Laurie Kennedy Shows Off-Broadway All's Well That Ends Well

News   Laurie Kennedy Shows Off-Broadway All's Well That Ends Well Tony Award-nominated actress Laurie Kennedy stars in the upcoming Theatre for a New Audience Off-Broadway staging of William Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well.

Darko Tresnjak directs the production set to begin previews Feb. 4 and open Feb. 12 at The Duke on 42nd Street.  The show is scheduled to run through March 19.

The story of Countess Rousillon and her ward Helena who falls in love with the Bertram, son of the Countess, is set in motion after Helena cures the King of France and offers her the hand of any man. After choosing Bertram, he leaves for war in Italy vowing never to return to France. Tresnjak sets the comedy in pre-World War I Europe.

Kennedy — Tony nominee for Man and Superman — stars as the Countess opposite Kate Forbes (as Helena), Lucas Hall (Bertram), Adam Stein (Parolles) and John Christopher Jones (Lavatch).

The actress also appeared on Broadway in Major Barbara, Spoils of War and Angels in America as well as Off-Broadway turns in The Master Builder, After the Fall, The Miracle Worker, Richard II, Richard III and Andorra.

Director Tresnjak recently staged Two Noble Kinsmen at The Public Theater in New York. Other credits include The Blue Demon, Heartbreak House,(both at Huntington), Pericles (Old Globe Theatre), Moving Picture (Williamstown Theatre Festival) and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Long Wharf Theatre). He serves as the Artistic Director of the Old Globe summer Shakespeare Festival. The All's Well That Ends Well design team includes David Gordon (set), Rui Rita (lighting), Linda Cho (costumes) and Guy Sherman (sound). The production will feature songs from the pre-World War I period.

Theatre for a New Audience kicked off its "Love Is a Problem" season co-presenting the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre of London's production of Measure For Measure with St. Ann's Warehouse at the latter company's space in Brooklyn. Following All's Well That Ends Well, Evan Yionoulis stages Howard Brenton's Sore Throats (Apr. 22-May 21, 2006).

Tickets for All's Well That Ends Well at The Duke on 42nd Street, 229 West 42nd Street, can be purchased at (212) 239-6200. For more information, visit www.tfana.org/.