Chekhov Story Inspires New Musical, Trophy Wife, April 12-22 at La MaMa | Playbill

News Chekhov Story Inspires New Musical, Trophy Wife, April 12-22 at La MaMa
Trophy Wife, a new musical adaptation of Anton Chekhov's short story "Anna on the Neck," gets its world premiere April 12 in a production by La MaMa E.T.C. and Watson Arts.

Written and directed by Mary Fulham, with lyrics by Paul Foglino (Hercules in High Suburbia) and music by written and performed by Terry Waldo (Eubie and Me), Trophy Wife will star Sharon Ann Farrell, Brian P. Glover (The Emperor Jones), William Ryall (Chess, Seussical, Amadeus), Michael Rader (Contact, Kiss Me Kate), Joan Jaffe (Much Ado...), Lisa Passero (Filumena), Jacqueline Kroschell, Will MacAdam, Max Lodge and Jack Slattery.

"Set in 1920s New York society, Trophy is the story of Anna Pennington," according to the producers. "This beautiful 19-year-old girl marries middle-aged Moe Schmertz for his money in a desperate attempt to save her family from financial ruin and social disgrace. To her horror, she very quickly discovers that Moe is a penny-pinching stuffed shirt, and that she has sold herself very cheap."

The production features sound design by Obie Award winner Tim Schellenbaum, costumes by Ramona Ponce (of Ridiculous Theatrical Company acclaim), sets by Gregory John Mercurio, lighting by Federico Restrepo and video design by Ray Roy and Eva Mantell.

Watson Arts, under the artistic direction of award winning director and playwright Mary Fulham, is a resident company of La MaMa E.T.C.

In 2005, the troupe's original musical Hercules in High Suburbia won a FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award. Fulham's play Devotion received the MECCA (Montreal English Critics Circle) Award. She is also a two-time winner of the Montreal Fringe Festival Frankie Award for Best Comedy for both P.S. 69 and Was that My 15 Minutes?. Fulham began her career as an original member of the groundbreaking all-girl performance group The High Heeled Women. The company was last seen in New York with the holiday spectacular Balletto Stilletto, a 2006 IT Award Nominee for Outstanding Performance Art Production. Terry Waldo, the protege of the late Eubie Blake, is a virtuoso pianist and vocalist. He has produced and arranged over 50 albums. He has performed and composed for hundreds of TV programs and films including "The Naked Dance: The Music of Storyville" and "Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson," both for PBS. His seminal book "This Is Ragtime" was turned into a 26-part series for National Public Radio and fueled a ragtime revival in the 1970s. His theatrical credits include The Naked Dance: The Music of Storyville and Eubie and Me. He was music director for Andre De Shields' Ambassador Satch, which opened in London's West End in 2002.

Trophy Wife continues to April 22 and will play Thursday-Sunday at 7:30 PM with Sunday matinees at 2:30 PM. La MaMa E.T.C. is located at 74 East 4th Street (between 2nd Avenue and Bowery).

Tickets are $18, available at (212) 475-7710 or

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