Westport Country Playhouse has announced that the new play, “Harbor,” which had its world premiere at the Playhouse last summer, will have its New York premiere at Primary Stages, running from July through September 2013.
Written by two-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (“The Wedding Singer”), the play will be directed by Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director, who also helmed the Playhouse production.
“Chad Beguelin’s ‘Harbor’ was a wonderful success in its world premiere at the Playhouse,” said Lamos. “Audiences not only fell in love with the characters, they identified with their dilemmas and felt the heartache that comes from the human necessity, at whatever cost, to seek and find harbor. With a mate, a soul, a life choice.”
The original designers will be attached to the New York production: Andrew Jackness, scenic design; Candice Donnelly, costume design; Japhy Weideman, lighting design; and John Gromada, sound design.
“Harbor” centers on Ted and Kevin, who have been together for 10 years in their picture perfect Sag Harbor home. When Kevin’s ne’er-do-well sister Donna, whom he hasn’t seen in years, and her 15-year-old daughter arrive out of the blue, the pair’s life changes and tensions quickly bubble to the surface. The bonds between kith and kin are tested in this alternately biting, touching and hilarious new comedy about the constantly shifting nature of the meaning of family.
“Harbor” was named “The Best New Play of 2012” by BroadwayWorld.com.
In its over 80-year history, Westport Country Playhouse has nearly 40 world premiere productions that have moved to New York stages, most recently “Our Town” and “Thurgood,” and in the past, “Come Back, Little Sheba” and “Butterflies Are Free.”