Beebo Brinker arrives Off-Broadway at 37 Arts Theatre following an extended run at The Fourth Street Theatre last season. The limited engagement – produced by Lily Tomlin, Jane Wagner, Harriet Newman Leve, Elyse Singer, Jamie deRoy, Pam Laudenslager, Douglas Denoff, and Double Play Connections – began previews Feb. 19 and is currently scheduled to run through April 27. Colella (High Fidelity) stars in the title role with a company that also includes Marin Ireland (The Ruby Sunrise) and David Greenspan (Some Men) as well as Carolyn Baeumler (Trouble in Paradise), Autumn Dornfeld (The Graduate) and Bill Dawes (Gross Indecency).
Leigh Silverman (Well) stages Kate Moira Ryan and Linda S. Chapman's stage adaptation of Bannon's original 1950's and 60's lesbian pulp novels.
Penned by Ryan (25 Questions for a Jewish Mother) and Chapman (Gertrude and Alice: A Likeness to Loving), the pre-Stonewall Greenwich Village-set work "follows the lives and loves of Laura, Beth and Beebo as they navigate uncharted territories of desire," according to press materials. Former secret lovers in college, Laura and Beth went on to completely disparate lives — one got married and had children, the other moved to New York. "Both pine for each other, but before they can reunite, they find themselves entangled in the web of Beebo Brinker, a butch denizen of the bars with a soft spot for young lesbians fresh off the bus."
The design team features Rachel Hauck (set), Theresa Squire (costumes), Nicole Pearce (lights) and Jill BC DuBoff (sound).
Tickets to The Beebo Brinker Chronicles at 37 Arts are available by calling (212) 307-4100 or online at beebobrinker.com.
37 Arts is located in Manhattan at 450 West 37th Street.