Foote’s The Roads to Home, The Day Emily Married, Harrison, TX, and Dividing the Estate (two Tony nominations); Donald Margulies’ The Model Apartment (1995 premiere and 2013 revival); David Ives’ Lives of the Saints and All in the Timing (original 1993 production and 2013 revival); Billy Porter’s While I Yet Live; Deborah Zoe Laufer’s Informed Consent; Charles Busch’s The Tribute Artist and Olive and the Bitter Herbs; Ike Holter’s Exit Strategy; Tanya Saracho’s Fade; Michael McKeever’s Daniel’s Husband, A.R. Gurney’s Black Tie; Theresa Rebeck’s Poor Behavior; Tanya Barfield’s The Call, Terrence McNally’s Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams and The Stendhal Syndrome; Dan O’Brien’s The Body of an American; Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter’s In the Continuum (which went on to tour the U.S., Africa, and Scotland); and Conor McPherson’s St. Nicholas (which marked the playwright’s U.S. debut). Our productions and artists have received critical acclaim, including Tony, Obie, Lortel, AUDELCO, Outer Critics’ Circle, Drama League, and Drama Desk awards and nominations. Primary Stages supports playwrights and develops new works through commissions, workshops, readings, and our education and training programs: The Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, the Marvin and Anne Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA), the Fordham/Primary Stages MFA in Playwriting, and the newly launched Primary Stages Off-Broadway Oral History Project. Through these programs, Primary Stages advocates for our artists, helping them make important—and often transformative— connections within the theater community.

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ON THAT DAY IN AMSTERDAM BIOS

CLARENCE COO (Playwright) is a recipient of the 2017 Whiting Award and the 2012 Yale Drama Series Prize. His plays include Beautiful Province (Belle Province), The Birds of Empathy, Chapters of a Floating Life, The God of Wine, On That Day in Amsterdam, and People Sitting in Darkness. His work has been developed at New York Stage & Film, Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, JAW at Portland Center Stage, Fault Line Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Lark’s Playwrights’ Week, New York Theatre Workshop, Ma-Yi Theater, New Dramatists, Second Generation, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Mu Performing Arts, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Round House Theatre, East West Players, the Mark Taper Forum, the Young Playwrights Festival, and the Kennedy Center. His work has also been published by Yale University Press, Temple University Press, the New Press, and Samuel French. Honors include a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, an Arena Stage Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship, an NEA Access to Artistic Excellence Grant, a Kennedy Center commission, and a Larry Neal Writers’ Award. He received his MFA in Playwriting at Columbia University. He is a Ma-Yi Writers Lab member, a 2016-2017 Playwrights Realm Fellow, a 2015-2016 Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop Fellow at The Lark, a 2012-2013 Dramatists Guild Fellow, and an alumnus of New Dramatists. He is also the manager of academic administration of Columbia’s MFA Writing Program.

KAREEM FAHMY (Director) is a Canadian-born director and playwright of Egyptian descent. Previous collaborations with Clarence Coo include Chapters of a Floating Life, The God of Wine, and Beautiful Province. He has directed a number of world premiere productions, including James Scruggs’s 3/Fifths (3LD, New York Times Top 5 Must-See Shows), Sevan K. Greene’s This Time (Sheen Center, New York Times Critics’ Pick), Bess Welden’s Refuge*Malja (Portland Stage), Adam Kraar’s Alternating Currents (Working Theater), Nikkole Salter’s Indian Head (Luna Stage), and Victor Lesniewski’s Couriers and Contrabands (TBG Theatre, also co-creator). Kareem’s plays, which include A Distinct Society, The Triumphant, Pareidolia, The In-Between, and an adaptation of the acclaimed Egyptian novel The Yacoubian Building, have been developed or presented at The Atlantic Theater Company, Target Margin Theater, The Lark, Fault Line Theatre, and Noor Theatre. He has been a fellow or resident artist at the Sundance Theatre Lab, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Phil Killian Directing Fellow), Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center (National Directors Fellow), Second Stage (Van Lier Directing Fellow), Soho Rep (Writer/Director Lab), Lincoln Center (Directors Lab), The New Museum (Artist-in-Residence), and New York Theatre Workshop (Emerging Artist Fellow & Usual Suspect). He has developed new plays at theaters around the country, including MCC, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Dramatists, The Civilians, Geva Theatre, Pioneer Theatre, Silk Road Rising, and Berkeley Rep. Kareem is the co-founder of the Middle Eastern American Writers Lab at The Lark and a co-founder of Maia Directors, a consulting group for organizations and artists engaging with stories from the Middle East and beyond. MFA: Columbia University. www.KareemFahmy.com

TED SNOWDON (Co-Producer) has a passion for new drama and was the proud producer of Michael McKeever's play Daniel's Husband last fall at the Westside Theatre, which he had previously presented with Primary Stages in 2017 and with Penguin Rep in 2016. He collaborated also with Primary on earlier productions of A.R. Gurney's Black Tie, Terence McNally's The Stendhal Syndrome starring Richard Thomas and Isabella Rossellini, Jonathan Tolins's Secrets of the Trade, and The Tribute Artist by Charles Busch. With the Directors Company, he presented Allan Leicht's My Parsifal Conductor last year, directed by Robert Kalfin. His Off-Broadway commercial credits include two major Jon Tolins successes, Buyer & Cellar (starring Michael Urie) and The Last Sunday in June, along with Aaron Posner's stage version of My Name Is Asher Lev, Mike Bartlett's Cock, and David Cromer's staging of Wilder's Our Town. His 40 years of Broadway credits extend from 1979's Tony Award-winning The Elephant Man, by Bernard Pomerance, up to Robert Schenkkan's LBJ sequel The Great Society, this fall at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. In between he has been a producing partner on Edward Albee's Three Tall Women starring Glenda Jackson, Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning Sweat, McNally's Master Class starring Tyne Daly (also in London), Katori Hall's The Mountaintop, Neil LaBute's Reasons To Be Pretty, Donald Margulies's Time Stands Still with Laura Linney, David Mamet's November starring Nathan Lane, Douglas Carter Bean's The Little Dog Laughed starring Julie White, Stephen Temperly's Souvenir starring Judy Kaye, and The Twilight of the Golds by Jon Tolins; along with the musicals Spring Awakening, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, The Visit starring Chita Rivera, and LoveMusik, directed by the late Hal Prince. He is on the board of the Glimmerglass Festival and is a broad supporter of the arts in general, spoken word and music and theater in particular.
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