Isabella Rossellini Returns to Off-Broadway's The Stendhal Syndrome, April 28

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Isabella Rossellini returns to the Primary Stages world premiere presentation of Terrence McNally's The Stendhal Syndrome, starring opposite Richard Thomas, April 28.
Isabella Rossellini in The Stendhal Syndrome
Isabella Rossellini in The Stendhal Syndrome Photo by James Leynse

The actress replaces Maria Tucci who assumed the two roles she originated in the play. (Tucci continues through April 25.) Performances of the show began Feb. 1 and opened Feb. 16 at the new Off-Broadway theatre space 59E59. The limited engagement had previously extended through April 25 and will now run through May 12, according to The New York Times.

The Stendhal Syndrome combines two plays: Full Frontal Nudity — about three American tourists who are urged by an Italian guide (Rossellini) to bask in the beauty of Michelangelo's "David" — and Prelude & Liebestod — which finds a celebrated conductor (Thomas) watching his life unravel right before his eyes as he leads the opening and ending pieces of Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde."

Both works — which explore characters' inner thoughts — are threaded together with the common theme of "how art can affect us emotionally, psychological, erotically," playwright McNally told Playbill On-Line. The title refers to said intoxication. To read more comments by the scribe, visit Playbill On-Line's Brief Encounter section (or click here).

Leonard Foglia directs the work featuring a cast that also includes Michael Countryman (Night Must Fall, House and Garden), Jennifer Mudge (Only the End of the World) and Yul Vázquez ("Traffic," "Seinfeld").

The design team for Stendhal includes Michael McGarty (set), David C. Woolard (costumes), Russell H. Champa (lighting), Elaine J. McCarthy (projections) and David Van Tieghem (sound) — who also provides original music. Primary Stages' upcoming world premiere presentation of Julia Jordan's Boy will play as scheduled at the company's other space at 354 West 45th Street. The season closer is set to open May 18 and run through June 27 under the direction of Joe Calarco (Shakespeare's R&J).

For tickets to The Stendhal Syndrome at 59E59, 59 East 59th Street (between Madison and Park Avenues), call (212) 279-4200. For more information, visit

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