The world premiere of Kathleen Tolan's comedy, The Wax, begins previews Dec. 12 at Playwrights Horizons in Manhattan, starring Side Man Tony Award-winner Frank Wood, with Laura Esterman, Mary Testa, Robert Dorfman, David Greenspan, Lola Pashalinski, Gareth Saxe, Mary Schultz and Karen Young.
Official opening is Jan. 7, 2001, and performances continue to Jan. 21 at the Anne G. Wilder mainstage of Horizons' 42nd Street home.
Brian Kulick (The Public Theater's Kit Marlowe, The Winter's Tale) directs the new comedy, which takes place at a hotel by the sea where several middle-aged friends have reunited for a wedding. Mid-life crises and the festivities prompt "uncensored impulsiveness fueled equally by angst and hormones," according to a statement.
Playwright Tolan studied acting at NYU and the HB Studio and was a member of Andre Gregory's Company, The Manhattan Project. A Weekend Near Madison, her first play, was staged in 1983 at the Actors Theatre of Louisville and at Astor Place Theatre in New York City. Other plays include Kate's Diary (Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater), Approximating Mother (The Women's Project) and A Girl's Life (a Horizons commission that was subsequently staged at Trinity Repertory Theatre).
Designers are Wally Spangler (set), Elizabeth Hope Clancy (costume), Kevin Adams (lighting), and Jill B.C. Du Boff (sound). To see Playbill On-Line's Brief Encounter interview with director Kulick, known for his work at The Public Theater, click here.
Tickets are $40. The Anne Wilder Theatre is at 416 W. 42nd Street. For information, call (212) 279-4200 or visit the website at www.playwrightshorizons.org.
Playwrights Horizons' next mainstage play, following The Wax, is the world premiere of Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero, Feb. 16-March 13, 2001. A fourth mainstage show will be announced.
— By Kenneth Jones