The New Century is a funny and outrageous comedy, but it doesn’t stop there. Mr. Rudnick is in a provocative mood, and the resulting work, set in New York City in the present day, raises questions not easily answered. Comprised of four short plays, The New Century is an original new work that culminates in an unlikely meeting between Helene, the self-proclaimed “most loving mother of all time” to her three gay children; the flamboyant Mr. Charles, incognito in New York City after being banned for being “too gay;” Shane, Mr. Charles partner; and Barbara Ellen, a Midwesterner on a visit to New York after her son’s death.
After Years on the Road, New Dreams in New York (New York Times)
Though Jayne Houdyshell may not have obsessed about Hollywood and Broadway musicals when she was young, she now has a foot in each of those worlds.
Gay Today (New York Times)
Paul Rudnick talks about what inspired him to write the play The New Century.
Paul Rudnick talks about the evolution of gay theater (mp3) (New York Times)
Paul Rudnick talks about the evolution of gay theater, growing up in New Jersey and what it means to be funny.
Peter Bartlett, Mike Doyle, Jayne Houdyshell, Linda Lavin, Christy Pusz
Author: Plays by Paul Rudnick
Director: Nicholas Martin
Producer: Lincoln Center Theater
Press Agent: Philip Rinaldi Publicity
Nominated for 1 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award
Nominated for 1 2008 Drama Desk Award
- Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play - Jayne Houdyshell
- Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play - Linda Lavin - Winner