Steve Martin Returning To Long Wharf With New Play 'Meteor Shower'

Steve Martin's stage presence continues to heat up: He will be back at Long Wharf next year with a new play

Steve Martin will be back at New Haven's Long Wharf Theatre, this time with a world premiere play, described as "an off-beat and absurdist look at the comic anxiety lurking just beneath the surface of modern marriage."

"Meteor Shower," a co-production with The Old Globe theater in San Diego, will open Long Wharf's 2016-17 season, running Sept. 21 to Oct. 16.

The theater's artistic director Gordon Edelstein will stage the new work. Edelstein previously directed productions of Martin's "The Underpants" at the theater and then at Hartford Stage and "Picasso at Lapin Agile," solely at Long Wharf.

The new play centers on Norm and his wife Corky who invite another couple to their Ojai, Calif., 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," reads the theater's description of the comedy.

"Meteor Show" will first play San Diego July 30 to Sept. 4 before heading to New Haven.

Martin appears to be returning to the stage in a big way. 'Picasso" was produced off-Broadway in 1995 and "The Underpants" in 2002.

Next year will not only feature his first new stage comedy in 14 years, but a new musical: "Bright Star" will open on Broadway in March after a run at the Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. beginning in December. It previously had a run at The Old Globe in 2014. The show has a a bluegrass-inflected score by Martin and musical writing partner Edie Brickell.

Martin was featured at a special Long Wharf Theatre event in September, where he was "in conversation" with New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik — and played a number on his banjo.

Martin will also appear with friend and fellow comedian Martin Short at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Billed as "A Very Stupid Conversation" the show will also feature film clips and a performance with the band the Steep Canton Rangers.

Martin's new album called "So Familiar," comes out Oct. 30. He will also appear in the film adaptation of the critically acclaimed novel "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" to be released next year.

The rest of Long Wharf's '16-17 season is expected to be announced in the spring. Information: longwharf.org and 203-787-4282.

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