Playwrights Horizons Snags Recent High School Grad to Play College-Bound Daughter in Memory House, With Dianne Wiest

News   Playwrights Horizons Snags Recent High School Grad to Play College-Bound Daughter in Memory House, With Dianne Wiest Natalia Zvereva, an 18-year-old recent graduate of Laguardia High School of the Performing Arts, will play opposite Dianne Wiest in the New York premiere of Kathleen Tolan's Memory House at Playwrights Horizons this spring.

David Esbjornson (Broadway's Tony Award-winning The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?) directs the two-actor play about a mother and daughter, starting performances at PH's mainstage April 22 toward a May 17 opening.

Wiest is the Academy Award-winning actress known for "Bullets Over Broadway," "Hannah and Her Sisters" and "Parenthood." Wiest's stage credits include Broadway's Salome, Solitaire, Othello, Beyond Therapy and In the Summer House. She won a Theatre World Award and an Obie Award for The Art of Dining and a second Obie for her work in the plays Other Places and Serenading Louie. Her other New York stage credits include One Flea Spare at The Public, The Shawl at Jewish Rep and Hunting Cockroaches at Manhattan Theatre Club.

Tolan's work includes The Wax and Kate's Diary. Memory House is making its world premiere at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in March at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

"On New Year's Eve, devoted mother Maggie (Dianne Wiest) bakes a pie as her daughter Katia (Natalia Zvereva) struggles to finish her college entrance essay before the midnight postmark deadline," according to PH notes. "The seemingly innocuous topic, 'What's in your memory house?' throws open a Pandora's Box of questions for Katia that lead all the way back to her birth. With increasing anxiety, Maggie attempts to keep her daughter anchored to her deadline and to herself. Memory House is a timely, authentic portrait of a girl – and a world – on the cusp of an uncertain future."

Zvereva graduated high school in 2004. Memory House marks her professional New York stage debut. She was previously seen in productions at Laguardia, The Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and Forest Hills Theatre. She appeared as Kay on TV's "As the World Turns" in fall 2004. Designers are Loy Arcenas (scenic), Elizabeth Hope Clancy (costume), Jane Cox (lighting) and Jill B.C. DuBoff (sound).

The performance schedule for Memory House will be Tuesdays-Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2:30 & 8 PM and Sundays at 2:30 & 7:30 PM. Tickets are $60. The first preview is a pay-what-you-can show.

For Playwrights Horizons information, call (212) 279-4200 or visit www.playwrightshorizons.com.

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