Jean-Claude van Itallie’s The Fat Lady Sings to Premiere at La MaMa | Playbill

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Off-Broadway News Jean-Claude van Itallie’s The Fat Lady Sings to Premiere at La MaMa New York City Opera's Lauren Flanigan will star in the world premiere at the Tony-winning downtown theatre.
Lauren Flanigan

La MaMa will premiere Jean-Claude van Itallie’s The Fat Lady Sings in its Downstairs Theater this March. The new play is centered on a white authoritarian evangelical family whose father bares a resemblance to the current President.

The world premiere of The Fat Lady Sings will be directed by Drama Desk Award winner David Schweizer and will run March 21–April 7.

The cast will be led by New York City Opera star Lauren Flanigan and Tony Torn, who will be joined by Jake Horowitz, Nancy McArthur, and Jose Useche.

The Fat Lady Sings is billed as an examination of the flawed belief systems that have brought America to its knees. The family at the center of the play lives out its excruciating and abusive confusion of real and virtual on an ancient, dream-like, falling-apart ship of false notions. Filled with rage, despair, and denial and exploited by politicians, preachers, and commercial corporations, they careen toward catastrophe but also, cathartic change.

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