A Bachelorette Party Is Crashed in NYC Bow of Comedy, Opening July 26

News   A Bachelorette Party Is Crashed in NYC Bow of Comedy, Opening July 26
The New York premiere of Leslye Headland's Bachelorette, starring Tony Award nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger and Carmen M. Herlihy as attendees of a bachelorette party that goes bad, opens July 26 at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre as part of Second Stage Uptown series.

Katherine Waterston and Celia Keenan-Bolger
Katherine Waterston and Celia Keenan-Bolger Photo by Joan Marcus

Previews began July 12. A one-week extension was recently announced, to Aug. 14. Trip Cullman (Some Men, Swimming in the Shallows) directs the play.

Herlihy (Buffalo Gal, columbinus) plays a bride-to-be in a cast that features Keenan-Bolger (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Tracee Chimo (Circle Mirror Transformation), Fran Kranz (Bright Room Called Day), Eddie Kaye Thomas ("American Pie") and Katherine Waterston (Reborning).

According to Second Stage, "On the eve of her wedding, Becky has arranged the perfect bachelorette celebration — but after two party crashers, one manipulative maid of honor, and a bathtub of booze, things don't go according to plan."

Designing the production are Andromache Chalfant (set design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), Emily Rebholz (costume design) and Jill DuBoff (sound design).

Headland earned a B.F.A. in drama from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She studied directing at Playwrights Horizons Theater School, where she was awarded the Robert Moss Prize. She is the artist-in-residence at the IAMA Theatre Company in Los Angeles. Her playwriting credits include the "Seven Deadly Plays," which explores "ancient vices in an unfortunately modern generation." The series includes Cinephilia (lust), Bachelorette (gluttony), Assistance (greed), Surfer Girl (sloth) and Reverb (wrath). She is currently writing for the new FX series "Terriers," created by screenwriter Ted Griffin ("Ocean's 11") and produced by Shawn Ryan ("The Shield"). Tickets for Bachelorette at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, located on Broadway (at 76th Street, 3rd floor) in Manhattan, can be purchased by calling (212) 246-4422. For more information, visit 2ST.com.

* Created as a program "to help develop and provide exposure for the voices of a new generation of theatre artists," the Second Stage Theatre Uptown Series "seeks to develop the skills of emerging playwrights, to provide early-career artists with the support of a major artistic institution, and to create new plays for the American Theatre." Each show has a limited rehearsal period, as well as a streamlined budget. The series has helped launch and advance the careers of several up-and-coming playwrights, including Rajiv Joseph (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Animals Out of Paper), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Good Boys and True, HBO's "Big Love"), Adam Bock (The Receptionist, The Drunken City) and Brooke Berman (Hunting and Gathering).

Eddie Kaye Thomas and Tracee Chimo
Eddie Kaye Thomas and Tracee Chimo
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