Broadway veteran Kevin O'Rourke and Karen Young of "The Sopranos" star in the Women's Project and Productions world premiere of Julie Jensen's Cheat. The post-World War II drama previews Oct. 10, then opens Oct. 16 for a run through Nov. 3 at the Women's Project Theatre.
In Cheat, the close of the second World War sets two women, Reva and Roxy, adrift. With the loss of their jobs at the munitions plant, they are suddenly forced to redefine their relationship, which may or may not make them lovers. Jensen also wrote the plays Two-Headed, Wait!, Last Lists of My Mad Mother and On Lincoln's Head.
O'Rourke appeared on Broadway as Gooper in the Kathleen Turner Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, as well as in Spoils of War and Alone Together. Young's other credits include Off-Broadway's The Wax and A Lie of the Mind. Also in the cast are Lucy Deakins (The Hands of Its Enemy, "As the World Turns") and Shayna Ferm (Boy Gets Girl, "Early Edition").
Joan Vail Thorne directs. She is the author of Exact Center of the Universe, which played WPP in spring, 1998 and transfered o the Century Theatre.
Tickets are $39. For reservations, call (212) 239-6200. Women's Project and Productions is on the web at http://www.womensproject.org. Founded in 1978 by current Artistic Director Julia Miles, Women's Projects and Productions is a non-profit Off-Broadway theatre dedicated to the development of new plays by women. Recent productions include Marlane Meyer's The Chemistry of Change, Joan Vail Thorne's The Exact Center of the Universe with Frances Sternhagen, Karen Hartman's Gum with Daphne Rubin-Vega and Bridgette A. Wimberly's Saint Lucy's Eyes with Ruby Dee, which moved to the Cherry Lane Theatre.
— By Christine Ehren