Debra Monk and Marsha Mason have been cast in House, the new Terrence McNally-Jon Robin Baitz collaboration which will open at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, Long Island, on Aug. 12, for a run through Sept. 6.
The play concerns a couple buying a house from another couple. Act one, by Baitz, follows the sellers; act two, by McNally, the buyers. According to Bay Street spokesperson Eliza Rand, Monk will play half of the buying couple and Mason will portray half of the selling couple. The other characters, including the two husbands and a real estate broker, have not been announced. Joe Mantello, who directed McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion! and Baitz's Three Hotels, will direct.
Mason was recently seen Off-Broadway as a condemned murderer reliving the events leading to her day of execution in the Blue Light Theatre Company's production of Michael Cristopher's Amazing Grace. Her other stage credits include the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of The Night of the Iguana.
Tony-winner Monk (for Redwood Curtain) was seen on Broadway last season in Lincoln Center's staging of O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness!. Other recent stage credits include the Kander and Ebb musical Steel Pier.
Bay Street also announced that James Warwick would play Noel Coward to Twiggy's Gertrude Lawrence in the theatre's biographical revue Noel & Gertrude. The English Warwick was last seen stateside as the besieged politician Robert Chiltern in the Peter Hall-directed Broadway production of Wilde's An Ideal Husband. Noel & Gertrude, which will run July 15 to Aug. 2, looks at the relationship between actress Lawrence and playwright and actor Coward. Preceding Noel & Gertie on the Sag Harbor, Long Island, theatre's 1998 schedule is Horton Foote's new play A Coffin in Egypt (June 17-July 5). The one-person play about passion, infidelity and murder will star veteran actress Glynis Johns (A Little Night Music), in her first visit to BST. The director is Leonard Foglia.
Bay Street's season opener, Bob Kingdom's Elsa Edgar, closed June 7. The play was to star Elaine Stritch (A Delicate Balance), who withdrew at the last moment and was replaced by the author. Kingdom starred in his own The Truman Capote Talk Show at the theatre in 1995. Bay Street producer Murphy Davis directs.
For tickets and information on Bay Street events call (516) 725-9500.
-- By Robert Simonson