Primary Stages is a resident theater company at 59E59 Theaters—producing four theatrical productions annually.
Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director
Shane D. Hudson, Executive Director
A darkly comedic twist on Shakespeare’s Macbeth set in the cutthroat world of elite college admissions, Jiehae Park’s clever and incisive adaptation, peerless, is a comedy...until it’s not. This new version of the classic story centers on M and L, twin Asian-American siblings who have given up everything to get into The College. When another classmate (who happens to be one-sixteenth Native American) claims what they feel is rightfully “their spot,” the twins find themselves with only one option: murder. Jiehae Park is a 2019/20 Tow Playwright-in-Residence at Primary Stages.
In Karen Hartman’s profound drama, Roz and Ray, it’s a new dawn for single father Ray Leon and his hemophiliac sons when Dr. Roz Kagan’s medical miracle offers them a chance at a normal life. But miracles aren’t always what they appear to be, and working on the cutting edge of biomedicine means moral ambiguity and impossible choices. During a devastating chapter of medical and queer history, Roz and Ray exposes the line between personal and professional as Dr. Roz wrestles with whether to follow her intuition and fight for what is right.
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.