Just a few days past a year since David Auburn's "Lost Lake" opened in New York City, the former Columbus resident's work will begin a two-weekend run on the Garden Theater stage, presented by Wild Women Writing and the Short North Stage.

Just a few days past a year since David Auburn's "Lost Lake" opened in New York City, the former Columbus resident's work will begin a two-weekend run on the Garden Theater stage, presented by Wild Women Writing and the Short North Stage.

This will mark just the third production of "Lost Lake," the latest work by the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning Auburn (both awards for 2001's "Proof").

"It's the most exciting and scary thing about being a playwright," Auburn said of each new staging of a piece. "But having other artists bring their talents to it allows interesting things to happen.

"That's the thrill of working in the theater, and it wouldn't be as interesting if that collaboration was not part of the process."

"Lost Lake" concerns two people in crisis, as a single, African-American mother seeks to rent a remote cabin on a lake in the Adirondack Mountains from a middle-aged man more than knee deep in his own set of issues.

"I was pretty sure from the beginning that this was a two-character play," Auburn said. "I was thinking, here are these two people with nothing in common, let's see what happens when they're put in a room together."

The local cast features Chiquita Mullins Lee and James Hughes. Katherine Burkman directs.

"It's about a woman who gets dragged kicking and screaming into someone else's problems," Auburn said. "She's trying to escape her own, and she gets tangled with a guy with whom she has nothing in common and for whom she has no sympathy.

"It asks 'What is one's responsibility to another person?' and 'What does it mean to seek help, to offer help?'"

Auburn will present a post-show "talkback" following the Nov. 13 presentation. Burkman and Auburn will also present an interview titled "Working in Theatre" at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Ave.

Garden Theater

Thursdays through Sundays, Nov. 12-15 and Nov. 19-22

1187 N. HighSt., Short North

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