U.S. Premiere of The Promise, Starring Joanna Tope, Opens Off-Broadway April 3

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A troubled retired teacher finds a connection with an unlikely pupil in the U.S. premiere of Scottish playwright Douglas Maxwell’s The Promise, which officially opens Off-Broadway April 3 at 59E59 Theaters after previews that began March 29.

Joanna Tope
Joanna Tope

Originally titled Promises Promises when it debuted in Scotland last winter at Glasgow's Random Accomplice, the comedic thriller toured to acclaim and makes its American debut under the direction of Johnny McKnight. Performances continue through April 17.

Veteran Scottish stage actress Joanna Tope plays teacher Maggie Brodie in the solo play that, according to presenters, centers on "a retired teacher who has been dragged back to her local primary school for a reluctant day of substitute teaching. Her craving for alcohol is strong and her opinion of her colleagues is rock bottom, so it’s going to be a tough day. Then there’s Rosie, a six-year-old Somalian girl who refuses to speak. Community leaders believe she is possessed and are on their way to start her ‘treatment.’ But Maggie, surprised by her connection to this girl, knows they are wrong. So wrong, that she is going to have to take drastic action."

The Promise has a soundtrack by Karen MacIver, projections by Tim Reid, set and costume design by Lisa Sangster and lighting design by Dave Shea.

Tope created the role of Ginny in Alan Ayckbourn's Relatively Speaking and has also appeared in Bingo with John Gielgud, Glorious Miles, Oedipus, A Taste of Honey, Peer Gynt, Death of a Salesman and Dangerous Liaisons.

Tickets are available by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or online at 59E59.org.

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