As previously reported, Leigh Silverman (Well) will direct the stage adaptation of Ann Bannon's 1950's and 60's lesbian pulp novels, which will begin performances Feb. 19 and open March 5 at the Off-Broadway venue. The new run is currently scheduled through April 27.
Colella (Urban Cowboy, High Fidelity) — who will star in the title role — joins original cast members Marin Ireland (The Ruby Sunrise) and David Greenspan (Some Men) as well as Carolyn Baeumler (Trouble in Paradise), Autumn Dornfeld (The Graduate) and Bill Dawes (Gross Indecency).
Following an extended run at The Fourth Street Theatre, producer Harriet Newman Leve (Coram Boy, The Lieutenant of Inishmore and The 39 Steps) plans to present the show at the new Off-Broadway space with Elyse Singer and Jamie deRoy as co-producers. (Singer is artistic director of the Hourglass Group, who produced the previous run.)
Penned by Ryan (25 Questions for a Jewish Mother) and Chapman (Gertrude and Alice: A Likeness to Loving), the pre-Stonewall Greenwich Village-set work "follows the lives and loves of Laura, Beth and Beebo as they navigate uncharted territories of desire," according to an announcement. Former secret lovers in college, Laura and Beth went on to completely disparate lives — one got married and had children, the other moved to New York. "Both pine for each other, but before they can reunite, they find themselves entangled in the web of Beebo Brinker, a butch denizen of the bars with a soft spot for young lesbians fresh off the bus."
The design team features Rachel Hauck (set), Theresa Squire (costumes), Nicole Pearce (lights) and Jill BC DuBoff (sound). Tickets to The Beebo Brinker Chronicles at 37 Arts, 450 West 37th Street (between Ninth and Tenth Ave.), are available by calling (212) 307-4100 or online at beebobrinker.com.