Off-Broadway's Soccer Mom Ladies Eager to Play; Comedy Will Open Early

News   Off-Broadway's Soccer Mom Ladies Eager to Play; Comedy Will Open Early Kathleen Clark's comedy Secrets of a Soccer Mom will open March 5, two weeks earlier than previously announced, after its Feb. 9 Off-Broadway launch at Snapple Theater Center.

Judith Ivey directs the play about three soccer moms on the sidelines of their kids' soccer games. (March 20 was first announced as the opening date.)

The production stars Caralyn Kozlowski, Nancy Ringham and Deborah Sonnenberg.

Tony Award-winning actress Ivey is emerging as a busy, coveted director. Among her directorial credits is Clark's play, Southern Comforts, seen at Primary Stages. She is scheduled to direct the Broadway musical, Vanities, also about three women, in 2008-09.

Snapple Theater Center, the home of the revival of The Fantasticks (the classic musical will close Feb. 24), is at 50th Street at Broadway.

In the play, according to the producer, "three women leave their traditional spot on the sidelines to play in the annual mother-son soccer game. This ordinary day becomes extraordinary as the competition ignites their fierce desire to recapture their spirit, humor and passion. Secrets of a Soccer Mom takes a look at a part of life that is rarely explored on stage. It speaks to everyone, no matter age or gender, in attempting to answer that age old question: how in the world did I wind up here?" Secrets of a Soccer Mom debuted as Soccer Moms at Fleetwood Stage in Westchester, NY, where Ivey also directed.

The new production will feature scenic design by Lex Liang, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, costume design by Elizabeth Flauto and sound design by Zach Williamson.

The producer is A-Frame Productions.

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Clark's Southern Comforts, directed by Ivey, was produced Off-Broadway in 2006-07 at Primary Stages with Penny Fuller and Larry Keith following a production at the Coconut Grove Playhouse with Hal Holbrook and Dixie Carter. Her Banner is scheduled for a production at the Hedgerow Theatre. Both Southern Comforts and Banner were developed at the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. Southern Comforts and Secrets of a Soccer Mom are published by Samuel French. Clark previously worked as an associate in the theatrical producing office of Jane Harmon Associates.

Ivey is the recipient of the Tony Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Obie Award, and countless others for her stage and film work as an actress. Her directing credits include The Butcher of Baraboo (Second Stage Uptown), Fugue (Cherry Lane Theatre), Southern Comforts (Primary Stages), Bad Dates (Northlight Theatre, Chicago & Laguna Playhouse), Steel Magnolias (Alley Theatre), More (Union Square Theatre & Falcon Theatre, Los Angeles), Two For the Seesaw (Westport Playhouse), The Go-For-It Guy (Aspen Comedy Festival), and Soccer Moms (Fleetwood Stage).

Tickets can be purchased at www.SecretsofaSoccerMom.com and via Ticketmaster.com at (212) 629-3700.

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The performance schedule includes many 11 AM matinees, perfect for what is apparently the target audience — moms with kids in school during the day.