Florida Stage is now presenting the world premiere of Jessica Goldberg's Ward 57, a thought-provoking play about wounded Iraq War soldiers and making sense of their sacrifice. But premieres are nothing new at the Manalapan company, which has made the nurturing of new work its mission for the past 21 years.
Florida Stage's next season begins Oct. 22-Nov. 30 with the world premiere of Willliam Mastrosimone's Dirty Business. The play, which generated much buzz when it was read at the company's second 1st Stage New Works Festival a few weeks ago, is based on the true story of a party girl caught between a Mafia boss and an American president.
Next is the southeastern prmiere of Michele Lowe's Mezzulah, 1946. The play about an aircraft plant worker who refuses to give up her job to a returning warrior runs Dec. 10-Jan. 19. Cagney!, a musical tribute to actor-hoofer-tough guy Jimmy Cagney, follows Jan. 28-March 8, with Robert Creighton starring as Cagney.
Another play from this year's New Works Festival, Catherine Trieshmann's The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock, has its world premiere March 25-May 3, 2009. That one is about romance and revenge in the period right after the Civil War. Steven Dietz's Yankee Tavern, a thriller set after 9/11 (and a script read during the company's first New Works Festival), winds up the regular season from May 13 to June 21.
But...the company will also do another 1st Stage New Works Festival, a summer musical and its annual Young Playwrights and Monologue Festival. For subscription information, go to the web site or call 1-800-514-3837.