New Play Bobbi Boland to Reach Broadway in Fall 2003

News   New Play Bobbi Boland to Reach Broadway in Fall 2003
Bobbi Boland, a new play by Nancy Hasty about a desperate former Miss Florida, is destined for Broadway this fall, according to a recent casting notice. David Esbjornson will direct.

No casting has been announced, but the notice indicated the roles of Bobbi and her husband, Roger, have been filled. The pre-casting of the leads and the relative anonymity of the playwright would seem to suggest that a star performer is on board. Bobbi Boland had a run Off-Broadway at the ArcLight Theatre in spring 2001. The show opened March 1 after previews started Feb. 15. Evan Bergman directed a cast including Rose McGuire, Gregg Henry, Holiday Segal, Byron Loyd, David Little and Tanya Clarke.

The play is set in the south in the mid-'60s and demonstrates how far a former beauty queen will go to protect her realm. The character Bobbi has built a life that could be compared to a shrine, symbolized by the glass cabinet in her living room that houses her 1947 crown. Boland's formal world is tossed into upheaval with the arrival of a young, beautiful woman who is representative of the '60s counter-culture.

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