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Lincoln Center Announces Season

Lincoln Center Theater's 1996-97 season will feature four new plays by notable playwrights, and two other productions riddled with big names. The six shows will be spread among three venues.

Due to extensive renovations at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, the Cort Theatre will be a home to two Lincoln Center productions, beginning with "Sex and Longing," a new play by Christopher Durang. It will open in October, with previews starting Sept. 12. Sigourney Weaver will star in the first full-length Durang play since 1987's "Laughing Wild."

In the spring of 1997, Wendy Wasserstein's "An American Daughter" will premiere at the Cort, directed by Daniel Sullivan.

The Vivian Beaumont Theater will reopen with "Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass," directed and co-designed by Julie Taymor. The piece was originally produced in 1988 with the Music Theatre Group, who will co-produce this production. Previews begin Oct. 31, for an opening night on Nov. 24.

Beginning Nov. 3 and running concurrently with "Juan Darien" on Sunday and Monday evenings will be "It's a Slippery Slope," Spalding Gray's new monologue.

Lillian Hellman's "The Little Foxes" will come to the Beaumont in the spring of 1997, with Jack O'Brien at the helm and Stockard Channing in the spotlight.

The Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, which will be undergoing renovations for most of the season, will reopen in early 1997 with "God's Heart," a new play by Craig Lucas, directed by Joe

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