Fresh Off the Bus: Beebo Brinker Chronicles Arrives Off-Broadway Feb. 19

News   Fresh Off the Bus: Beebo Brinker Chronicles Arrives Off-Broadway Feb. 19
Ann Bannon's popular 1950's and 60's lesbian pulp novels The Beebo Brinker Chronicles come to life Off-Broadway Feb. 19 at the 37 Arts Theatre.
David Greenspan embraces Marin Ireland.
David Greenspan embraces Marin Ireland. Photo by Dixie Sheridan

Following an extended run at The Fourth Street Theatre, Beebo Brinker makes its Off-Broadway transfer with the addition of Broadway actress Jenn Colella (High Fidelity) in the title role. Colella joins the original Beebo Brinker company, which includes Marin Ireland (The Ruby Sunrise) and David Greenspan (Some Men) as well as Carolyn Baeumler (Trouble in Paradise), Autumn Dornfeld (The Graduate) and Bill Dawes (Gross Indecency).

Harriet Newman Leve, Elyse Singer and Jamie deRoy produce the Off-Broadway engagement.

Leigh Silverman (Well) stages Kate Moira Ryan and Linda S. Chapman's stage adaptation of Bannon's original novels. Set to officially open March 5 at 37 Arts, the new run is currently scheduled through April 27.

Penned by Ryan (25 Questions for a Jewish Mother) and Chapman (Gertrude and Alice: A Likeness to Loving), the pre-Stonewall Greenwich Village-set work "follows the lives and loves of Laura, Beth and Beebo as they navigate uncharted territories of desire," according to press materials. Former secret lovers in college, Laura and Beth went on to completely disparate lives — one got married and had children, the other moved to New York. "Both pine for each other, but before they can reunite, they find themselves entangled in the web of Beebo Brinker, a butch denizen of the bars with a soft spot for young lesbians fresh off the bus."

The design team features Rachel Hauck (set), Theresa Squire (costumes), Nicole Pearce (lights) and Jill BC DuBoff (sound).

Tickets to The Beebo Brinker Chronicles at 37 Arts are available by calling (212) 307-4100 or online at

37 Arts is located in Manhattan at 450 West 37th Street.

Carolyn Baeumler and Marin Ireland in <i>Beebo Brinker Chronicles</i>
Carolyn Baeumler and Marin Ireland in Beebo Brinker Chronicles Photo by Dixie Sheridan
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