Irena's Vow Extends Through Nov. 25

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28 Oct 2008

Promotional art for <I>Irena's Vow.</I>
Promotional art for Irena's Vow.
Tim Knox

The world-premiere engagement of Dan Gordon's Irena's Vow at the Baruch Performing Arts Center has been extended nearly three weeks.

Four-time Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh stars in the production, which began previews Sept. 7, opened Sept. 22 and was originally scheduled to run through Nov. 2. Because of ticket demand, the limited run will now play through Nov. 25, according to Variety. The industry paper also reports that the production is "rumored to be cooking up plans for a Broadway transfer."

As previously announced, performances through the original closing date, Nov. 2, are completely sold out. A cancellation line forms before each performance.

Joining Feldshuh onstage are Sandi Carroll, Tracee Chimo, Steven Hauck, Scott Klavan, Peter Reznikoff, Thomas Ryan, Gene Silvers, John Stanisci and Maja Wampuszyc. Michael Parva directs.

The new play, according to press notes, is "the riveting, life affirming story about one of the most courageous and unsung heroines of World War II. During the German occupation of Poland, Irena Gut Opdyke, a Polish catholic, was forced to work as head housekeeper for a very prominent German major. Over a two year period of service, Irena would risk her own life in order to protect the lives of twelve Jewish refugees whom she secretly took under her care. Irena's Vow is the extraordinary true story of one woman's choice and the twelve lives that would ultimately be saved — or lost — by her decision."



The design team comprises Kevin Judge (scenic design), David Castaneda (lighting design), Astrid Brucker (costume design), Quentin Chiappetta (sound design/composer) and Alex Koch (projection design).

Tovah Feldshuh received Tony Award nominations for her work in Golda's Balcony, Yentl, Sarava and Lend Me a Tenor. Her theatre roles have also garnered the actress four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, an Obie and a Theatre World Award.

Tickets are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or by visiting the Baruch Performing Arts Center box office, located at 55 Lexington Avenue at 25th Street.