First New York Revival of Tina Howe's Painting Churches Opens Off-Broadway March 6

News   First New York Revival of Tina Howe's Painting Churches Opens Off-Broadway March 6
Tony Award nominee Kathleen Chalfant, Drama Desk winner John Cunningham and Kate Turnbull star in the Keen Company revival of Tina Howe's Painting Churches, which officially opens Off-Broadway March 6.

Kathleen Chalfant and John Cunningham
Kathleen Chalfant and John Cunningham Photo by Carol Rosegg

Keen Company artistic director Carl Forsman helms the 1983 play that began previews Feb. 14 for a run through April 22. It marks the first New York revival of Howe's play.

Turnbull, who appeared regionally in Maple and Vine and Doubt, plays the daughter of Tony Award nominee Chalfant (Wit, Angels in America) and Cunningham (Cabaret, Design for Living).

Here's how the Keen Company bills the play: "In Painting Churches, we meet the Church family: Fanny (Chalfant) and Gardner (Cunningham). They are packing, about to move to a beach home on Cape Cod. Gardner is a poet and Fanny is from a 'fine old family.' Their daughter Margaret (Turnbull), an artist who lives in New York, has arrived to help them pack and paint their portrait."

The production team includes Beowulf Boritt (scenic design), Josh Bradford (lighting design), Jennifer Paar (costume design), Ryan Rumery (sound design) and Ricola Wille (prop design).

Painting Churches premiered Off-Broadway Feb. 8, 1983, at the McGinn-Cazale Theatre, produced by Second Stage. It transferred to the Lamb's Theatre where it ran for 206 performances. Painting Churches was filmed for PBS' "American Playhouse" starring Sada Thompson, Donald Moffat and Roxanne Hart.

The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues. For tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or visit

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