Pendleton to Stage Eda-Young's Lillian Yuralia at LaMaMa

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Austin Pendleton will direct Lillian Yuralia, a new work from veteran actress-playwright Barbara Eda-Young for LaMaMa e.t.c. in November.

Eda-Young — who's lengthy career has included roles in Death of a Salesman (with Brian Dennehy), Camino Real, Streetcar Named Desire, Operation Sidewinder and an Obie-winning turn in Tony Kushner's Slavs — will also co-star in her three-person play.

Broadway veteran Ben Hammer (Mother Courage, The Crucible) and John Magaro will co-star in Lillian Yuralia, which will run Nov. 13-30.

Set on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1930, press notes for Lillian Yuralia state, "Lillian, a former star of the Yiddish Theater (or so she says) has lived for many years with her lover Jake in a top floor flat of a brownstone. Across the hall, Levy, a refugee from the Russian Pale, lives in a room alone and isolated. All of his family lost in a pogrom, he has shut himself off from the world. When the play begins Lillian stands in her empty front room. With the sudden death of Jake, who has failed to make any provision for them, she now finds herself and their teenage son, Yidl, destitute. Obliged to live off the charity of distant relatives, they are about to leave the only home they've known. Church bells begin to ring the hour. Desperately playing for time she makes tea for her son, and in her cup, she pours an overdose of laudanum. Soon Yidl will begin a frantic pounding on Levy's door. A door he has never opened to anyone."

Lillian Yuralia was presented in a well-received workshop at HB Playwrights Foundation last winter and was also a finalist at the Humana Festival.

A veteran Broadway actor and playwright of Orson's Shadow, Pendleton's numerous directing credits include the 1981 revival of The Little Foxes, Spoils of War, Toys in the Attic, The Runner Stumbles and the current Off-Broadway production of Fifty Words. Tickets are available by calling (212) 475-7710 or by visiting

LaMaMa e.t.c. is located at 74A East 4th Street in Manhattan.

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