Edwin Cahill and Gardner Reed Co-Star in Off-Broadway's Zelda at the Oasis, Starting Nov. 16

By Andrew Gans
16 Nov 2012

Gardner Reed
Gardner Reed

Zelda at the Oasis, a new play about Zelda Fitzgerald, by P. H. Lin, begins Off-Broadway previews Nov. 16 at St. Luke's Theatre. 

Directed by Andy Sandberg, the production will officially open Dec. 4 at 7 PM. The open-ended engagement features Edwin Cahill and Gardner Reed.

"Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, wife of legendary American novelist, F. Scott Fitzgerald, wants nothing more than to be recognized as an artist in her own right," according to press notes. "Two things stand in her way: a growing mental instability and the overbearing shadow of her husband. On this magical night in the 1930s, Zelda discovers The Club Oasis, a New York City bar where she has escaped to drink alone…until a unique and unexpected friendship is forged with an aspiring musician who plays piano and tends bar at the Oasis. Vivid and haunting memories are triggered as Zelda transforms the Bar Man into those from her past who have shaped her own self-image. Through this after-hours encounter, they share their dreams, missteps, and insights with one another, hoping to unlock the courage to move forward with their lives."

Cahill, who plays the Bar Man, appeared on Broadway in LoveMusik and in the national tour of Sweeney Todd.



Reed is making her New York stage debut as Zelda Fitzgerald. Her previous credits include Mona in Find and Sign (Pioneer Theater Company), Inga Arvad in Inga Binga (Charleston Stage), The Women in 39 Steps (Portland Stage Company), Abigail in The Crucible (Actors Theatre of Louisville) and Jackie-O in The House of Yes (Red Envelope Productions).

The production also features set design by Colin McGurk, costume design by Dustin Cross, lighting by Grant Yeager and sound design by Daniel Melnick with choreography by Elisabetta Spuria. The general manager is Jessimeg Productions, and the production stage manager is Shelby Taylor Love. Casting is by Michael Cassara, CSA.

Show times are Friday at 5 PM and Tuesday at 7 PM. St. Luke's Theatre is at 308 W. 46th Street.

Tickets at $59.50 and $37.50 are available through TeleCharge at telecharge.com or (212) 239-6200.