Greg Pierce’s new play, Slowgirl begins performances today, June 4. The two-person play stars Emmy winner and Sarah Steele and Zeljko Ivanek. This is the world premiere production and officially opens Lincoln Centers new Claire Tow Theater, home to its programming initiative LCT3. LCT3 was established in 2008 as a way to produce the work of new artists as well as develop new audiences. Since then, LCT3 has presented nine productions at The Duke on 42nd Street. All tickets to LCT3 productions are $20.
Slowgirl, which will be directed by Anne Kauffman, is the story of a young woman who flees to her secluded uncle’s retreat in the Costa Rican jungle. The week the two spend together forces them to confront who they are as well as what it is they are running from. The production begins preview performances June 4 and runs through July 15. Opening night will be held Monday, June 18.
The Claire Tow Theater is named after the wife of long-time LCT Board of Directors member Leonard Tow. It will be the third stage at Lincoln Center, joining the Vivian Beaumont and Mitzi E. Newhouse Theaters. Claire Tow will be the centerpiece of a 23,000 square foot rooftop complex, designed by architect Hugh Hardy. In addition to the 131-seat theater, the two-story structure, which is being built at a cost of $41 million, will also house rehearsal and office space and feature an outdoor terrace overlooking the Lincoln Center Plaza, which will be surrounded by a new green roof.
Playwright Greg Pierce’s first professional production was an adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which he co-authored. It was presented at last year’s Edinburgh International Festival. Mr, Pierce is currently collaborating with composer John Kander, writing the book and lyrics for a new musicalThe Landing. Slowgirl will mark his New York debut.