Folksinger Tom Paxton once titled a satirical album of his "One Million Lawyers...And Other Disasters." No question, the legal profession is among the most maligned these days, so NYS' Emelin Theatre and co-producer Arthur Cantor are hoping audiences will come to see a play about attorneys ripping each other to shreds.
Lawyers pits "old-line" and "new-breed" lawyers against each other, fighting for control of the firm. Playwright Henry G. Miller is a real-life attorney and a former president of the Bar Association. He'll appear in the play, too, alongisde Ford Austin, Lauree Dash, Sam Freed, Tom Ligon and Kevin Conway, best remembered for playing a voracious arbitrageur in Other People's Money.
Directing the drama, which begins previews May 26 at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck, NY, is John Berry, who served as an assistant to Orson Wells at the Mercury Theatre. He also assisted Billy Wilder in Hollywood and last year won a Moliere Award for directing Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in Paris.
Designing Lawyers are Susan Roth (lighting), Richard Ellis (set) and Ingrid Maurer (costumes). The show officially opens May 28 for a run through June 13.
For tickets ($15-$30) and information on Lawyers at the Emelin Theatre on Library Lane call (914) 698-0098. -- By David Lefkowitz