Theatre for a New Audience Extends Engaged to May 23

News   Theatre for a New Audience Extends Engaged to May 23 Theatre for a New Audience has extended its final staging of the season, the W.S. Gilbert farce Engaged, through May 23 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.

Doug Hughes — currently garnering praise for his direction of Frozen on Broadway — directs the TFANA production, which began previews April 20 for a run originally slated through May 16.

The late two-time Tony Award winner Gerald Gutierrez (The Heiress, A Delicate Balance) was scheduled to helm the production at the time of his death.

Engaged stars Danielle Ferland, Maggie Lacey, John Horton, David Don Miller and Sloane Shelton — who were cast by Gutierrez before his passing. They are joined by Nicole Lowrance, Caitlin Muelder, James Gale, Jeremy Shamos and John Christopher Jones.

Engaged was penned in 1877 by half of the famous Gilbert and Sullivan team. The satire involves three young couples who deal with train wrecks, mistaken identities, con artists and marriage proposals in their search of money and matrimony.

The design team (also assembled by Gutierrez) includes John Lee Beatty (sets), Catherine Zuber (costumes), Rui Rita (lighting) and Guy Sherman (sound). Hughes recently directed the well-received Off-Broadway stagings of The Beard of Avon for New York Theatre Workshop and Frozen for MCC Theatre — the latter made the leap to Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre, opening May 4. Hughes also served as artistic director of the Long Wharf Theatre from 1997 to 2001.

Engaged will end the TFANA 25th season, which included The Last Letter adapted and directed by Frederick Wiseman and Shakespeare's Pericles directed by Bartlett Sher.

For tickets to Engaged at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street in New York City, call (212) 239-6200. For more information, visit www.tfana.org.