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Playwrights Horizons Announces New Season

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A musical by the celebrated writer, composer and lyricist Michael Friedman will be featured at Playwrights Horizons’s 2019-20 Season, the company announced on Tuesday.

“Unknown Soldier,” written by Daniel Goldstein and Mr. Friedman, who died in September 2017 at age 41, will make its New York premiere in February 2020 at Playwrights Horizons’s Mainstage theater. This will be the musical’s first performance since its run at the Williamstown Theater Festival in 2015.

It follows one woman’s quest to uncover the web of secrets buried in her family’s past. A magazine clipping from 1915 becomes a window into her family lore, helping her unravel her family’s fragile history — and grapple with her present. “Unknown Soldier” is a collaborative production: Mr. Goldstein wrote the book, Mr. Friedman wrote the score, they shared the lyrics and Trip Cullman will direct.

The season, which will open in August 2019 and run through July 2020, will also include the world premiere of “A Boy’s Company Presents: ‘Tell Me If I’m Hurting You,’” written by the playwright and actor Jeremy O. Harris. The work is billed as a revenge fantasy that centers on the relationship between two young men.

Lucas Hnath’s “The Thin Place,” with Les Waters directing, will also be featured. Mr. Hnath is currently represented on Broadway with “Hillary and Clinton.”

Also rounding out the season are Jaclyn Backhaus’s new comedy “Wives,” a Playwrights Horizons commission, with Margot Bordelon directing; Will Arbery’s “Heroes of the Fourth Turning,” directed by Danya Taymor; and Sylvia Khoury’s thriller “Selling Kabul,” directed by Tyne Rafaeli and produced in association with Williamstown Theater Festival.

For more information, visit playwrightshorizons.org.


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