Annie Parisse Stars in Off-Broadway Debut of The Internationalist

By Ernio Hernandez
November 7, 2006

"Law & Order" actress Annie Parisse stars in the title role of Anne Washburn's The Internationalist, which officially opens Nov. 7 at the Vineyard Theatre.

Ken Rus Schmoll directs the play, previously seen Off-Off-Broadway in a 13P production. The new mounting, which began previews Oct. 19 at the downtown Off-Broadway venue, is currently slated to run through Nov. 26.

Parisse plays a beautiful female colleague opposite a young American businessman (played by Zak Orth). Their meeting at an airport begins a "surreal and unsettling journey in a country where he does not speak the language," according to a release.

Joining Parisse and Orth (Misalliance, Major Barbara) in the cast are Liam Craig (Aunt Dan and Lemon), Gibson Frazier (Heddatron), Nina Hellman (Trouble In Paradise) and Ken Marks (Stuff Happens, After The Fall).

The design team for The Internationalist features Andromache Chalfant (set), Michelle R. Phillips (costumes), Jeff Croiter (lighting) and Robert Kaplowitz (sound). Megan Smith is production stage manager.

On stage, Parisse has appeared in Coastal Disturbances at Berkshire Theatre Festival and Off-Broadway in Keith Bunin's The Credeaux Canvas at Playwrights Horizons. She is known for her stints on "Law & Order" and "As the World Turns" as well as roles in such films as "Monster-in-Law," "National Treasure," "Prime" and "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days."

Vineyard's 25th season continues with Tina Landau's staging of J.M. Barrie's Mary Rose (January/February 2007) and a developmental Lab Production Series run of Nicky Silver's The Agony and the Agony (spring 2007) staged by director Terry Kinney for Vineyard Theatre members only. A fourth production (to play in the spring of 2007) has yet to be announced.

Tickets for The Internationalist at the Vineyard Theatre, 108 East 15 St. are on sale through 212-353-0303. For more information, visit www.vineyardtheatre.org.