Gilbert Minus Sullivan: Farce Engaged Opens Off-Broadway, April 29

News   Gilbert Minus Sullivan: Farce Engaged Opens Off-Broadway, April 29
 
Theatre for a New Audience opens its final staging of the season, W.S. Gilbert farce Engaged, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, April 29.

Doug Hughes — currently garnering praise for his direction of Frozen — directs the TFANA production which began previews April 20 for a run set through May 16 with a possible extension to May 23.

The late two-time Tony Award winner Gerald Gutierrez (The Heiress, A Delicate Balance) was slated to helm the production at the time of his death.

Engaged stars Danielle Ferland, Maggie Lacey, John Horton, David Don Miller and Sloane Shelton — who were cast by Gutierrez before his passing. They are joined by Nicole Lowrance, Caitlin Muelder, James Gale, Jeremy Shamos and John Christopher Jones.

Engaged was penned in 1877 by half of the famous Gilbert and Sullivan team. The satire involves three young couples who deal with train wrecks, mistaken identities, con artists and marriage proposals in their search of money and matrimony.

The design team (also assembled by Gutierrez) include John Lee Beatty (sets), Catherine Zuber (costumes), Rui Rita (lighting) and Guy Sherman (sound). Hughes recently directed the well-received Off-Broadway stagings of The Beard of Avon for New York Theatre Workshop and Frozen for MCC Theatre — the later will make the leap to Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre, opening May 4 as the penultimate play of the season. Hughes also served as artistic director of the Long Wharf Theatre from 1997 to 2001.

Engaged will end the TFANA 25th season which included The Last Letter adapted and directed by Frederick Wiseman and Shakespeare's Pericles directed by Bartlett Sher.

For tickets to Engaged at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street in New York City, call (212) 239-6200. For more information, visit www.tfana.org.

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