Federer Versus Murray, With Gerda Stevenson and Dave Anderson, Opens Off-Broadway April 10

News   Federer Versus Murray, With Gerda Stevenson and Dave Anderson, Opens Off-Broadway April 10
Gerda Stevenson's Federer Versus Murray opens in its U.S. debut April 10 as part of Scotland Week at 59E59 Theaters.

Stevenson appears as Flo and Dave Anderson portrays Jimmy in the play that first premiered in Glasgow in 2010. Scottish musician Ben Bryden is the featured saxophonist in Federer Versus Murray.

Stevenson also directs the production that will run through April 22. Performances began April 4.

Here's how the play is billed: "Using a Wimbledon battle as a metaphor for marital tension, Stevenson portrays a couple that on the surface squabbles over his post-redundancy lifestyle and her long hours working a hospital nightshift, but whose real source of unhappiness is the death of their son. Lots of gritty, meaty lines are batted back and forth across the net by Flo (Stevenson) and Jimmy (Anderson), showing acute human insight and a couple in crisis: they are coping, or rather, not coping, with their deep personal loss. On top of this, Jimmy's post-redundancy presence at home all day watching tennis on TV, has turned him into a Wimbledon groupie. This new territory for both husband and wife is turning the house into a metaphorical war zone."

Federer Versus Murray is presented by Communicado Theatre Company.

Scotland Week launched with David Harrower's A Slow Air on April 4; it officially opens April 12. Tickets are available by phoning (212) 279-4200 or online at www.59e59.org.

Gerda Stevenson and Dave Anderson
Gerda Stevenson and Dave Anderson Photo by Communicado Theatre Company
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