Secrets of the Past Come to the Fore in NYC Premiere of Memory House Starring Dianne Wiest

News   Secrets of the Past Come to the Fore in NYC Premiere of Memory House Starring Dianne Wiest
Memory House, Kathleen Tolan's mother-daughter play seen at the Humana Festival of New American Plays earlier this year, gets its New York premiere April 22 in a Playwrights Horizons staging starring Dianne Wiest and Natalia Zvereva.
Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The first performance is a pay-what-you-can show.

David Esbjornson (The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? ) directs the production of this latest play by the author of The Wax and Kate's Diary, both seen at PH.

Opening night is May 17 at 7 PM. Performances continue through May 29 at PH's Mainstage Theater at 416 W. 42nd Street.

"On New Year's Eve, devoted mother Maggie (Dianne Wiest) bakes a pie as her daughter Katia (Natalia Zvereva) struggles to finish her college entrance essay before the midnight postmark deadline," accord to PH notes. "The seemingly innocuous topic, 'What's in your memory house?' throws open a Pandora's Box of questions for Katia that lead all the way back to her birth. With increasing anxiety, Maggie attempts to keep her daughter anchored to her deadline and to herself. Memory House is a timely, authentic portrait of a girl — and a world —on the cusp of an uncertain future."

Dianne Wiest is a two-time Academy Award-winner ("Hannah and Her Sisters," "Bullets Over Broadway"). Her Broadway work includes Salome, Solitaire, Othello, Beyond Therapy and In the Summer House. She won a Theatre World Award and an Obie Award for The Art of Dining and a second Obie for her work in the plays Other Places and Serenading Louie. Her other New York stage credits include One Flea Spare at The Public, The Shawl at Jewish Rep and Hunting Cockroaches at MTC. Joining Wiest is 18-year-old actress Natalia Zvereva, a 2004 graduate of Laguardia High School of the Performing Arts.  Making her professional New York stage debut, she previously performed in productions at Laguardia, The Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and Forest Hills Theatre, and has appeared on "As the World Turns."  Born in Moscow, she moved to the U.S. with her family at age six.

The production features scenic design by Loy Arcenas, costume design by Elizabeth Hope Clancy, lighting design by Jane Cox and sound design by Jill B.C. DuBoff. Production stage manager is James Latus.

The performance schedule for Memory House is Tuesdays-Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2:30 & 8 PM and Sundays at 2:30 & 7:30 PM. Tickets are $60.

For information, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 (noon-8 PM daily) or visit

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