Richard Easton and Kathleen Chalfant Will Star in Painting Churches Off-Broadway

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Tony Award winner Richard Easton and Tony nominee Kathleen Chalfant will head the cast of Tina Howe's Painting Churches, which begins performances Feb. 14, 2012, with an official opening set for March 6, 2012, at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row.

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The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Keen Company will present the Off-Broadway limited engagement, which will continue through April 22, 2012. Keen artistic director Carl Forsman  directs.

In Painting Churches, according to press notes, "we meet the Church family: Fanny (Chalfant) and Gardner (Easton). They are packing, about to move to a beach home on Cape Cod. Gardner is a poet and Fanny is from a 'fine old family.' Their daughter Margaret, an artist who lives in New York, has arrived to help them pack and paint their portrait."

This will be the first New York revival of Painting Churches. The play premiered Off-Broadway Feb. 8, 1983, at the McGinn-Cazale Theatre, produced by Second Stage. It transferred to the Lamb's Theatre where it ran for 206 performances. Painting Churches was filmed for PBS "American Playhouse" starring Sada Thompson, Donald Moffat and Roxanne Hart.

Chalfant was nominated for the Tony Award as Best Actress in a Featured Role for her work in Tony Kushner's Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. Chalfant's stage credits also include Racing Demon, Wit and Alan Bennett's Talking Heads, among others.

Easton won the Tony Award for his performance in The Invention of Love. He has also been seen on Broadway in Elling, The Coast of Utopia, The Rivals, Henry IV, Noises Off, Exit the King, The Misanthrope, The Cherry Orchard and Hamlet, among others.

The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues. For tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or visit For more information, visit

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