Off-Broadway Has a Lovely Day as Blair Brown Directs Leslie Ayvazian Work

News   Off-Broadway Has a Lovely Day as Blair Brown Directs Leslie Ayvazian Work
The Play Company presentation of Lovely Day opens Off-Broadway Jan. 22 with Blair Brown directing stars Deirdre O'Connell, David Rasche and Javier Picayo.

The New York premiere by Leslie Ayvazian, a writer-actress who recently appeared in Broadway's A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, began performances Jan. 12 at Theatre Row's Beckett Theatre for a run through Feb. 12.

In Lovely Day, a couple is celebrating their wedding anniversary, "when an army recruiter visits their son's high school [and] they find themselves on opposite sides of one of the most profound questions any mother or father will face." The battle between parent and patriot comes into play.

The cast features Deirdre O'Connell (Manic Flight Reaction, Cavedweller) and David Rasche (Getting and Spending, Speed the Plow) as the parents and Javier Picayo ("Little Fugitive," "Maid in Manhattan") as the young man.

The design team includes David Korins (set), Michael Krass (costumes), Paul Whitaker (lighting) and Darron L West (sound).

Brown, the Tony Award-winning actress of Copenhagen, is also known for her television title role in "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd." Her most recent New York stage appearance was in Humble Boy at Manhattan Theatre Club. Other credits also include James Joyce's The Dead, Arcadia, The Threepenny Opera and The Secret Rapture. Last season, The Play Company co-presented Terrorism Off-Broadway with The New Group. Up next for the troupe will be the New York premiere of Roland Schimmelpfenning's Arabian Night as directed by Trip Cullman (Dog Sees God, Roulette, Last Sunday in June).

Tickets to Lovely Day at The Beckett at Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street (between Ninth and Tenth Avenues), can be purchased by calling (212) 279-4200. For more information on The Play Company, visit

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