DIVA DREAMS AT NY'S MIRANDA A Bourbon Street honky-tonk is the colorful setting for When A Diva Dreams, a comedy/drama by Gary Garrison opening Oct. 11 at New York's Miranda Theatre on West 30th Street.
Five women disappointe ƒe and careers regularly gather at their favorite bar to commiserate. The ladies share their stories and support each other, especially when they learn their watering hole is on the verge of closing down.
Michael Walling directs the play, which stars Kate Fitzgerald, Laura Patrick, Blythe Baten, Leslie Beatty, Gisele Richardson, Sheyvonne Wright and David Buffam.
Gary Garrison is the Associate Chair of this writer's alma mater, the Dramatic Writing program at New York University's Tisch School Of The Arts. He's in charge of many of the program's creative aspects -- a major undertaking, considering DWP now has over 250 graduate and undergraduate students.
"When A Diva Dreams is my first new play in a long time," Garrison told Playbill On-Line. "I stopped writing for a couple of years. It happens to playwrights; I lost my joy at working in the theatre." The author did have an evening of three one-acts, Empty Rooms, staged at the Miranda in April 1996. Garrison happily noted that writing the play -- a three-year process -- helped him find his joy again. "We had readings at Alice's Fourth Floor, Miranda, and also at NYU. It was a long journey, and I'm very proud of the play. When A Diva Dreams will also have a production at MetroStage in Alexandria, Virginia, May-June 1997. For tickets and information about the Miranda staging, call (212) 614-3026.
-- By David Lefkowitz