PHOTO CALL: Judith Light, Amber Tamblyn and Chandler Williams at Opening of Bethany
By Joseph Marzullo
Women's Project Theater's world premiere of Laura Marks' dark comedy Bethany, starring America Ferrera, Emily Ackerman, Kristin Griffith, Ken Marks, Tobias Segal and Myra Lucretia Taylor, opened Off-Broadway Jan. 20 following previews from Jan. 11. Gaye Taylor Upchurch (Off-Broadway's Bluebird and Harper Regan) directs the play set in an American exurb that has been wiped out by foreclosures.
"Ferrera stars as a financially-strapped woman who discovers just how far she'll go to regain what she has lost," according to WPT. Performances play New York City Center Stage II.
Ferrera (an Emmy Award winner for "Ugly Betty") was last seen on the New York stage in the 2005 Off-Broadway production of Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead. She was recently seen on stage in London where she starred as Roxie Hart in an eight-week run in the West End production of Chicago. Ferrera recently wrapped production on Diego Luna's biopic, "Chavez," about civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez (she plays his wife, Helen).
Playwright Laura Marks is an alumna of the Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group and the Juilliard School. Bethany won the Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Women Writers as well as Synchronicity Theatre's SheWrites Award, and was chosen by John Guare as runner-up for Yale's David C. Horn Prize. Marks holds a new play commission from South Coast Repertory and is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.
The production team includes Lauren Helpern (set design), Sarah Holden (costume designer), Mark Barton (lighting designer) and Leon Rothenberg (sound designer). Jess Johnston is stage manager.
Performances play to Feb. 17. City Center Stage II is located at 131 West 55th Street. For more information and tickets, call (212) 581-1212 or visit WomensProject.org.
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