Ivey and Burke Are God-Fearing Sisters in NYC Premiere of Savannah Disputation | Playbill

News Ivey and Burke Are God-Fearing Sisters in NYC Premiere of Savannah Disputation
Dana Ivey, Reed Birney, Marylouise Burke and Kellie Overbey star in the New York City premiere of Evan Smith's The Savannah Disputation, starting previews Feb. 6 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater.
Marylouise Burke, Dana Ivey, Kellie Overbey and Reed Birney
Marylouise Burke, Dana Ivey, Kellie Overbey and Reed Birney

After Psych and The Uneasy Chair, this is Smith's third fully produced play at the not-for-profit devoted to writers. Smith also penned Remedial English (Young Playwrights Festival at Playwrights Horizons) and Servicemen (The New Group).

Walter Bobbie (Chicago) directs the play about a susceptible Catholic spinster Margaret (Marylouise Burke) who politely admits door-to-door Pentecostal missionary Melissa (Kellie Overbey) into her home. Margaret's "seemingly-solid faith starts to waver — much to the chagrin of her feisty sister Mary (Dana Ivey)." According to Playwrights Horizons, "Before long, the God-fearing sisters have ambushed their steadfast 'guest' with the aid of an unsuspecting local priest (Reed Birney), setting the scene for a smackdown of truly biblical proportions."

Opening is March 3. Performances continue to March 15.

The production team includes scenic designer John Lee Beatty, costume designer David C. Woolard, lighting designer Kenneth Posner and sound designer Tony Meola.

Ivey is a five-time Tony Award nominee and three-time Obie Award winner (Driving Miss Daisy, Sunday in the Park with George and Smith's The Uneasy Chair at Playwrights Horizons, plus The Rivals, Butley). Birney is an Obie Award winner (The Butterfly Collection, Pen and Gemini at Playwrights Horizons; the recent hit Blasted; Bug; "Gossip Girl"). Drama Desk Award winner Marylouise Burke appeared in Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Is He Dead? and the Broadway revival of Into the Woods. Overbey was featured in Betty's Summer Vacation at Playwrights Horizons, The Coast of Utopia, Good Boys and True. Production stage manager is Robyn Henry.

Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater is located at 16 W. 42nd Street.

The performance schedule for The Savannah Disputation is Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2:30 & 8 PM and Sundays at 2:30 & 7:30 PM. There will be an additional Monday night performance on March 2 at 8 PM.

Tickets are $65. Tickets may be purchased online via TicketCentral.com, by phone at (212) 279-4200 (noon-8 PM daily), or in person at the Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues) or visit playwrightshorizons.com.


The Savannah Disputation had its world premiere at Writers' Theatre in Glencoe, IL.

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