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Geffen Playhouse season to include ‘Constellations,’ ‘Barbecue’

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The Geffen Playhouse in Westwood.

(Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times)

“Constellations,” the drama by Nick Payne that’s had successful runs in London and New York, and “Barbecue,” a two-family comedy from Robert O’Hara, will be part of the Geffen Playhouse’s upcoming season, which begins in September.

The 2016-17 slate, which will be announced this week, will also include a revival of Donald Margulies’ “The Model Apartment” as well as the world premiere of a play by Alena Smith titled “Icebergs.”

The season will begin with “Barbecue” (Sept. 6 to Oct. 16), which was seen last year at the Public Theater in New York. O’Hara’s comedy follows two families -- one white, one black -- as they bicker and brawl amongst themselves at separate gatherings in a public park.

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Margulies’ “The Model Apartment” (Oct. 11 to Nov. 20) debuted in 1995 and tells the story of a retired couple living in a condo. The revival will be directed by Evan Cabnet, who directed the play in an acclaimed Primary Stages production in New York in 2013.

The playwright has been a frequent presence at the Geffen over the years, with plays including “The Country House” in 2014 and “Time Stands Still” in 2009.

“Icebergs” (Nov. 8 to Dec. 18) takes place in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, following four friends negotiating professional and personal challenges. Smith has served as a writer for HBO’s “The Newsroom” and Showtime’s “The Affair.”

Payne’s “Constellations” (June 6, 2017 to July 16, 2017) will close out the season. The elusive story involves a man and a woman, bound together by advanced physics. A 2012  London production starred Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall, while last year’s Broadway run featured Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson.

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No casting has been announced for the Geffen’s production.

The season will also include Benjamin Scheuer’s solo show “The Lion” (Jan. 4 to Feb. 19) and Matthew Lopez’s “The Legend of Georgia McBride” (April 4, 2017, to May 14, 2017). Two additional productions will be announced later, the Geffen said.

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