Heroine Pulled in Two Directions in NYC World Premiere BFF, Now Extended

News   Heroine Pulled in Two Directions in NYC World Premiere BFF, Now Extended Past and present collide in the Off-Broadway world premiere of BFF, a new play by Anna Ziegler, starting previews Feb. 17 at the DR2 Theatre off Union Square.

The producers announced a one-week extension to March 24 before performances began.

Josh Hecht directs the darkly comic play about Lauren and her "best friend forever" Eliza. According to production notes, "Lauren is a New Yorker who is split in two by time, living in the past and present simultaneously. Haunted by her adolescent past, she is desperate to catch up with her present and explore a new romance. But when Lauren accidentally tells a lie, she is forced to complete a story that, until now, has remained cruelly unfinished."

WET (Women's Expressive Theater, Inc.), best known for its acclaimed productions of St. Scarlet (by Julia Jordan) and Big Times (directed by Leigh Silverman), produces the play on an Off-Broadway contract.

DR2 owner/producer Daryl Roth has selected WET to be the first "theatre in residence."

The BFF opening is Feb. 24. Performances were first announced to continue to March 17, but a week was added. *

BFF features Sasha Eden (A Very Common Procedure, Scab), Laura Heisler (The Mistakes Madeline Made, The Given, People Be Heard, and Broadway's upcoming Coram Boy) and Jeremy Webb (The Baltimore Waltz at Signature, Tabletop).

The creative team includes set designer Robin Vest, lighting designer Ben Stanton, costume designer Sara Jean Tosetti and sound designer David Baker.

Anna Ziegler was recently selected to be a writer in residence at The Old Vic Theatre in London. Her plays have been developed at Sundance Theatre Lab, The Underwood Theater, Ars Nova, Soho Rep, The Lark Theatre, New Georges, Kennedy Center, Birmingham Rep and Belvoir St. Theatre in Sydney, Australia. Ziegler was a Dramatist's Guild Fellow for 2004-2005, a member of the 2005 Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and has been published in "Ten-Minute Plays for 2 Actors: The Best of 2004 and New American Short Plays 2005." Anna received her MFA in dramatic writing from New York University.

BFF was developed in the Sundance Theatre Lab and was a finalist for the 2005 Weissberger Award and for the 2006 O'Neill Playwright's Conference.

Josh Hecht was the director of Christine Jorgensen Reveals, winner of The Drama Desk award for Unique Theatrical Event, and GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding New York Theater. Most recently, he directed Girl by Megan Mostyn Brown at The Cherry Lane, MCC's Assisted Loving by Bob Morris, the 13P production of Penetration Play by Winter Miller, and Ann Marie Healy's The Night That Roger… at The Ontological. He is currently developing a new play, Version Mary, with Bryony Lavery, Wendy MacLeod, Theresa Rebeck, Kate Robin, David Grimm, Mike Albo, Bradford Louryk, Lisa Kron and Jack Ferver.

BFF's schedule is Monday-Saturday at 8 PM. The DR2 is located at 103 East 15th Street (between Union Square East and Irving Place). Tickets range from $25-$35, available at (212) 239-6200 or www.wetweb.org.

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Created in 1999, WET "produces media which challenge female stereotypes and advocates for equality." WET adheres to this mission "by producing premiere plays by female playwrights and events promoting the work of notable female artists."

"We're excited to share BFF with the public at the DR2," said WET executive producer Victoria Pettibone, in production notes. "We are so grateful to Daryl Roth for inviting us to be the first theatre in residence. It is so encouraging to see audiences actually buying tickets in advance. We continue to work extremely hard to build an audience and it is so nice to meet new fabulous people who are supporting our work who don't normally go to the theatre."

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