Secrets of a Soccer Mom Will Get Its Kicks Off-Broadway; Ivey Directs

News   Secrets of a Soccer Mom Will Get Its Kicks Off-Broadway; Ivey Directs Three moms on the sidelines speak out in Kathleen Clark's comedy Secrets of a Soccer Mom, getting an Off-Broadway staging directed by Judith Ivey. Performances begin Feb. 9 at the Snapple Theater Center.
Judith Ivey
Judith Ivey

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, recently the home of the revival of The Fantasticks, is at 50th Street at Broadway. Opening is March 20.

Nancy Ringham, Deborah Sonnenberg and Caralyn Kozlowski star as the moms in the play in which "three women leave their traditional spot on the sidelines to play in the annual mother-son soccer game," according to production notes. "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 producers are A-Frame Productions.

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 (beginning Jan. 28) via Ticketmaster.com at (212) 629-3700.

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Secrets of a Soccer Mom will play a special performance schedule in February and March. Beginning March 31, the following regular performance schedule begins: Monday at 8 PM, Wednesday at 11 AM, Thursday at 11 AM & 8 PM, Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.