The cast for Christopher Durang's new Off-Broadway comedy, Betty's Summer Vacation at Playwrights Horizons' mainstage, will include Kellie Overbey as Betty, plus Guy Boyd, Geneva Carr, Jack Ferver, Julie Lund, Kristine Nielsen (Dog Opera), Godfrey L. Simmons Jr. and Troy Sostillio (Corpus Christi, Gross Indecency).
Previews for the comedy about Betty's nightmarish summer-share housemates -- including an abuse victim, a serial killer, a sex addict and an exhibitionist -- begin Feb. 19. Opening is set for March 14. It continues to March 28. Nicholas Martin (Full Gallop) will direct.
Overbey recently appeared in the Steppenwolf Theatre Company Broadway production of Sam Shepard's Buried Child.
Durang's last major New York play was in October 1996,with Broadway's Sex and Longing starring Guy Boyd, Sigourney Weaver and Dana Ivey. Sex and Longing also dealt with sex addiction, along with American Puritanism and governmental and religious hypocrisy. The Lincoln Center production was not embraced by critics and had a short run at Broadway's Cort Theatre.
Other works by the playwright, whose comedies often push the dark limits of farce, include Beyond Therapy, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, The Actor's Nightmare, Nina in the Morning, Wanda's Visit, A Stye of the Eye, Mrs. Sorken and History of the American Film.
In addition to Full Gallop, Martin has directed The Rehearsal at the Roundabout Theatre Company and Overtime at Manhattan Theatre Club. This summer, he piloted both The Matchmaker and Jonathan Marc Sherman's new Evolution at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
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