By Carey Purcell
09 Sep 2013
"Back in 1962, most men went to the Catskill Mountains to escape the summer heat, but others took the two-hour drive to escape something else entirely: being men," press notes state. "Nestled in the land of dirty dancing and borscht belt comedy sat an inconspicuous bungalow colony that catered to a very special clientele: heterosexual men whose favorite pastime was dressing and acting as women. It was paradise for these men — white-collar professionals with families — to spend their weekends discreetly and safely inhabiting their chosen female alter egos. But when faced with the opportunity to become an official organization, these 'self-made women' had to decide whether public recognition would help them gain a place in open society or spell their own personal disaster."
Inspired by factual events, Fierstein's play is based on a true location, the Chevalier d’Eon resort – also known as Casa Susana – the subject of the 2005 Michael Hurst-Robert Swope photo book "Casa Susana," which features collection of intimate, candid and carefree snapshots of men in the 1950s-1960s who would gather at a rural home in New Jersey to dress and live as women.
Mantello's directing credits include I’ll Eat You Last, The Other Place, Dogfight, Other Desert Cities, The Pride, 9 to 5, November, Three Days of Rain, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross, Assassins, Wicked and Take Me Out.
Casting, creative team, and additional listings information for Casa Valentina will be announced at a later date.
Single tickets to Casa Valentina will go on sale Sept. 23. Subscriptions for MTC's 2013-2014 season are available by calling (212) 399-3050 or visiting ManhattanTheatreClub.com.