MCC, Play Co. and Long Wharf Premiere Ayvazian's High Dive in NYC, Feb. 1

News   MCC, Play Co. and Long Wharf Premiere Ayvazian's High Dive in NYC, Feb. 1 The Manhattan Class Company, the Play Company and the Long Wharf Theatre will jointly stage the world premiere of Leslie Ayvazian's High Dive. The one-woman comedy starts previews Feb. 1 and opens Feb. 26. The show runs through March 4.

The Manhattan Class Company, the Play Company and the Long Wharf Theatre will jointly stage the world premiere of Leslie Ayvazian's High Dive. The one-woman comedy starts previews Feb. 1 and opens Feb. 26. The show runs through March 4.

Described as a "75-minute romp through her hard-to-believe life," High Dive is written and performed by Ayvazian. David Warren (Holiday at Circle in the Square, Roundabout's Summer and Smoke) directs this comedy about "family, fiascos and the journeys we don't quite plan for."

Recognizable for her recurring role on NBC's "Law and Order: SVU" (she plays Judge Valdera), Ayvazian's writing credits include Nine Armenians (MTC) as well as Plan Day, Deaf Day, Twenty Four Years and Footlights.

The creative team comprises set designer Neil Patel, lighting designer Brian MacDevitt, sound designer Robert Murphy and costume consultant Kristin Cahill.

This joint production marks the inaugural staging of the Play Company. According to production notes, the new not-for-profit, established in 1998 by Kate Locwald, Jack Temchin and the late director Mike Ockrent is aiming to present "an international program of productions, readings and special events." Long Wharf staged two developmental workshops of the piece, first as part of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas last June and again in the fall.

All seats are $20 before March 1, when they go to $25. To order tickets call the MCC box office at (212) 727-7765.

—By Murdoch McBride