Mother, Interrupted; Loomer Weaves Off-Broadway Drama Living Out, Opens Sept. 30

News   Mother, Interrupted; Loomer Weaves Off-Broadway Drama Living Out, Opens Sept. 30 Lisa Loomer's Living Out, starring Tony Award nominee Kathryn Meisle (Tartuffe) and newcomer Zilah Mendoza, opens at Second Stage Theatre, Sept. 30.

The New York premiere of the drama directed by Jo Bonney (Burn This) began previews Sept. 9 and is slated for a run through Nov. 2.

In modern-day Los Angeles, a Salvadoran woman grapples with finding a job as a nanny, tending to her husband's needs, becoming a citizen, bringing one son from her homeland and caring for another boy at home. When she lands a job with a back-to-work mother and her husband, a lie that gets her the job comes back to haunt her.

Meisle, who was nominated for her turn in last season's revival of Tartuffe, will star as the L.A. mother. The actress has also appeared on stage in London Assurance, Racing Demon, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, The Rehearsal, Old Money and As You Like It.

Mendoza reprises her L.A. Ovation Award-nominated role as the nanny, which she created in the Mark Taper Forum world premiere production in January. Other stage credits include Black Butterfly and Blade to the Heat at L.A.'s Taper and television appearances on "Reba" and "The District."

Liza Colon-Zayas (Our Lady of 121st Street) also appears in the cast that includes Judith Hawking, Kelly Coffield Park, Gary Perez, Joseph Urla and Maria Elena Ramirez. The design team for Living Out features Neil Patel (set), Emilio Sosa (costume), David Weiner (lighting) and John Gromata (sound).

Playwright Loomer is the author of The Waiting Room and the screenplay "Girl, Interrupted." Other plays include Birds, Expecting Isabel, Maria, Maria, Maria, Maria!, Accelerando, Looking for Angels, Chain of Life and Bocón!

Director Bonney's credits include the recent Off-Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson’s Fifth of July as well as Adoration of the Old Woman, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, Humpty Dumpty, subUrbia, Good Thing, Slanguage, Stop Kiss and Look Back in Anger. She received a 1998 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Direction.

Second Stages' 25th anniversary season will also feature the world premiere of Jonathan Reynolds' Dinner with Demons directed by Peter Askin (begins Nov. 24, opens Dec. 16); the New York City premiere of Charles L. Mee's Wintertime directed by David Schweizer starring Marsha Mason and Michael Cerveris (begins Feb. 10, 2004); and the long-postponed staging of Craig Lucas' Reckless directed by Mark Brokaw starring Mary-Louise Parker (early April, 2004).

Tickets to Living Out at Second Stage, 307 West 43rd Street (off 8th Avenue), can be purchased by calling (212) 246-4422 or (800) 766-6048. A limited number of student rush tickets($10) will be available 30 minutes before each performance. For more information, visit www.secondstagetheatre.com.

Kathryn Meisle and Zilah Mendoza in <i>Living Out</i>.
Kathryn Meisle and Zilah Mendoza in Living Out.