Marie Antoinette Will Play Off-Broadway Beginning June 26

News   Marie Antoinette Will Play Off-Broadway Beginning June 26
Joel Gross' historical drama Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh – which played a limited New York engagement in 2007 — will begin an open-ended run Off-Broadway June 26.

Briana Seferian and Earl Productions (A Brush with Georgia O'Keeffe) produce the Off-Broadway run that will officially open at St. Luke's Theatre July 10. The production will again be directed by Chelsea Theatre founder Robert Kalfin (Yentl, Happy End, Outward Bound).

The Off-Broadway run reunites the 2007 New York cast, including Samantha Ives, Amanda Jones and Jonathan Kells Phillips, with the addition of Hugo Salazar, Jr.

Marie Antoinette spans 20 years and tells of a "fictionalized love triangle between Queen Marie Antoinette, her portraitist, the renowned beauty Elisabeth Louise Vigee-Le Brun and Count Alexis de Ligne, an aristocrat and political radical," press notes state. "In the early years of their relationship with 'Toinette' both the talented painter and the politically passionate Count use the naive young Queen to further their ambitions. Both learn to love the woman they are exploiting even as their actions encourage the revolution that takes her life."

Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh made its Florida premiere at the Caldwell Studio Theatre this past winter. The New Jersey Repertory Theatre originally produced the work in 2003 prior to a New York bow at the 45th Street Theatre in 2007.

The drama has played international engagements in Spain and is eyeing an Australian run. Among the actors who have participated in readings of the work include Julia Roberts, Elisabeth Shue and Dustin Hoffman. Gross has also penned screenplays for "No Escape," "Blind Man's Bluff" and the upcoming film "Galahad." He is currently in development for a new musical (with composer/lyricist Paul Aleman) based on the life of Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger.

Tickets are available by phoning (212) 239-6200 or by visiting St. Luke's Theatre is located at 308 West 46th Street in Manhattan.

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