As previously reported by Playbill.com, Tomlin and Wagner – who have professionally collaborated on The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, Appearing Nightly, as well as "The Incredible Shrinking Woman," "Lily: Sold Out" and "Edith Ann's Christmas: Just Say Noel" – have joined Harriet Newman Leve, Elyse Singer, Jamie deRoy, Pam Laudenslager, Douglas Denoff, and Double Play Connections in producing the Off-Broadway engagment, which begins performances Feb. 19 at 37 Arts.
Leigh Silverman (Well) directs Kate Moira Ryan and Linda S. Chapman's stage adaptation of Ann Bannon's 1950's and 60's lesbian pulp novels that is set to officially open Off-Broadway March 5. The new run is currently scheduled through April 27.
Penned by Ryan (25 Questions for a Jewish Mother) and Chapman (Gertrude and Alice: A Likeness to Loving), the pre-Stonewall Greenwich Village-set work "follows the lives and loves of Laura, Beth and Beebo as they navigate uncharted territories of desire," according to press materials. Former secret lovers in college, Laura and Beth went on to completely disparate lives — one got married and had children, the other moved to New York. "Both pine for each other, but before they can reunite, they find themselves entangled in the web of Beebo Brinker, a butch denizen of the bars with a soft spot for young lesbians fresh off the bus."
Following an extended run at The Fourth Street Theatre, Beebo Brinker makes its Off-Broadway transfer with Jenn Colella (High Fidelity) in the title role alongside Marin Ireland (The Ruby Sunrise) and David Greenspan (Some Men) as well as Carolyn Baeumler (Trouble in Paradise), Autumn Dornfeld (The Graduate) and Bill Dawes (Gross Indecency).
The design team features Rachel Hauck (set), Theresa Squire (costumes), Nicole Pearce (lights) and Jill BC DuBoff (sound). Tickets to The Beebo Brinker Chronicles at 37 Arts are available by calling (212) 307-4100 or online at beebobrinker.com.
37 Arts is located in Manhattan at 450 West 37th Street.