Blair Brown Recruits Off-Broadway Cast for Ayvazian's Lovely Day | Playbill

News Blair Brown Recruits Off-Broadway Cast for Ayvazian's Lovely Day
Deirdre O'Connell, David Rasche and Harry Zittel will star in the upcoming The Play Company presentation of Lovely Day directed by Blair Brown.
Blair Brown
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The New York premiere of the Leslie Ayvazian work will play Jan. 12-Feb. 12, 2006 at Theatre Row's Beckett Theatre. Ayvazian — who recently appeared in Broadway's A Naked Girl on the Appian Way — pens this new work which finds a couple celebrating their wedding anniversary, "when an army recruiter visits their son's high school [and] they find themselves on opposite sides of one of the most profound questions any mother or father will face." The battle between parent and patriot comes into play.

The cast of Lovely Day features Deirdre O'Connell (Manic Flight Reaction, Cavedweller) and David Rasche (Getting and Spending, Speed the Plow) as the parents and Harry Zittel (Privilege, "As The World Turns") as the young man.

The design team includes David Korins (set), Michael Krass (costumes), Paul Whitaker (lighting) and Darron L West (sound).

Brown — the Tony Award-winning actress of Copenhagen — is also known for her television title role in "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd." Her most recent New York stage appearance was in Humble Boy at Manhattan Theatre Club. Other credits also include James Joyce's The Dead, Arcadia, The Threepenny Opera and The Secret Rapture. She will appear in the upcoming Huntington Theatre Company staging of Sisters Rosensweig.

The Play Company recently co-presented Terrorism Off-Broadway with The New Group and will next present the New York premiere of Roland Schimmelpfenning's Arabian Night in their new season as directed by Trip Cullman (Dog Sees God, Roulette, Last Sunday in June).

Tickets to Lovely Day at The Beckett at Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street (between Ninth and Tenth Ave.), can be purchased by calling (212) 279-4200. For more information on The Play Company, visit them on the web at

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