Bruce Norris’ ‘The Qualms’ Pam MacKinnon At Helm, Rounds Out Playwrights Horizons Season

Bruce Norris, whose Clybourne Park won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, returns to Playwrights Horizons next spring with The Qualms, which opens Sunday (July 13) at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company. The New York edition will begin previews May 22, 2015 at the off-Broadway nonprofit. Director of both is the very busy Pam MacKinnon, also on board with the upcoming all-star Broadway revival of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance marqueed by Glenn Close, John Lithgow and Lindsay Duncan.

Steppenwolf describes the play this way: “At a beachside apartment complex, a group of friends gathers for their regular evening of food, drink, drugs and partner-swapping. When Chris and Kristy attempt to become the newest members, the evening does not go as planned. The artichoke dip grows cold as the party devolves into a territorial battle over mating privileges. Does sex ruin everything? And what is the purpose of monogamy? Bruce Norris’s comedy explores the eternal struggle for power, status and getting laid.”

The 67th Annual Tony Awards - Press RoomMacKinnon has fast become one of Broadway’s go-to directors while also being a Steppenwolf mainstay: her extraordinary revival of Albee’s Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? was a Broadway transfer from the Chicago company, where she also staged Clybourne Park (which had its debut at Playwrights).

The Playwrights production of The Qualms is not a co-production with Steppenwolf, per a a company spokesman, and casting, along with the rest of the creative team, will be announced at a late date.

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