Kathleen Turner Takes Helm of Off-Broadway Play as Director and Co-Star Deborah Cox Depart

News   Kathleen Turner Takes Helm of Off-Broadway Play as Director and Co-Star Deborah Cox Depart Two-time Tony nominee Kathleen Turner, who is slated to star in the new Off-Broadway play Would You Still Love Me If…, has now taken over as director of the project that will premiere this fall. It has also been announced that Grammy nominee Deborah Cox has departed the production.

Nona Gerard was originally announced to direct John S. Anastasi's play that focuses on one member of a lesbian couple who decides to undergo gender reassignment surgery. A reason was not given for Gerard's departure from the drama. Cox has exited the play "due to increasing conflicts with the play’s October performance schedule," according to the show's rep. Roya Shanks joins the cast in her place.

Would You Still Love Me If… will begin previews Sept. 26 prior to an official opening Oct. 10 at New World Stages. The production also features Rebecca Brooksher and Sofia Jean Gomez.

Brooksher and Gomez will play the lesbian couple with Turner as the mother of the young woman who is contemplating the surgery and Shanks as the surgeon.

Designing the production will be Brian Prather (scenic design), Zach Blane (lighting design) and Tristan Raines (costume design). Kelly Genovese and Carolyn Reich will stage manage. Casting is by Jeff and Liz Pessaro (Passero Casting).

Producers are Robert Levinstein and Alan Wager of 22Q Entertainment. Anastasi is also the author of Pied a Terre and I Forgive You, Ronald Reagan.

Tickets are $79.50 and available at Telecharge or at the New World Stages box office.

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