Primary Stages' Southern Comforts Gets New Stars, Dates and Director

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Penny Fuller and William Biff McGuire will replace previously-announced stars Dixie Carter and Hal Holbrook in the upcoming Primary Stages New York premiere of Kathleen Clark's Southern Comforts.
Judith Ivey takes over for directing in Primary Stages' upcoming Southern Comforts.
Judith Ivey takes over for directing in Primary Stages' upcoming Southern Comforts.

Judith Ivey takes over directing duties from Leonard Foglia. The production will now begin performances Sept. 19 and open Oct. 4 for a limited engagement through Oct. 28 at 59E59 Theaters.

Billed as "an exploration of the intimate workings of all relationships," the two-hander — which made its world premiere at Florida's Coconut Grove Playhouse — is about "a widow and widower who meet later in life and find a way into each other's hearts." The play was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Playwriting.

The design team includes Thomas Lynch (sets), Joseph G. Aulisi (costumes), Brian Nason (lighting) and T. Richard Fitzgerald (sound). Paul Schwartz provides original and incidental music. The production stage manager is Misha Siegel-Rivers.

Fuller has performed in Wendy Wasserstein's An American Daughter and Neil Simon's The Dinner Party — for which she was Tony nominated. Her other nod came for her turn in Applause. Other credits include Broadway's Rex, Cabaret and Barefoot in the Park as well as Off-Broadway's Four by Tenn, Beautiful Child

McGuire, Tony Award-nominated for Morning's at Seven and The Young Man from Atlanta, played on Broadway in Conversations With My Father and the original productions of South Pacific, Dance Me a Song, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, Father's Day, Camelot, A View From the Bridge and Mary, Mary. Other credits include The Day Emily Married, Finian's Rainbow, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Last Yankee, The Time of Your Life and the films "Serpico" and the original "The Thomas Crown Affair." As an actress, Ivey has won Tony Awards for Steaming and Hurlyburly. She has also appeared on stage in Park Your Car in Harvard Yard, Blithe Spirit and Follies as well as a stint at the Los Angeles Opera in Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music. The one-time "Designing Women" star has directed the Off-Broadway and Los Angeles productions of Yeardley Smith's More as well as Waiting for Godot (at San Francisco's A.C.T.), Bad Dates (Laguna Playhouse) and Steel Magnolias (Houston's Alley Theatre).

The new season at Primary will begin with the world premiere of A. R. Gurney's Indian Blood directed by Mark Lamos (July 25-Sept. 2) and continues following Southern Comforts with the New York premiere of the Christopher Durang and Peter Melnick musical Adrift in Macao directed by Sheryl Kaller (Jan. 23-March 4, 2007). The 2006-2007 lineup ends with the world premiere of Terrence McNally's new play Deuce starring Marian Seldes (March 20-April 29, 2007).

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