Gordon's Irena's Vow Ends Off-Broadway Run Nov. 25

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The world premiere of Dan Gordon's Irena's Vow, starring four-time Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh, ends its extended engagement at the Baruch Performing Arts Center Nov. 25.
Promotional art for Irena's Vow.
Promotional art for Irena's Vow. Photo by Tim Knox

Irena's Vow began previews Sept. 7, opened Sept. 22 and was originally scheduled to run through Nov. 2. Because of ticket demand, the limited run was extended through Nov. 25.

Although there has been no official announcement about a Broadway transfer, Crain's New York recently reported that producer Stan Raiff — who helped mount the show's Off-Broadway engagement — is currently in the process of raising $2.5 million for a possible Broadway run that would open in March 2009. Among the producers who have checked out the production are Barry and Fran Weissler and Elizabeth McCann.

Joining Feldshuh onstage are Sandi Carroll, Tracee Chimo, Steven Hauck, Scott Klavan, Peter Reznikoff, Thomas Ryan, Gene Silvers, John Stanisci and Maja Wampuszyc. Michael Parva directs.

The new play, according to press notes, is "the riveting, life affirming story about one of the most courageous and unsung heroines of World War II. During the German occupation of Poland, Irena Gut Opdyke, a Polish Catholic, was forced to work as head housekeeper for a very prominent German major. Over a two year period of service, Irena would risk her own life in order to protect the lives of twelve Jewish refugees whom she secretly took under her care. Irena's Vow is the extraordinary true story of one woman's choice and the twelve lives that would ultimately be saved — or lost — by her decision."

The design team comprises Kevin Judge (scenic design), David Castaneda (lighting design), Astrid Brucker (costume design), Quentin Chiappetta (sound design/composer) and Alex Koch (projection design). Tovah Feldshuh received Tony Award nominations for her work in Golda's Balcony, Yentl, Sarava and Lend Me a Tenor. Her theatre roles have also garnered the actress four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, an Obie and a Theatre World Award.

Tickets are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or by visiting the Baruch Performing Arts Center box office, located at 55 Lexington Avenue at 25th Street.

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