Lives of Barbara Hutton and Brenda Frazier Inspire Debutante, Beginning April 24 in NYC

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24 Apr 2014

Debutante, a new play by Ryann Weir that is inspired by the lives of real-life debutantes Barbara Hutton and and Brenda Frazier, begins performances April 24 in New York City.

Created and directed by Annie Tippe, Debutante returns following an earlier presentation as part of Ars Nova's ANT Fest in June 2013. It is produced by Robb Nanus (Andrew Lippa's I Am Harvey Milk). Performances continue through May 10 at the Bernie Wohl Center.

The cast features Elizabeth Alderfer ("The Good Wife"), Eshan Bay ("House of Cards"), Anna Abhau Elliott (Home/Sick), Lena Hudson, Keilly McQuail (The Death of Bessie Smith), Ben Otto (Byuioo), Ronald Peet (The Golem of Havana), Rochelle Slovin and Liza de Weerd ("The Following").

Here's how it's billed: "Debutante follows the preparations and ultimate debut of a group of restless young heiresses living in decadence during a worldwide financial crisis. Through late night bike rides, TAB soda overdoses, and Jazzercise sessions inspired by the soap opera 'Dynasty,' these poor little rich girls come of age as they come out to the world. At its heart, it is an unexpectedly loving portrait of a group of young women anxious to find theirworth in a world defined by the almighty dollar."

Debutante has scenic design by Daniel Dabdoub, costume design by Maria Hooper, lighting design by Joe Cantalupo, sound design by Jerome Ellis, hair and makeup design by Christian Edwards and projections by Ivaylo Getov. Sarah Rose Leonard serves as dramaturg.



For tickets and further information, visit debutanteplay.com. The Bernie Wohl Center is located at 647 Columbus Avenue.