PHOTO CALL: Myra Lucretia Taylor Stars in World Premiere of Mary at the Goodman

News   PHOTO CALL: Myra Lucretia Taylor Stars in World Premiere of Mary at the Goodman
Myra Lucretia Taylor, of Broadway's Nine and Macbeth, plays the title servant role in the 2011 Chicago world premiere of Thomas Bradshaw's absurdist comic drama Mary, which began previews Feb. 5 in the Goodman's Owen Theatre.

Director May Adrales stages the play that, according to Goodman notes, "takes a provocative, wickedly funny view on families, political correctness and the changing nature of bigotry in contemporary America."

Here is a first look at the production:

Taylor played Saraghina in the 2003 Broadway revival of Nine. In the new play, she leads the ensemble cast as the Jennings family's domestic servant, Mary. The cast also includes Barbara Garrick ("As the World Turns"; Broadway's A Thousand Clowns) as Mary's employer, Dolores Jennings; Scott Jaeck (The Seagull; August: Osage County) as Dolores' husband, James Jennings; Alex Weisman (The History Boys; Peter Pan-A Play) as Dolores and James' gay son, David; Eddie Bennet (War with the Newts; Twelfth Night) as David's boyfriend, Jonathan; Cedric Young (Broadway's Radio Golf) as Mary's husband, Elroy; and Steve Pickering (The Seagull; King Lear) as the family’s priest.

The production runs through March 6. Opening night is Feb. 14.

Mary is set "at the height of what Time magazine dubbed 'AIDS hysteria' in 1983." In the play, "College student David invites his boyfriend home to his parents' house in Virginia, where nothing has changed since the 1800s — including the slave quarters." The play confronts "hypocrisy and oppression with exhilarating wit."

Individual tickets to Mary ($10–$42) are on sale at

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