The new play is set in the world of the literary elite where a young woman copes with the sudden success of her husband's novel. The workshop run is July 9-11 in the Susan Stein Shiva Theater.
In addition to "Charlie's Angels," Liu is known as one of the murderous characters in the two-part Quentin Tarantino film "Kill Bill, Vols. 1 and 2," and for her role in the television series "Ally McBeal." In a theatrical vein, she essayed the cameo role of "Go to Hell Kitty" in the Rob Marshall musical film "Chicago."
Playwright Helm is Liu's romantic partner. The actress recently announced her plans to marry the writer.
Liu will be surrounded by a group of legitimate stage stalwarts, including Justin Kirk (Love! Valour! Compassion!, Ten Unknowns), John Pankow (Barbra's Wedding), Gerry Becker (Death Defying Acts), Zach Grenier (A Question of Mercy), Zak Orth (Misalliance) and Tina Benko. David Petrarca directs.
NYS&F staged Helm's Last Chance for a Slow Dance in 2003. The remaining NYS&F lineup is as follows (subject to change):
Honor and the River (July 7-10) Powerhouse
Good Canary starring Lucy Liu (July 9-11) - Susan Stein Shiva Theater
Bach at Leipzig starring Mark Linn-Baker (July 14-17) - Powerhouse
Free Outdoor Theater in Repertory (July 14-25)
Coriolanus by William Shakespeare, directed by Emily Mendelson Nerds (July 15-18) - Martel
Readings Festival 2 (July 23-25)
Pen by David Marshall Grant, starring Marcia Gay Harden Good Vibrations (July 29-Aug. 1) - Martel
My Andy by (July 22-24) Powerhouse
The Petersons Project (July 30-Aug. 1) - Shiva
For tickets and information, call (845) 437-7235 or www.newyorkstageandfilm.org.