The new work, also directed by Beckett, is the third in her series of plays. The cast comprises Alysia Reiner, two-time Tony nominee Alison Fraser and Jill Shackner.
Knight met with the cast after the show:
Shirley Knight Visits Off-Broadway's A Charity Case
A Charity Case, according to press notes, "examines the adoption triangle between a birth mother, the relinquishing mother and a 17-year-old daughter. Our most sacred of relationships is the one we have with our mothers and the journey is blessed, cursed, mysterious and tender. When a child is adopted, a whole layer of complexity is added to that relationship. In A Charity Case, Beckett explores this parallel world."
Other members of the creative team include scenic designer David L. Arsenault, lighting designer Travis McHale and costume designer Theresa Squire. A Charity Case is produced by Peter Walters for Pascal Productions.
Fraser, who played Tessie Tura in Gypsy, received Tony nominations for her performances in Romance/Romance and The Secret Garden, and her other Broadway credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood and the 1996 revival of Tartuffe. She created the role of Trina in William Finn's In Trousers and March of the Falsettos and reprised that role in the anniversary concert for Playwrights Horizons. Her other Off-Broadway credits include roles in Love, Loss, and What I Wore; The School for Lies; The Divine Sister; Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams; Up Against It; The Green Heart; Beehive; and Swingtime Canteen. Fraser also starred in the national tour of High School Musical as well as in productions of Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are; Lizzie Borden; Honk!; Lend Me a Tenor; Gunmetal Blues; and Lips Together, Teeth Apart. Her screen credits include "Law & Order: SVU," "Third Watch," "The Thing About My Folks," "Jack and His Friends" and "In the Blood."
Reiner has been seen Off-Broadway in the New York premiere of Pentecost and has also appeared on stage in An Oak Tree at the Barrow Street Theatre. She is best known for her film work, which includes "Sideways" and television appearances on "The Sopranos," "Law & Order," "30 Rock" and "White Collar."
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