From Puppet to Playwright: Oates Drama Bad Girls Staged Off Broadway, Nov. 7-25

News   From Puppet to Playwright: Oates Drama Bad Girls Staged Off Broadway, Nov. 7-25 Novelist Joyce Carol Oates last graced the Off-Broadway as a character played by a sock puppet with frizzy black hair and large glasses, in the recently concluded Playwrights Horizons play Recent Tragic Events. Now the real Oates returns in her infrequent guise as dramatist, as The Directors Company produces her Bad Girls, Nov. 7-25.
Joyce Carol Oates.
Joyce Carol Oates. Photo by Mary Cross

The prolific Oates is well known for her countless novels. Still, there was a time in the 1970s, when her plays were regularly produced by such groups at American Place Theatre and Circle Rep. Bad Girls is about a divorced single mother and her three daughters who will do anything to keep mom to themselves, including meddling in her romantic affairs. The production is directed by Susan Tubert, who is perhaps still best remembered as the first of four directors who worked on Paul Simon's ill fated musical The Capeman.

The cast includes Deborah LaCoy, Merritt Wever, Anastasia Webb, David Sims Bishins and Sarah Hyland.

Performances are at The Directors Company, 311 W 43rd Street in Manhattan. Tickets are $15. Call (212) 868-4444.