Peace for Mary Frances Opens Off-Broadway

Off-Broadway News   Peace for Mary Frances Opens Off-Broadway
The Lily Thorne play receives its world premiere in a production from The New Group, directed by Lila Neugebauer.
Natalie Gold, Lois Smith, and Heather Burns in <i>Peace for Mary Frances</i>
Natalie Gold, Lois Smith, and Heather Burns in Peace for Mary Frances Monique Carboni

The world premiere of Lily Thorne’s Peace for Mary Frances opens Off-Broadway May 23. The new play, which stars Lois Smith in the title role, is directed by Lila Neugebauer, in a production from The New Group at The Pershing Square Signature Center.

Johanna Day, J. Smith-Cameron, and Heather Burns Monique Carboni

In Peace for Mary Frances, Mary Frances is 90 years old and ready to die. Born to refugees fleeing the Armenian genocide, her last wish is to pass away peacefully at home surrounded by her family. But her dream collides with reality as three generations of explosive women arrive prepared to battle for their family's legacy.

Completing the cast of the Off-Broadway staging are Johanna Day (Sweat, You Can’t Take It With You, August: Osage County), Heather Burns (Dinner With Friends, Manchester by the Sea), Succession's Natalie Gold, Mia Katigbak (Dear Elizabeth, Peer Gynt and the Norwegian Hapa Band), Paul Lazar (Samara, Tamburlaine), Brian Miskell (The Antipodes, The Flick), Melle Powers (The Old Friends; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark), and J. Smith-Cameron (Rectify, True Blood).

The production began performances May 8 and is scheduled to play through June 17.

Peace for Mary Frances features scenic design by Dane Laffrey, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau, and music and sound design by Daniel Kluger. Casting by Judy Henderson, CSA, and production stage manager is Valerie A. Peterson.

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