Foglia Directs Carter and Holbrook in Southern Comforts in Florida; NYC Run Expected

News   Foglia Directs Carter and Holbrook in Southern Comforts in Florida; NYC Run Expected Dixie Carter and Hal Holbrook, collaborators on stage and off, are in rehearsals for Kathleen Clark's two-character play, Southern Comforts, to begin Feb. 7 at Miami's Coconut Grove Playhouse.
Dixie Carter and Hal Holbrook.
Dixie Carter and Hal Holbrook.

Leonard Foglia, who directed Carter in Broadway's Master Class, stages the new play, which runs in Miami to Feb. 26 followed by a visit to Fort Lauderdale's Parker Playhouse (March 1-5). "A made-to-order opportunity for the married-to-each-other Holbrook and Carter to work together, each will have the opportunity to shine in Clark's account of two widowers who meet in a small New Jersey town and through discovery and conflict find a way to each other's hearts," according to Coconut Grove.

Opening night is Feb. 10.

Playwright Kathleen Clark has twice been selected to have her plays presented at the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference. Judith Ivey directed her play, Soccer Moms in New York City.

Director Foglia staged the 2005 Tony Award-nominated On Golden Pond and the recent The Subject Was Roses at the Kennedy Center.

Southern Comforts is expected to have an Off-Broadway run in fall 2006 by a not-for-profit company, according to Coconut Grove.

Holbrook, widely known for his Tony Award-winning turn in Mark Twain Tonight, which he devised, appeared Coconut Grove Playhouse production of Death of a Salesman.

Carter is known for playing strong and opionated Julia Sugarbaker on TV's "Designing Women." She recently starred in Washington, D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre's Lady Windermere's Fan. She was Maria Callas in Broadway's Master Class and stepped into Thoroughly Modern Millie.

The creative team includes Thomas Lynch (sets), Jane Greenwood (costumes), Brian D. Nason (lighting), Steve Shapiro (sound). Original music is by Paul Schwartz.

Coconut Grove Playhouse is at 3500 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, FL. For more information, visit www.cgplayhouse.org or www.Parker Playhouse.com.

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