Gender-Bent She Stoops to Comedy Opens at Playwrights Horizons April 13

News   Gender-Bent She Stoops to Comedy Opens at Playwrights Horizons April 13 Playwright-director-actor David Greenspan's new play, She Stoops to Comedy, a romp aimed at people who adore theatre and theatricality, opens April 13 at Off Broadway's Playwrights Horizons.
David Greenspan in She Stoops to Comedy.
David Greenspan in She Stoops to Comedy. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Previews for the gender-bending play began April 3 at the Peter Sharp Studio Theater at the new Playwrights complex on 42nd Street. The play is the space's inaugural full staging, the first of this season's Studio Series. Performances play to April 27. The company actor Greenspan keeps on stage includes Mia Barron, Marissa Copeland, E. Katherine Kerr, T. Ryder Smith and Philip Tabor.

The play is billed as "a farcical gender-bending boulevard romp...a play-within-a-play about an actress (Greenspan) who schemes to woo back her estranged lover (Copeland) by playing Orlando opposite her lover's Rosalind in a summer-stock production of As You Like It."

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The production has scenic design by Michael Brown, costume design by Miranda Hoffman and lighting design by Matt Frey. Production stage manager is Beth Stiegel Rohr.

As an actor, Greenspan stood by for Harvey Fierstein in Hairspray. Greenspan's plays include Jack, Principia, The Home Show Pieces, 2 Samuel 11 Etc., Dead Mother or Shirley Not All In Vain, Dog in a Dancing School, Son of an Engineer and The Myopia, an epic burlesque of tragic proportion. His works has been produced at The Public Theater and at London's Royal Court, the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow and Stukke Theater in Berlin. In residence at The Public, he directed Congreve's The Way of the World, Chikamatsu's Gonza the Lancer and Kathleen Tolan's Kate's Diary (also at Playwrights Horizons). His performing credits include The Wax at Playwrights Horizons, and Saved.

Tickets for She Stoops to Comedy are $30. Student rush tickets are available for $10 (cash only, day of performance). PH is located at 416 W. 42nd Street. For ticket information, call (212) 279-4200 or visit www.playwrightshorizons.org.

(L-R) T. Ryder Smith, E. Katherine Kerr, Marissa Copeland, and David Greenspan in <i>She Stoops to Comedy</i>.
(L-R) T. Ryder Smith, E. Katherine Kerr, Marissa Copeland, and David Greenspan in She Stoops to Comedy. (Photo by Joan Marcus)