Shea, Bakkensen and Janssen to Splash in Horovitz's Bath

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John Shea, Michael Bakkensen and Stephanie Janssen will star in the New York premiere of The Secret of Mme. Bonnard's Bath, written and directed by Israel Horovitz.

The play begins previews Feb. 3, opens Feb. 8 and runs through Feb. 24 at Theatre Row’s Kirk Theatre.

Shea is known for starring as Lex Luthor in "Lois & Clark" and as Adam Kane in the syndicated sci-fi show "Mutant X," and won an Emmy Award for the 1988 television movie "Baby M." He has appeared on Broadway in Yentl, End of the World and Romeo and Juliet, in London's West End in The Normal Heart. His other stage credits include The Director, How I Learned to Drive, The Dining Room, Ancestral Voices, Sorrows of Stephen and American Days. His film credits include " Missing," "Freejack," "Honey I Blew Up the Kid" and "Stealing Home."

Bakkensen has starred on Broadway in The Man Who Came to Dinner and was a standby in Festen and Noises Off on Broadway and in The Paris Letter Off-Broadway. Janssen has starred in Cupid and Psyche and Machiavelli.

Press notes describe the play as such: "Is it the search for an absolute brush stroke of vibrant color that led Pierre Bonnard, one of the most enigmatic masters of the 20th century, to suddenly revise his painting ... even though it was hanging on the wall of a small Paris museum? Or was it the artist's need to revisit a long-hidden and tragic love? Two young art students discover the changed painting and uncover The Secret of Mme Bonnard’s Bath."

The Secret of Mme. Bonnard's Bath will be the first production of the new producing wing of the New York Playwrights Lab, a playwriting society that Horowitz founded in 1975. The ever-changing group of 15 playwrights has over the years included such names as Wendy Wasserstein, Warren Leight and Kenneth Lonergan. The play had its world premiere at the Horovitz-founded Gloucester Stage in Massachusetts this past summer.

The play will come just after two other Horovitz works in New York this winter. Israel Horovitz’s New Shorts, the New York premiere of nine new short plays, produced by the Barefoot Theatre Company at the 78th Street Theatre Lab, is currently running through Jan. 21. A revival of Horovitz's play Lebensraum went up at the Kirk Theatre in December.

Horovitz is the writer of over 50 produced plays, including Line, Park Your Car in Harvard Yard, Morning, Noon and Night and My Old Lady.

Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street. For tickets, priced $18, visit www.ticketcentral.com or call (212) 279-4200.

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