Jacyln Backhaus’ new play Wives, a series of four acts spanning five centuries and celebrating the women forgotten by history, opened at Playwrights Horizons’ Peter Jay Sharp Theatre September 16.
The cast of four, made up of Purva Bedi, Aadya Bedi, Sathya Sridharan, and Adina Verson, is directed by Margot Bordelon. While some of the women portrayed are already well-known, like novelist Martha Gellhorn (third wife of Ernest Hemingway), others are less so, such as 16th-century French monarch Henri II’s mistress, Diane.
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The creative team for Wives includes set designer Reid Thompson, costume designer Valérie Thérèse Bart, lighting designer Amith Chandrashaker, sound designer Kate Marvin, hair and wig designer J. Jared Janas, and production stage manager Erin Gioia Albrecht.