Love for Sale: The Escort, with Polly Draper and Maggie Siff, Begins Premiere Run at Geffen

News   Love for Sale: The Escort, with Polly Draper and Maggie Siff, Begins Premiere Run at Geffen
 
Maggie Siff of "Mad Men" and Polly Draper of "thirtysomething" star in the Geffen Playhouse world premiere of Jane Anderson's The Escort, a play that "combines the two oldest professions: theatre and prostitution." Performances begin March 29.

Maggie Siff
Maggie Siff

The Escort, to play through May 8 under the direction of Lisa Peterson, "follows the relationship between Charlotte, a high-class call girl played by Maggie Siff and Rhona, her Upper West Side gynecologist, played by Polly Draper."

James Eckhouse (CTG's The Goat, "Beverly Hills 90210") doubles as Rhona's self-righteous liberal ex-husband and one of Charlotte's johns, and Los Angeles theatre newcomer Gabriel Sunday ("Taking Woodstock") doubles as Rhona's manipulative teenage son and a seductive male escort.

Opening night is April 6. The Escort is the Geffen Playhouse's second commission from Emmy Award-winning screenwriter (HBO's "Normal" and "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader Murdering Mom") and playwright Jane Anderson. Her first, The Quality of Life, premiered in the Audrey Skirball Theater at the Geffen Playhouse in 2007 and was honored with numerous awards including both an LADCC and Ovation Award for Best New Play before moving on to subsequent productions around the country.

"The last play I wrote for the Geffen was about cancer, fire, suicide and death; so I thought I'd give us all a break this time and write about sex," Anderson said in a statement. "Audiences shouldn't expect from me some bawdy farce filled with a lot of slamming of bedroom doors, but what I hope to do is to give them a great roller coaster ride where they swing between asking 'why not?' to saying 'enough is enough is enough.'"

The production team includes set designer Richard Hoover; costume designer Laura Bauer; lighting designer Rand Ryan; sound designer Paul James Prendergast; and production stage manager James T. McDermott. For tickets and more information, call (310) 208-5454 or visit www.geffenplayhouse.com.

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