Theater: Once Outposts, Now Landmarks

Regional houses are where the new plays are being nurtured

Where does an established playwright take new work to see it brought to life? Once the automatic answer was New York City, on Broadway or off. Now, for Pulitzer prizewinner Beth Henley, the starting place is Costa Mesa, Calif. For Emmy winner Luis Santeiro, it is Miami. For three-time Tony nominee Graciela Daniele, it is Philadelphia. And for Donald Freed, whose Circe and Bravo was a London success, it is Denver. Three of the Broadway season's major plays -- Eastern Standard, The Heidi Chronicles and Largely New York -- originated in Seattle, while Neil Simon's Rumors and A.R. Gurney's off-Broadway smash...

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