Christine Lahti Will Star in Paul Downs Colaizzo's Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill at the Signature

By Andrew Gans
August 29, 2013

Virginia's Signature Theatre will present the world premiere of Paul Downs Colaizzo's Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill Oct. 15-Dec. 8 in the ARK Theatre.



Directed by Shakespeare Theatre Company artistic director Michael Kahn, the production will star Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Christine Lahti ("Running on Empty," "Swing Shift," "Chicago Hope"). Casting for the remaining three roles will be announced shortly.

Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill, according to press notes, "invites audiences into the well-groomed, meticulously peaceful world of the American suburbs. The Falls of Autry Mill is the most desired zipcode in town. From the outside, the flawless neighborhood glitters with elegant roman column porches and exquisitely manicured lawns. However, demons lurk behind the designer window treatments when one seemingly-perfect family disintegrates from the inside out. In this vicious and gripping play, Colaizzo rips the façade off of America’s privileged suburbia with his trademark brutal honesty."

“This is the story of a family that looks normal on the surface but suffers huge complications underneath, many of which I think we all have and can relate to,” director Kahn said in a statement. “There are secrets in this family, as in all great family plays. And these secrets bring plenty of surprise.”

The production marks the theatre’s second collaboration with 27-year-old playwright Colaizzo, whose play Really Really was a hit at Signature last winter. Really Really ran Off-Broadway at MCC Theater in March following an extended run at Signature.

Single tickets will go on sale Sept. 13. Signature Theatre is located at 4200 Campbell Avenue (22206) off I-395 at the Shirlington exit. For more information visit signature-theatre.org.