Cast Set for Upcoming Off-Broadway String of Pearls at Primary Stages, Sept. 15

News   Cast Set for Upcoming Off-Broadway String of Pearls at Primary Stages, Sept. 15
The quartet of women has been set for the cast of the upcoming Primary Stages' New York premiere of Michele Lowe's String of Pearls to begin previews Sept. 15 at the company's new home, 59E59 Theaters.
Mary Testa
Mary Testa

Eric Simonson will direct the work starring Antoinette LaVecchia (Magic Hands Freddy), Ellen McLaughlin (Angels in America, Helen), Mary Testa (42nd Street, On The Town) and Sharon Washington (House and Garden). The show will open Sept. 28 for run through Oct. 24. String of Pearls bands together the stories of over two dozen women, all connected to the titular necklace in some way. The tales between wife and husband, mother and daughter, friends, sisters and more weave a journey through love, loss, desire and destiny.

The design team for String of Pearls features Loy Arcenas (scenic), David Zinn (costume), D.M. Wood (lighting) and Lindsay Jones (sound).

Lowe made her Broadway debut with the play The Smell of the Kill. Other plays include Map of Heaven, Backsliding in the Promised Land, Germany Surrenders and the book and lyrics for the musical Hit the Lights! She is currently at work on a Geva Theatre Centre commission called Community Service.

Director Simonson had previously staged The Song of Jacob Zulu and performed in The Grapes of Wrath on Broadway. The Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member has also directed Work Song: Three Views of Frank Lloyd Wright, Moby Dick and Slaughterhouse-Five — all of which he has penned or adapted. The writer-director of the upcoming Carter's Way (with music by Darrell Leonard) also recently indulged Second Stage Theatre audiences with his tale of woe from Broadway's The Capeman in Fired!

Single tickets to String of Pearls at Primary Stages' 59E59 Theaters space, 59 East 59 Street (between Madison and Park Avenue) will be available Sept. 6 through (212-279-4200). Subscriptions are currently on sale. For more information, visit Primary Stages' website at

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