Zoe Caldwell in Talks to Star Opposite Marian Seldes in New McNally Play

News   Zoe Caldwell in Talks to Star Opposite Marian Seldes in New McNally Play Four-time Tony winner Zoe Caldwell is in talks to star with Marian Seldes in a new Terrence McNally work Deuce, set at a tennis match, to play Primary Stages March 20-April 29, 2007, a spokesman for the company said.

Zoe Caldwell
Zoe Caldwell

Caldwell appears on the New York stage but seldomly, making each new role something of an occasion. Though she has acted on Broadway on only eight occasions (not including a cameo appearance in The Play What I Wrote), she has won the Tony four times—for Slapstick Tragedy, Medea, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Master Class. The latter, in 1996, was her most recent New York stage credit. She has worked before with McNally, on both Master Class and the Off-Broadway play A Perfect Ganesh.

Seldes acted at Primary Stages last season in McNally's Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams.

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As previously reported, the upcoming Primary Stages Off-Broadway season will include the world premieres of A.R. Gurney's Indian Blood and New York debuts of Kathleen Clark's Southern Comforts and the Christopher Durang-Peter Melnick musical Adrift in Macao.

The company, now in its 22nd season, will once again be in residence at 59E59 Theaters. Mark Lamos, Leonard Foglia and Sheryl Kaller are signed on to direct for the 2006-2007 presentations. As Playbill.com first reported, A.R. Gurney's Indian Blood will receive its world premiere to open the new season, July 25-Sept. 3. The playwright of Sylvia, Love Letters and previous Primary Stages presentation Strictly Academic pens a new tale of a young boy who "uses his Indian ancestry as a cause and an excuse for his adolescent attacks on the genteel world around him." Lamos directs.

Husband and wife team Dixie Carter and Hal Holbrook star next in Southern Comforts, Oct. 3-Nov. 19. Foglia — who directed the duo in the Coconut Grove Playhouse world premiere — again stages the work about "a widow and widower who meet later in life and find a way into each other's hearts." The play was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Playwriting.

Adrift in Macao will then make its New York premiere Jan. 23-March 4, 2007 under the direction of Sheryl Kaller with choreography by Christopher Gattelli. Featuring a book and lyrics by Christopher Durang set to Peter Melnick's music, the film noir musical parody "spins the tale of five quirky characters stranded in a Casablanca-like locale in the Far East."

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