Judith Ivey to Direct Fugue at Cherry Lane

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Judith Ivey will direct the New York premiere of Lee Thuna's play Fugue, which will run March 13-April 22 at Cherry Lane, with an opening on March 21.
Judith Ivey
Judith Ivey

The cast includes Charlotte Booker, Ari Butler, Lily Corvo, Liam Craig, Deirdre O'Connell, Danielle Skraastad, Rick Stear and Catherine Wolf.

Press notes describe the play as such: "A woman is found wandering in Chicago, her feet blistered and bloody. Doctors at the hospital immediately recognize this as a symptom of the 'fugue' state of amnesia, where the patient is literally running away from an intolerable memory. A young psychiatrist assigned to work with her is running from his own demons as well — a mistake he made with a patient which had a devastating effect on his own life."

Fugue won the American Theatre Critics Award for Best Play in Regional Theatre. The play has been performed in Syracuse, Cleveland and other cities around the country.

Scenic design is by Neil Patel, lighting design is by Pat Dignan, costume design is by Gail Cooper Hecht and sound design is by T. Richard Fitzgerald and Carl Casella.

Known primarily as an actress, Ivey's most recent credit as a director is Southern Comforts at Primary Stages. Ivey won Tony Awards for Best Featured Actress in a Play for both Steaming and Hurlyburly and the Obie Award for The Moonshot Tape. Her most recent Broadway role was Sally Durant Plummer in Follies in 2001. Her film acting credits include "The Devil's Advocate," "Washington Square," "Mystery, Alaska," "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and "Flags of our Fathers," and she has had stints in many television series, including "Designing Women." She was nominated for an Emmy for her performance in the television movie "What The Deaf Man Heard."

Thuna's writing credits include the Broadway plays The Natural Look and Let Me Hear You Smile (co-author) and the television adaptation of Maya Angelou's "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings."

Fugue will play Tuesdays at 7 PM, Wednesdays to Saturdays at 8 PM, with matinees Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.

The Cherry Lane is located at 38 Commerce Street in Manhattan. Tickets can be purchased through Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or at www.Telecharge.com. For more information visit www.cherrylanetheatre.org.

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