Executive Director Mary Ann McCurdy has confirmed that Neil Simon's *Laughter on the 23rd Floor* (April 27-May 20; last produced at Interplayers in spring '96) and the stage version of John Steinbeck's *Of Mice and Men* (June 1-24) will follow the previously announced *Stepping Out* (March 9-April 1) as the rest of the Howard Street theater's season.
Asked about Troy Nickerson's involvement as director of *Stepping Out* and the eventuality of Wes Dietrick's directing *Laughter,* McCurdy responded by saying that "exact titles have yet to be worked out, but I'm sure they will be involved in some way" — which _seems_ to be a cryptic reference to the future of artistic leadership at Interplayers.
McCurdy would "neither confirm nor deny" that a member or members of the Interplayers board has/have purchased the theater's building so as to lease it back to the theater at a favorable rate, but says that "a blockbuster announcement" will follow in "about two months" as to Interplayers' financial situation.
Is Interplayers planning on hiring an artistic director? "We'll see," says McCurdy. "Even if no hire is made for that position, I can only say that we are relying on the expertise of several exceptionally talented local people, and we'll see how that unfolds. Our goal is to make that hire eventually rather than much later."
Originally, the final three slots in the Interplayers season were to be filled by an edgy Beth Henley comedy, a Nike Imoru/Eckart Preu collaboration and a Shakespearean tragedy. The highbrow stuff has fallen off its pedestal.