Ode to Ohio; NY Theatre Workshop's Bexley, OH(!) Opens March 10

News   Ode to Ohio; NY Theatre Workshop's Bexley, OH(!) Opens March 10
New York Theatre Workshop's production of Bexley, OH(!), or, Two Tales of One City the premiere of a new work written and performed by Prudence Wright Holmes opens March 10.

The production, which began Feb. 20 at their downtown space, is scheduled for a limited run. Bexley, OH(!) is directed by Lisa Peterson.

Bexley, OH(!) or, Two Tales of One City is the first two stories in a collection Holmes is writing about her old stomping grounds in Ohio. The works follow the author and the smalltown America through the '50s and '60s. Her parents are the focus of the two separate stories. Dr. Sam Is Under Your Bed centers on her father's obsession with the Dr. Sam Sheppard 1954 murder (the basis for "The Fugitive"). In The African Violet Society, Holmes spotlights her mother and her dealings with the town's exclusive ladies club.

As an actress Holmes has appeared in both "Sister Act" films, "Kingpin" and "In Dreams." On stage, she was featured on Broadway in Inherit The Wind, Lettice And Lovage and Happy End. Her Off-Broadway credits include Godspell and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You.

Director Peterson has helmed such NYTW shows as The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Slavs! and her Obie Award winning work Light Shining in Buckinghamshire. Other credits include The Fourth Sister (Vineyard Theatre), The House Of Bernarda Alba (Mark Taper Forum) and Mrs. Warren’s Profession(Guthrie Theatre).

The design team for Bexley, OH(!) includes Riccardo Hernandez (sets), Gabriel Berry (costumes), Ben Stanton (lighting) and Robert Kaplowitz (sound). The rest of NYTW's season includes Cavedweller, Kate Moira Ryan's adaptation of Dorothy Allison novel as directed by Michael Greif, Flesh And Blood by Michael Cunningham and adapted by Peter Gaitens as directed by Doug Hughes and Alex Thomas's Throw Pitchfork.

Tickets to Bexley, OH(!) at New York Theatre Workshop, 79 East 4th Street, (between Bowery and Second Avenue) can be purchased through Telecharge at (212) 239-6200, or on-line at www.telecharge.com.

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