Natural Affection and Beyond Therapy Will Be Revived in New York for First Time by TACT
By Carey Purcell
The Actors Company Theatre (TACT) will feature William Inge's Natural Affection and Tony Award winner Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy in its 2013-14 season.
These productions, which will be performed Off-Broadway at The Beckett Theatre, will mark the first time either show has been seen in New York since their original productions.
Natural Affection will begin performances Sept. 17 prior to an official opening Sept. 26. Performances will continue through Oct. 26.
Natural Affection is billed as such: "William Inge's long-lost urban drama that centers on a single mother reuniting with her fresh-from-reform-school teenage son and the tension it causes with the new man in her life. This controversial domestic drama, one of this Pulitzer-Prize-winning playwright's later works, caused an uproar during its brief Broadway run in 1963 with its incestuous overtones, latent homosexuality and brutal machismo backlash against feminism."
Beyond Therapy will begin March 11, 2014. Opening night is March 20 and performances will continue through April 19.
Beyond Therapy is one of Durang's earlier works and explores how a terrible first date provides two New Yorkers with a variety of topics for their therapists — who happen to be a bit unstable as well.
"We're looking forward to presenting these diverse works, by two of the theatre's most distinct and important voices," Cynthia Harris, TACT co-artistic director, said in a statement. "Uniting an early play by the modern master of the outrageous and absurd with a later, obscure work from one of the theatre's most sensitive writers is exactly what TACT strives to do — reassess great, under-produced plays that are ripe for rediscovery."
TACT is "dedicated to presenting neglected or rarely produced plays of literary merit."
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