Secrets of a Soccer Mom, Directed by Judith Ivey, Kicks Off Feb. 9 in NYC

By Kenneth Jones
09 Feb 2008

Director Judith Ivey
Director Judith Ivey
Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Three women leave the sidelines to jump into the annual mother-son soccer game in the New York City debut of Kathleen Clark's Secrets of a Soccer Mom, beginning performances Feb. 9.

Judith Ivey directs, repeating her duties following the play's premiere at Fleetwood Stage in Westchester County, where the project was called Soccer Moms. The Off-Broadway show plays the Snapple Theater Center, where The Fantasticks is also residing through Feb. 24.

"This ordinary day becomes extraordinary as the competition ignites their fierce desire to recapture their spirit, humor and passion," according to production notes. "Secrets of a Soccer Mom takes a look at a part of life that is rarely explored on stage. It speaks to everyone, no matter age or gender, in attempting to answer that age old question: how in the world did I wind up here?"

Secrets of a Soccer Mom will officially open March 5. The production stars Caralyn Kozlowski (a veteran of Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Nancy Ringham (Broadway's recent Follies and The Will Rogers Follies) and Deborah Sonnenberg (whose work has been seen regionally, in the Netherlands and in Manhattan).

Tony Award-winning actress Ivey is emerging as a busy, coveted director. Among her directorial credits is Clark's play, Southern Comforts, seen at Primary Stages. She is scheduled to direct the Broadway musical, Vanities, also about three women, in 2008-09.



Soccer Mom features scenic design by Lex Liang, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, costume design by Elizabeth Flauto and sound design by Zach Williamson.

The producer is A-Frame Productions.

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Clark's Southern Comforts, directed by Ivey, was produced Off-Broadway in 2006-07 at Primary Stages with Penny Fuller and Larry Keith following a production at the Coconut Grove Playhouse with Hal Holbrook and Dixie Carter. Her Banner is scheduled for a production at the Hedgerow Theatre. Both Southern Comforts and Banner were developed at the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. Southern Comforts and Secrets of a Soccer Mom are published by Samuel French. Clark previously worked as an associate in the theatrical producing office of Jane Harmon Associates.

Ivey is the recipient of the Tony Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Obie Award, and countless others for her stage and film work as an actress. Her directing credits include The Butcher of Baraboo (Second Stage Uptown), Fugue (Cherry Lane Theatre), Southern Comforts (Primary Stages), Bad Dates (Northlight Theatre, Chicago & Laguna Playhouse), Steel Magnolias (Alley Theatre), More (Union Square Theatre & Falcon Theatre, Los Angeles), Two For the Seesaw (Westport Playhouse), The Go-For-It Guy (Aspen Comedy Festival), and Soccer Moms (Fleetwood Stage).

Tickets can be purchased at www.SecretsofaSoccerMom.com and via Ticketmaster.com at (212) 629-3700.

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The performance schedule includes many 11 AM matinees, perfect for what is apparently the target audience — moms with kids in school during the day.