NEW HAVEN – Long Wharf Theatre will present the world premiere of iconic writer and performer Steve Martin’s newest play, Meteor Shower, directed by Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein, in a co- production with the Old Globe in San Diego, California.
Meteor Shower will take place in San Diego July 30 through September 4, 2016 and will begin Long Wharf Theatre’s 2016-17 season, running from September 21 through October 16, 2016.
Get ready for the unexpected when Norm and his wife Corky invite another couple to their Ojai backyard to watch a meteor shower in the night sky. As the stars come out and the conversation gets rolling, cocktails flow, tempers flare, and sparks fly—literally. Steve Martin’s surprising new comedy takes an offbeat and absurdist look at the comic anxiety lurking just beneath the surface of modern marriage.
“Steve Martin is one of the great and most influential comic minds of the last 40 years. After the tremendous success of our productions of Picasso at the Lapin Agile and The Underpants we were so pleased that Steve Martin offered us, along with the Old Globe as our partners, his new play. This is a huge event and we are delighted beyond words,” said Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein.
Over the past several seasons, Martin has become a friend to Long Wharf Theatre. His plays The Underpants and Picasso at the Lapin Agile, both directed by Edelstein, were audience favorites. His conversation with New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik, punctuated by his own banjo performance, took place in front of a sold-out house.
Martin has recently worked closely with singer-songwriter Edie Brickell on a pair of projects – the world premiere of the musical Bright Star (which took place at the Old Globe and will play a limited engagement at the Kennedy Center starting December 2, prior to a just-announced Broadway run beginning performances March 7, (at a Shubert Organization theater to be named.), and a new album called “So Familiar,” coming out October 30. He will also appear in the film adaptation of the critically acclaimed novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, coming out in 2016.
Long Wharf Theatre will announce the rest of its 2015-16 season in Spring 2016.