MultiStages presents the work directed by the artistic director Lorca Peress and featuring music by David Amram. The show is slated to open April 28 for a run through May 13.
Baker stars opposite newcomer Candice Waugh Myers in the production which employs "DVD imagery, masks, dance and music" to tell the story of the troubled young African-American woman of the title (Myers) who discovers her Native American origin. With her adoptive mother — an eccentric former stage star whose career never allowed for a true bond — she sets out to discover her ancestry.
Also featured in the cast are Carlos Fittante, Cüneyit Acar, Natasa Babic, James Birch, Belén Cascón, Goncalo Faria, Yuki Kawahisa, Nadia Rahman and Saskia Seligman.
The design team for Knowing Bliss features Elisabeth Fraller (visual), Peter Janis (set/ costumes), Tito Bisono (lighting) and Peress (mask). Sara Bancroft serves as stage manager.
Baker appeared in the original Broadway staging of Edward Albee's Lolita in the title role and in the original productions of Steel Magnolias and Poor Little Lambs. Her film credits include a turn as Molly Ringwald's older sister in "Sixteen Candles" as well as "The Handmaid's Tale" and "The Seduction of Joe Tynan." She earned an Emmy Award for her work in the mini-series "Holocaust." Tickets to Knowing Bliss at Teatro La Tea, 107 Suffolk Street (between Rivington and Delancy) are available by calling (212) 868-4444.