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News Into the Woods' Franz to Star in Fair Game Off-Broadway Joy Franz, who appeared in both the original Into the Woods Broadway company and the musical's 2002 revival, will star in Fair Game, "a new play about a female presidential candidate and the scandals that could ruin her."
Joy Franz
Joy Franz

Franz will portray presidential candidate Governor Karen Werthman in Karl Gajdusek's work, which will begin previews Aug. 17 at Theatre Row's Lion Theatre. Directed by Andrew Volkoff, the production will play a limited engagement through Sept. 7 with an official opening Aug. 20. Franz will be joined onstage by Caralyn Kozlowski, Brian Sgambati, Sarah-Doe Osborne and Ray McDavitt. The creative team also includes Brian Prather (set design), Jim Milkey (lighting design), Matt O'Hare (sound design) and Matthew Hemesath (costume design).

"In this ripped-from-the-headlines play," read Fair Game press notes, "Governor Karen Werthman is running for the highest office in the land, when her son - a professor at Princeton - returns home, embroiled in a scandal. In the hands of her spin-master campaign manager the scandal is squelched…but at what cost to the candidate."

Joy Franz has been seen on Broadway in Into the Woods, Open Admissions, Musical Chairs, Pippin and Guys and Dolls. Her regional credits include roles in Company, A Little Night Music and The Gingerbread Lady.

Show times are Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. Tickets, priced $18, are available by calling (212) 279-4200 or by visiting

Theatre Row's Lion Theatre is located at 410 West 42nd Street.

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