If Memory Serves, the new comedy starring Elizabeth Ashley, may move into Off-Broadway's Promenade Theatre by the end of the summer. Producer Charles Duggan told Playbill On-Line the play is first in line to move into the Promenade Theatre, currently the home of Peter Ackerman's bedroom farce Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight. Everything, of course, depends on the ongoing health of the Ackerman comedy.
If Memory Serves hopes to begin previews by July and open in August.
If Memory Serves is written by Jonathan Tolins, the author of Twilight of the Golds. If concerns Diane Barrow (Ashley), a wholesome, Mary-Tyler-Moore-Florence-Henderson-type television star desperate to revive her flagging career. All is scuttled, however, when her son begins making public his terrible childhood. Marilyn Sokol will also star. Leonard Foglia will direct. The play premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse in early fall.
Ashley is best known for several Broadway turns in the plays of Tennessee Williams, including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Suddenly Last Summer. She recently appeared at Washington, D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre in Sweet Bird of Youth.
Director Foglia is best known for staging the Broadway production of Terrence McNally's Master Class. He also directed the Pasadena mounting of If Memory Serves, which starred Brooke Adams and David Groh. -- By Robert Simonson