Nona Gerard was originally announced to direct John S. Anastasi's play that was also slated to star Grammy nominee Deborah Cox. Both Gerard and Cox departed the production in early September. Turner took over as director with Roya Shanks stepping into Cox's role.
A reason was not given for Gerard's departure from the drama. Cox exited the play "due to increasing conflicts with the play’s October performance schedule," according to the show's rep.
Would You Still Love Me If… will officially open Oct. 10 at New World Stages. The production also features Rebecca Brooksher and Sofia Jean Gomez.
Brooksher and Gomez play the lesbian couple with Turner as the mother of the young woman who is contemplating the surgery and Shanks as the surgeon.
Designing the production are Brian Prather (scenic design), Zach Blane (lighting design) and Tristan Raines (costume design). Kelly Genovese and Carolyn Reich stage manage. Casting is by Jeff and Liz Pessaro (Passero Casting). Producers are Robert Levinstein and Alan Wager of 22Q Entertainment.
Anastasi is also the author of Pied a Terre and I Forgive You, Ronald Reagan.
Tickets are $79.50 and available at Telecharge.com or at the New World Stages box office.