Bianca Amato and James Waterston Will Star in Noël Coward's Private Lives at Shakespeare Theatre Company

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07 May 2014

Private Lives, Noël Coward's comedy of manners, will play Shakespeare Theatre Company, closing out its 2013-14 season.

Directed by Tony nominee Maria Aitken (The 39 Steps, Man and Boy), the production will begin performances May 29 and continue through July 13 at the Lansburgh Theatre.

Private Lives will feature Bianca Amato (Arcadia, The Coast of Utopia) as Amanda, James Waterston (An Enemy of the People, "The Good Wife") as Elyot, Autumn Hurlbert (Legally Blonde) as Sybil, Jane Ridley as Louise and Jeremy Webb as Victor.

"Maria Aitken is the foremost interpreter as an actress of Noël Coward in our time," artistic director Michael Kahn said in a statement. "When I saw her production in Boston, it was a beautiful treat and is an excellent send up to Coward's aesthetic."

"Noël Coward's quick-witted comedy opens in a blissful hotel in France where divorcées Elyot and Amanda are on honeymoon with their new spouses," press notes state. "One evening, the ex-couple discover each other on neighboring balconies and as they try to maintain a veneer of etiquette and respectability, old feelings make matters complicated. What follows is a boxing match of words, manners laced with subtext and glamour that rendered this play as the epitome of Noël Coward's style and technique. Private Lives is a witty and irreverent play about the people we cannot live with or without."



Private Lives will feature scenic design by Allen Moyer, costume design by Candice Donnelly, lighting design by Philip S. Rosenberg, sound design by Rob Milburn and musical arrangements by Michael Bodeen. Daniel Pelzig is choreographer, Ted Hewlett is fight choreographer, Ellen O'Brien is head of voice, and Barbara Irvine is music director.

The creative team also includes literary associate Drew Lichtenberg, assistant director Gus Heagerty, production stage manager Leslie Sears and assistant stage manager Elizabeth Clewley.

Tickets and more information can be found by calling (202) 547-1122 or visiting ShakespeareTheatre.org.