When do intense, psychological theatre techniques cross the line into dangerous mind games? That questions lies at the heart of The Director, a new play by Nancy Hasty set to open at off-Broadway's Arclight Theatre, Feb. 15. The show, directed by Evan Bergman, began previews Feb. 1 for an open-ended run.
Starring as the "Svengali-like" has-been director is John Shea, last seen Off-Broadway in How I Learned to Drive. Best known as a film and TV actor, Shea appeared in "Missing" and "Stealing Home," played Lex Luthor on "Lois & Clark," and won an Emmy for "Baby M." Earlier theatre credits include Peter Parnell's Sorrows of Stephen at the Public Theatre in 1979 and American Days at Manhattan Theatre Club in 1980.
Co-starring in The Director are Tasha Lawrence, Todd Simmons, Shula Van Buren and Warren Press. Laine Valentino is producing the drama, which features sets by John Farrell, lighting by Steve Rust and costumes by Jill Kliber.
For tickets (previews $25; regular $35) and information on The Director at the Arclight Theatre, 152 West 71st Street, call (212) 279-4200.
-- By David Lefkowitz