Prentiss and Benjamin to Play Mum and Daughter in Mrs. Warren's Profession in Michigan

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BoarsHead Theater in Lansing, MI, will get a touch of mother-daughter star quality for its 2007-08 season opener this fall.

Paula Prentiss, the Emmy-nominated actress, will be Mrs. Warren opposite her daughter, Prentiss Benjamin, who'll play daughter Vivie Warren, in George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession.

Performances begin Sept. 5. James Glossman, the associate director of Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, will stage the drama, about a Victorian daughter who learns that her mother's fortune is derived from a chain of brothels.

Paula Prentiss appeared in Broadway's The Norman Conquests and Off-Broadway's Power Plays, as well as such films as "Catch-22," "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" and "The Stepford Wives." She's married to actor-director Richard Benjamin, who is Prentiss Benjamin's dad.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Prentiss Benjamin trained at Northwestern University, from which she graduated in 2000. She appeared regionally at The Fulton Opera House, The Alley Theatre, The Cape Playhouse and at Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey. She was also seen Off-Broadway in How to Build a Better Tulip at the Acorn Theatre.

BoarsHead artistic director Kristine Thatcher announced next season's slate, which will include Souvenir by Stephen Temperley; John Patrick Shanley's Doubt; the comedy Moonlight and Magnolias by Ron Hutchinson; the provocative drama Permanent Collection by Thomas Gibbons; and Jeffrey Hatcher's Murderers, a dark comedy set in a retirement home where three homicidally inclined individuals reside. "Subscriptions are up 17 percent over last year, which is a sign that we have moved in the right direction with lowering prices," stated Marlene Shelton, managing director. "These are challenging economic times with gas prices soaring and by lowering prices to a very reasonable $12 for a mid-week show we hope to keep BoarsHead affordable to the entire community."

BoarsHead's current show is Underneath the Lintel by Glen Berger, which closes June 10.

The 2006-07 season will end with the return of last summer's hit musical, The All Night Strut!.

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