Frozen Director Gets Engaged as Farce Plays Off-Broadway, April 20-May 16

By Ernio Hernandez
20 Apr 2004

Doug Hughes — currently garnering praise for his direction of Frozen, which will transfer to Broadway — directs Theatre for a New Audience's staging of the W.S. Gilbert farce Engaged, starting previews April 20.



The work, which was to be directed by the late two-time Tony Award winner Gerald Gutierrez (The Heiress, A Delicate Balance), will open April 29 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. The run is set through May 16 with a possible extension to May 23.

Engaged will star Danielle Ferland, Maggie Lacey, John Horton, David Don Miller and Sloane Shelton — who were cast by Gutierrez before his passing. They are joined by Nicole Lowrance, Caitlin Muelder, James Gale, Jeremy Shamos and John Christopher Jones.

The design team (also assembled by Gutierrez) include John Lee Beatty (sets), Catherine Zuber (costumes), Rui Rita (lighting) and Guy Sherman (sound).

Engaged was penned in 1877 by half of the famous Gilbert and Sullivan team. The satire involves three young couples who deal with train wrecks, mistaken identities, con artists and marriage proposals in their search of money and matrimony.

Hughes recently directed the well-received Off-Broadway stagings of The Beard of Avon for New York Theatre Workshop and Frozen for MCC Theatre — the later will make the leap to Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre, opening May 4 as the penultimate play of the season. Hughes also served as artistic director of the Long Wharf Theatre from 1997 to 2001.

Engaged will end the TFANA 25th season which included The Last Letter adapted and directed by Frederick Wiseman and Shakespeare's Pericles directed by Bartlett Sher.

For tickets to Engaged at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street in New York City, call (212) 239-6200. For more information, visit www.tfana.org.