Gordon Penning Screen Adaptation of Irena's Vow; Will Feldshuh Star?

News   Gordon Penning Screen Adaptation of Irena's Vow; Will Feldshuh Star?
Dan Gordon is currently penning the screen adaptation of Irena's Vow, his new play currently in previews at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

Irena's Vow star Tovah Feldshuh
Irena's Vow star Tovah Feldshuh

The playwright, according to The New York Times, will also direct the motion picture. Filming for the independently produced movie is expected to begin in the fall.

Unlike the play, which features only one actress in the title role (Tovah Feldshuh as Irena Gut Opdyke), the film will have two Irenas: a younger version for the film's war-time scenes and an older actress, similar to Feldshuh's stage character.

Gordon told the Times there has been no decision as to whether Feldshuh would re-create her role on screen. "You have to buy and believe that this young woman you are looking at will age into this older woman," Gordon told the Times. "If it's not believable that the young Irena turns into the older Irena, then we have a problem. That said, I would love to have Tovah in the film."

Gordon did confirm that he has approached Scarlett Johansson to play the younger Irena and could envision a Johansson-Feldshuh pairing. "I could buy that in a heartbeat, I would buy that in a New York minute," Gordon said. "Just look at pictures of Tovah in the blonde wig in 'Irena's Vow' and pictures of Scarlett. For sure."

Directed by Michael Parva, Dan Gordon's play will officially open at the Kerr March 29. Irena's Vow, according to production notes, "is the uplifting true story about one of the most courageous and unsung heroines of World War II. During the German occupation of Poland, Irena Gut Opdyke (Feldshuh), a Polish Catholic, was forced to work as head housekeeper for a very prominent Nazi major. Over a two year period of service, Irena would risk her own life in order to save the lives of twelve Jewish refugees whom she secretly took under her care. Irena's Vow is the extraordinary story of one woman's choice and the twelve lives that would ultimately be saved – or lost - by her decision."

Tovah Feldshuh received Tony Award nominations for her work in Golda's Balcony, Yentl, Sarava and Lend Me a Tenor. Her theatre roles have also garnered the actress four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, an Obie and a Theatre World Award.

Tickets, priced $41-$98, are available by visiting Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200. The Walter Kerr Theatre is located in Manhattan at 219 West 48th Street.

For more information visit www.irenasvow.com.

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