New Play About the Little-Known "First Woman President" Sets George Street Bow Prior to New York

News   New Play About the Little-Known "First Woman President" Sets George Street Bow Prior to New York
Tony winner Joe DiPietro's The Second Mrs. Wilson, which made its world premiere at the Long Wharf Theatre, is the final addition to the George Street Playhouse's 2015-16 season.

Long Wharf artistic director Gordon Edelstein will direct the production, which will play the New Jersey venue Nov. 10-29 in advance of "an anticipated New York run in 2016," according to a press statement.

Casting will be announced at a later time.

Mrs. Wilson takes the slot previously occupied by My Name is Asher Lev. Aaron Posner’s adaptation of the Chaim Potok novel instead will end the George Street season, running April 12-May 1, 2016.

"We are so excited to welcome Joe DiPietro in his fifth production at George Street," stated George Street artistic director David Saint. "I am equally as thrilled to welcome Gordon here to direct – I have wanted to get him to come to New Brunswick for some time. And with the possibility of a female president in the future, the show is timely as well."

The Second Mrs. Wilson is described as "the story of the woman who many believed served as the first female President. It is April 1915. President Woodrow Wilson (former New Jersey Governor and Princeton University President), reeling from the loss of his wife, meets, falls in love with and marries Edith Galt. She very quickly becomes important – and influential – to her husband, and inconvenient to his circle of advisors. With the first World War looming, the President falls ill, and it is left to Edith to outsmart the men of Washington who would derail her beloved husband’s dream of world peace and the League of Nations. But will her unstinting devotion to her husband’s ideals be their downfall?" This will mark DiPietro's fifth show at George Street following The Toxic Avenger, Creating Claire, Clever Little Lies and Ernest Shackleton Loves Me. He is a two-time Tony Award winner for Memphis, which also received the 2010 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical. He received a Tony nomination and Drama Desk Award for Nice Work If You Can Get It.

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