Horton Foote play replaces Albee one

NEW YORK — Albee is out at the Signature. Foote is in.

The Signature Theatre said it is replacing the much-anticipated world premiere of Edward Albee’s new play “Laying an Egg” with one by Horton Foote.

Michael Wilson, who directed the current Broadway revival of Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful” with Cicely Tyson, will helm Foote’s play “The Old Friends.” It will star Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote and Lois Smith.

Performances of “The Old Friends” will begin Aug. 20 with a Sept. 12 opening planned.

This is the second time in two years that Signature has had to postpone Albee’s “Laying an Egg.” In a statement, the company said of the work: “Signature remains committed to premiering in a future season.”

Stoppard, Margulies plays Broadway-bound

NEW YORK — Two celebrated stage works about marriages in crisis by Tom Stoppard and Donald Margulies are heading to Broadway.

The Roundabout Theatre Company said that Margulies’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Dinner With Friends” will be part of its 2013-14 theatrical season, as will a revival of Tom Stoppard’s Tony-winning play “The Real Thing.”

Margulies’ play is an unsettling drama about how the breakup of one couple affects another.

Stoppard’s play, which debuted on Broadway in 1983 and was revived in 2000, examines how art imitates life. Casting, dates and theaters will be announced later.

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U.S. writer A.M. Homes winner of fiction prize

LONDON — American novelist A.M. Homes has won this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction with her sixth novel, “May We Be Forgiven.”

Homes beat bookmakers’ favorite Hilary Mantel and three other finalists to win the $45,000 prize, awarded at a ceremony in London’s Royal Festival Hall.

Previously known as the Orange Prize, it is one of Britain’s most prestigious literary awards.

Actress Miranda Richardson, who chaired a panel of judges, praised Homes’ novel, a story about two brothers, as a “dazzling, original, viscerally funny black comedy” and a “subversion of the American dream.”

It defeated Mantel’s Tudor saga “Bring Up the Bodies”; Barbara Kingsolver’s “Flight Behavior”; Zadie Smith’s “NW”; and Marie Semple’s “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?”

WWII historian takes on the Revolution

NEW YORK — An award-winning and best-selling World War II historian is turning to an older conflict for his next project: the American Revolution.

Henry Holt and Company announced that Rick Atkinson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and reporter, plans a trilogy covering the years 1775-81.

Atkinson recently completed an acclaimed trilogy of World War II books with “The Guns at Light.” He won a Pulitzer for the first volume, “An Army at Dawn,” published in 2002.

The 60-year-old Atkinson is a former Washington Post reporter and editor.

Associated Press