Sigourney Weaver Is Mrs. Farnsworth Again as Gurney Comedy Returns, Sept. 29

News   Sigourney Weaver Is Mrs. Farnsworth Again as Gurney Comedy Returns, Sept. 29 Sigourney Weaver reprises her title role in The Flea Theater production of A.R. Gurney's Mrs. Farnsworth for a 34-performance run starting Sept. 29.
Sigourney Weaver as Mrs. Farnsworth
Sigourney Weaver as Mrs. Farnsworth Photo by Carol Rosegg

The new run — also starring recent star Gerry Bamman — is slated to play 34 performances through Nov. 6 at downtown Manhattan The Flea Theatre.

Directed by Flea Theater artistic director Jim Simpson, the politically-charged comedy finds a woman sharing an in-the-works novel about a former lover who resembles a certain Republic from a privileged family.

"The play is a very interesting look at what is fair to bring up about a person's life and career when they run for office," Weaver previously told Playbill On-Line (March 2004). "I think what I loved about Mrs. Farnsworth herself is that she's so passionate and so dear in a way. There's no malice in her, just outrage and frustration — personal and political. I think she's a very personal character whose taking the politics of the world very personally, as a lot of people are." (To read the full interview with Weaver, visit Playbill On-Line's Brief Encounter section or click here.)

Mrs. Farnsworth sold out its initial run at The Flea Theater in April 2004 (with Weaver and John Lithgow as Mr. Farnsworth) then played over the summer between the Democratic and Republican conventions with Bamman (Nixon's Nixon) and Leslie Lyles (Roulette).

Danny Burstein (A Class Act) continues in his original role of as the writing instructor with returning cast members Kate Benson, Fernando Gambaroni and Tarajia Morell. Mrs. Farnsworth features sets by Kyle Chepulis, lights by Brian Aldous and costumes by Claudia Brown. The piece is directed by Jim Simpson, artistic director of The Flea Theatre and Weaver's husband.

Lithgow has since been cast in the upcoming musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels — a stage version based on the 1988 film starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin. The staging began at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, Sept. 15.

Tickets to Mrs. Farnsworth, at the Flea Theatre, 41 White Street (located three blocks south of Canal St.) are available by calling (212) 352-3101. For more information, visit the website at www.theflea.org.

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