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News Amy Irving Provides A Safe Harbor for Elizabeth Bishop in Off-Broadway Solo Amy Irving stars as the title poet in Marta Góes' solo play A Safe Harbor for Elizabeth Bishop when the Primary Stages New York premiere staging begins March 21.
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Richard Jay-Alexander directs the work which opens March 30 for a limited run Off Broadway through April 30 at 59E59 Theaters. Primary Stages produces in association with Mahega Productions. Based on the life of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop, A Safe Harbor set itself on the shores of Rio, Seattle, New York, and Boston, as it retells the stories of "love, loss, politics, and sexual intrigue" as production notes state.

Irving has appeared on Broadway in Amadeus, Heartbreak House, Broken Glass and Three Sisters. The actress is perhaps best known for her Academy Award-nominated turn in "Yentl," and other screen roles in "Crossing Delancey," "A Show of Force," "I'm Not Rappaport," "Deconstructing Harry" and "Traffic."

The Michigan-born playwright Góes grew up in Petrópolis, near where Elizabeth Bishop lived in Brazil. She came to know Bishop through her poetry came while she worked as a journalist in São Paulo. She has written for a television series called "Malu Mulher" (Malu, a woman) and other plays, The Girl Who Said That, Just One More Moment and Tourists and Refugees.

Director Jay-Alexander appeared as an actor in the original casts of Broadway's Zoot Suit and Amadeus. He has served as associate director and executive producer on a number of productions including Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon and Five Guys Named Moe.

The creative team features designers Jeff Cowie (sets), Ilona Somogyi (costumes), Russell H. Champa (lights), Zachary Borovay (projections) and Fitz Patton (sound).

Tickets to Primary Stages' A Safe Harbor for Elizabeth Bishop at the 59E59 Theaters, at 59 East 59th Street, can be purchased by calling (212-279-4200) or at the box office. For more information, visit

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