By Carey Purcell
06 Feb 2014
Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Wicked), Casa Valentina will begin previews at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre April 1, prior to an official Broadway opening April 23.
Along with the previously reported Patrick Page (A Time to Kill, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark) as George/Valentina and John Cullum (Shenandoah, On the Twentieth Century) as Terrence/Terry, the cast will include Drama Desk Award winner Reed Birney (Taking Care of Baby, Blasted) as Isadore/Charlotte, Tony Award winner Gabriel Ebert (Matilda The Musical, 4000 Miles) as Jonathon/Miranda, Obie Award winner Lisa Emery (Lonely, I'm Not; Iron) as Eleanor, Tony Award nominee Tom McGowan (Wicked, "Everybody Loves Raymond") as Albert/Bessie, Larry Pine (The Royal Family, "House of Cards") as Judge/Amy, Drama Desk Award winner Nick Westrate (Loot, Tribes) as Michael/Gloria and Emmy Award winner and Oscar nominee Mare Winningham (Picnic, Tribes) as Rita.
"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."
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.
Tickets to Casa Valentina are available via Telecharge at (212) 239-6200, online by visiting Telecharge.com, or by visiting the Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th St.).
Subscriptions for MTC's 2013-2014 season are available by calling (212) 399-3050 or visiting ManhattanTheatreClub.com.