Film Adaptation of Harvey Fierstein's Casa Valentina May Be in the Works

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14 May 2014

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A film adaptation of Harvey Fierstein's Tony-nominated play Casa Valentina is under discussion, Deadline.com reports.

Whether the film will be made for the big screen or cable has yet to be determined.

The new play about an upstate colony where heterosexual men dress as women officially opened on Broadway April 23 at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, following previews that began April 1. It was recently extended through June 29. 

Casa Valentina received four Tony Award nominations, including Best Play. 

Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Wicked), Casa Valentina features Patrick Page (A Time to Kill, Spider-Man Turn off the Dark) as George/Valentina and Tony Award winner John Cullum (Shenandoah, On the Twentieth Century) as Terrence/Terry as well as 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.



Read Playbill.com's Brief Encounter with Gabriel Ebert

"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."

Read critics' reviews of Casa Valentina.

Four-time Tony winner Fierstein's playwriting credits include Kinky Boots, Newsies, Torch Song Trilogy, La Cage aux Folles and A Catered Affair. His stage credits include Hairspray, Fiddler On The Roof, La Cage aux Folles and Torch Song Trilogy. He has performed in the films "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Independence Day" and the TV shows "Smash," "How I Met Your Mother," "The Good Wife," "Cheers," "The Simpsons" and "Nurse Jackie."

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.

The creative team includes Scott Pask (scenic design), Rita Ryack (costume design), Justin Townsend (lighting design), Fitz Patton (original music and sound design), Jason Hayes (hair, wig and makeup design) and Thomas Schall (fight direction).

Casa Valentina is produced by Manhattan Theatre Club, by special arrangement with Colin Callender, Robert Cole, Frederick Zollo and The Shubert Organization.

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 2013-14 season are available by calling (212) 399-3050 or visiting ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

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