David and Amy Sedaris' comedy The Little Freida Mysteries, which played to SRO crowds during its brief run at La Mama, will return April 3-19.
Due to a subsequent booking at La Mama's "Club" Theatre, Freida was forced to close following its March 15 performance. However, a gap opened up at the venue, facilitating the show's return engagement. David Sedaris is currently on book tour promoting his newly-published collection of essays and short stories, Naked.
One autobiographical tale in "Barrel Fever" became the basis for Sedaris' play, The Santaland Diaries, which ran at Off-Broadway's Atlantic Theatre this past holiday season.
Amy Sedaris, David's sister, comes from Chicago's Second City improv troupe and the cast of Comedy Central's "Exit 57." Here's the blurb for Little Frieda: "Pray that you never get so sick you have to be taken in by an eccentric relative. Poor Little Frieda was making it in the big town until she broke both arms in drunken cavortings with a Korean gymnast. With no family or friends willing to feed her by hand or set her on the toilet, she's at the mercy of her namesake, cranky old Aunt Frieda, whose life consists entirely of collecting doll furniture and socializing on the Web. But just as the ladies are about to kill each other, love finds both of them..."
Co-writer Amy Sedaris will play older Frieda, while Penny Boyer will play the younger. David Rakoff (One Woman Shoe) and Chuck Coggins will assist in multiple roles, under Tom Aulino's direction. Hugh Hamrick creates the set, as he has for all the Sedaris's La MaMa shows. Lighting is by Howards Thies. The Talent Family started at La MaMa's Club with Stump The Host in 1993, followed by 1994's Stitches. Their biggest hit, One Woman Shoe, played for 5 weeks in winter 1995 and returned in June to packed houses. The Family, which received a special 1996 Obie Citation, will present its newest play, Occurrence At Cobbler's Knob, at the Lincoln Center Festival in July.
For tickets ($15-$20) and information on The Little Frieda Mysteries at La MaMa's Club, 74A East 4th St. in the East Village, call (212) 475-7710.
--By David Lefkowitz and Andrew Ku