The world premiere of Lily Thorne’s Peace for Mary Frances begins previews Off-Broadway May 8. The new play, which stars Lois Smith in the title role, is directed by Lila Neugebauer, in a production from The New Group at The Pershing Square Signature Center.
In Peace for Mary Frances, Mary Frances is 90 years old and ready to die. Born to refugees fleeing the Armenian genocide, her last wish is to pass away peacefully at home surrounded by her family. But her dream collides with reality as three generations of explosive women arrive prepared to battle for their family's legacy.
Completing the cast of the Off-Broadway staging are Johanna Day (Sweat, You Can’t Take It With You, August: Osage County), Heather Burns (Dinner With Friends, Manchester by the Sea), Succession's Natalie Gold, Mia Katigbak (Dear Elizabeth, Peer Gynt and the Norwegian Hapa Band), Paul Lazar (Samara, Tamburlaine), Brian Miskell (The Antipodes, The Flick), Melle Powers (The Old Friends; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark), and J. Smith-Cameron (Rectify, True Blood).
The production will officially open May 23 and is scheduled to play through June 17.
Peace for Mary Frances features scenic design by Dane Laffrey, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau, and music and sound design by Daniel Kluger. Casting by Judy Henderson, CSA, and production stage manager is Valerie A. Peterson.
For tickets and more information visit TheNewGroup.org.