Broadway Veteran Joy Franz Will Star in NYC Revival of 'night, Mother

By Andrew Gans
March 25, 2013

The White Horse Theater Company, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary season, will present a new production of Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play 'night, Mother May 3-19 at the Hudson Guild Theatre.



Directed by Cyndy A. Marion, the two-person drama will star Broadway veteran Joy Franz as Thelma, with Laura Siner playing daughter Jessie.

Winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize, 'night, Mother, according to press notes, tells the story of "a seemingly regular Saturday evening in rural America at the ranch-style farmhouse that Thelma occupies with her middle-aged daughter, Jessie. Down on her luck, Jessie is divorced, cannot hold down a job, suffers from epilepsy and has a runaway son turned petty criminal. She’s moved back in with her mother and has been helping to take care of Thelma and the house. The evening starts off normally until Jessie inquires about the whereabouts of her deceased father's gun. Thelma asks what she needs it for and so begins a battle for control and understanding between mother and daughter that changes their relationship forever."

Joy Franz appeared in the original Broadway cast of Into the Woods as Cinderella’s Stepmother. She also appeared in the 2002 Tony-winning revival of Into the Woods. The actress portrayed Susan in the original West End productions of Company and Damn Yankees (as Meg Boyd) with Jerry Lewis. She also appeared in the original Broadway runs of Pippin (as Catherine) and A Little Night Music (as Mrs. Nordstrom) and is a company member of Marvell Rep.

The creative team includes Vanessa Bombardieri (dramaturg), Brooke Harbaugh (assistant director), Elliot Lanes (stage manager), Katie Chew (assistant stage manager), Randall Parsons (set design), Debra Leigh Siegel (lighting design), Derek Nye Lockwood (costume design), Joe Gianono (composer), Colin Whitely (sound design), Michael G. Chin (fight choreographer) and Julie Foh (dialect coach).

Performances will play Tuesdays-Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. There is also a Saturday matinee May 18 at 2 PM.

Hudson Guild Theatre is located at 441 West 26th Street. Tickets, priced at $18, can be purchased online at www.smarttix.com. For more information visit WhiteHorseTheater.com.

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Founded in 2003, White Horse Theater Company is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to producing and developing American plays. They "seek to investigate and celebrate American culture by re- examining American classics and nurturing new American voices. They aim to shed new light on seldom-produced works or revitalize masterworks making their productions accessible to both the general public and a scholarly audience."