Over the Tavern Writer Has New Catholic Comedy, Hail Mary!, Opening Buffalo Studio Arena Season

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Studio Arena Theatre in Buffalo, the company that had smash successes with Tom Dudzick's trilogy that began with Over the Tavern, will stage the world premiere of the playwright's Hail Mary! in 2004-05.

Performances play Sept. 5-Oct. 3, opening Studio Arena's 40th season.

The comedy concerns "a plucky young novice who puts her future as a nun in jeopardy when she teaches her personal unorthodox views of God and religion," according to the season announcement. "Add to the mix a traditional Mother Superior, a childhood sweetheart, and a mysterious janitor bearing messages from a 'high authority'..."

Dudzick is author of Over the Tavern, King o' the Moon and Lake Effect, which chronicled the Catholic Polish-American family, the Pazinskis. Plays from the trilogy (particularly Over the Tavern) blossomed in regional theatres in recent years.

Pamela Hunt will direct. The five-character play is set in a small town in upstate New York at a very old Catholic school where nuns still teach, and live in an adjacent convent.

The setting is a third-grade classroom, though no children are in the play — unlike Over the Tavern in which a young Rudy Pazinski challenged a old-fashioned nun. Playwright Dudzick told Playbill On-Line the new two-act play is a "clash of wills and beliefs" between a novice and an aging nun. An old beau of the novice complicates matters.

The play will have a New York City workshop this summer prior to the full staging.


The 2004-05 season also includes Douglas Post's mystery, Murder in Green Meadows; Herb Gardner's A Thousand Clowns; Regina Taylor's gospel-infused Crowns; Mitch Albom and Jeffrey Hatcher's Tuesdays With Morrie; Ronald Harwood's comedy, Quartet, about former opera singers in a retirement home; and Richard Dresser's play about Little League dads, Rounding Third.

For information, call (716) 856-5650 or (800) 77-STAGE or visit www.studioarena.org.


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