Previews for the gender-bent theatre-themed play begin April 3 leading to an opening of April 13 at the Peter Sharp Theater, the intimate second stage within the new Playwrights Horizons complex at 416 W. 42nd Street. The play is that space's inaugural full staging, the first of this season's Studio Series. Performances play to April 27.
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."
The production will feature 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 is currently standing by for Harvey Fierstein in Hairspray. Greenspan's plays 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.
Currently on the PH mainstage is the new musical by Richard Nelson and Ricky Ian Gordon, My Life With Albertine, to March 30. Tickets for She Stoops to Comedy are $30. Student rush tickets are available for $10 (cash only, day of performance). A pay-what-you-can performance is scheduled for April 3 (the first preview). For ticket information, call (212) 279-4200 or visit www.playwrightshorizons.org.