Since his first play, Fuddy Meers, appeared at the Manhattan Theatre Club, David Lindsay-Abaire ’88 has secured three movie deals and a TV contract. This fall, David returns to the Manhattan Theatre Club with Wonder of the World.
Critics have called Wonder of the World outrageously funny. David’s plays have relied upon fast-paced wit, and humor with both an absurd edge and a dark underside. The heroine in Wonder of the World embarks on a journey of self discovery in Niagara Falls that includes crossing paths with a suicidal alcoholic, dating a salty sea captain and getting involved in a strange caper involving a jar of peanut butter. The play is directed by Christopher Ashley, and features Sarah Jessica Parker, Marylouise Burke, Kevin Chamberlin, Kristin Nielsen, Bill Raymond, Amy Sedaris and Alan Tudyk.
This will be Sarah Jessica Parker’s first time onstage since she played a dog in A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia in 1995. After seeing Fuddy Meers several times and buying part of the movie rights, Sarah Jessica decided to use part of her hiatus from her HBO series, Sex and the City to return to the stage in Wonder of the World.
Wonder of the World premiered last season at Washington DC’s Wooly Mammoth Theatre Company, and was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award as Outstanding New Play.
David’s other plays include A Devil Inside, Dotting & Dashing, A Show of Hands, and The Kitchen Sink Drama, among others. His work has been produced in various theaters in New York and around the country. He’s received awards from the Berilla Kerr Foundation, the Lincoln Center LeComte du Nuoy Fund, the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, and the South Carolina Playwrights Festival.
David recently signed a two-picture contract with Miramax Films, is currently developing a television show with Conan O’Brien’s production company Conaco, and is finishing his screen adaptation of Fuddy Meers. Wonder of the World will open at the Manhattan Theatre Club on November 1, 2001.