The producers of The Director, a hit at the Arclight Theatre on the Upper West Side, are casting their eyes about for a larger commercial house Off-Broadway, said a spokesman for the show. No decisions have been made, but among the theaters possibly under consideration are the recently vacated Lucille Lortel, Douglas Fairbanks and Century Theatre.
Nancy Hasty's play -- which asks, When do intense, psychological theatre techniques cross the line into dangerous mind games? -- opens on Feb. 1. Starring as the "Svengali-like" has-been director is John Shea, last seen Off-Broadway in How I Learned to Drive. Co-starring are Tasha Lawrence, Todd Simmons, Shula Van Buren and Warren Press. Laine Valentino is producing the drama, which features sets by John Farrell, lighting by Steve Rust and costumes by Jill Kliber.
The show is selling out at the Arclight, said the spokesman, and is under no pressure to leave the space. Shea would stay with the play if it moved.
For tickets (previews $25; regular $35) and information on The Director at the Arclight Theatre, 152 West 71st Street, call (212) 279-4200.
--By Robert Simonson
and David Lefkowitz