Tony Nominee Skinner Is a Dirty Blonde, Opening at the Signature Aug. 18

News   Tony Nominee Skinner Is a Dirty Blonde, Opening at the Signature Aug. 18 The Signature Theatre production of Claudia Shear's Dirty Blonde, starring Tony nominee Emily Skinner, opens in Arlington, VA, Aug. 18.
Emily Skinner as Mae West
Emily Skinner as Mae West Photo by Scott Suchman

Skinner (Side Show, Full Monty, Witches of Eastwick), stars as Mae West and her fan, Jo, in Shear's Tony-nominated comedy with music that began performances Aug. 11 and will run through Oct. 4 in the Ark Theatre.

The cast also features Helen Hayes Award nominee Hugh Nees as Jo's friend Charlie and characters ranging from W.C. Fields to West's trial judge; and Helen Hayes winner J. Fred Shiffman, who portrays a variety of roles including Frank Wallace, West's abandoned husband and director Edward Elsner.

Signature artistic associate Jeremy Skidmore directs the biographical play that reveals the spirit behind Mae West's sexy celluloid façade and examines why individuals like Jo are so mesmerized by the provocative sex goddess, according to Signature notes.

Set design is by Dan Conway, costume design by Helen Huang, lighting design by Dan Covey, and sound design by Matt Rowe.

For tickets call Ticketmaster at (703) 573-SEAT (7328) or visit SignatureTheatre.

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Signature's 20th anniversary season continues with Show Boat, I Am My Own Wife, Sweeney Todd, [title of show], the world premiere of Sycamore Trees, and the world-premiere run of "First You Dream" The Kander & Ebb Concert.