Southern Comedy My Deah, with Opel and Caulfield, Opens in NYC Oct. 24 | Playbill

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News Southern Comedy My Deah, with Opel and Caulfield, Opens in NYC Oct. 24 Abingdon Theatre Company's world premiere of John Eppperson's comedy, My Deah, a Southern riff on Medea, opens Off-Broadway Oct. 24.

Maxwell Caulfield, late of Tryst, and Tony Award nominee Nancy Opel, of Urinetown fame, star in the new work by the artist best known as Lypsinka. Previews began Oct. 13. Mark Waldrop (When Pigs Fly) directs the play, which was seen in a workshop in the Abingdon Theatre Complex's Dorothy Strelsin Theatre. It plays the June Havoc Theatre at Abingdon this time around.

The opening was first announced for Oct. 25, then moved to Oct. 24.


My Deah is billed as a "Southern-fried version of Euripides' Medea." Now a fully staged production, My Deah "features more blood! More laughs! More violence! All in the name of comedy."

In the play, "My Deah Hedgepeth confronts her husband Gator, her friends, the Governor of Mississippi—and carries out her plans for revenge—y'all just might die laughin'!" Epperson was born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi. As a film actor he appeared in "Witch Hunt," "Wigstock: The Movie," "Angels in America," "Kinsey." As a theatre actor his work includes I Could Go On Lip-Synching!, Now It Can Be Lip-Synched, Lypsinka! A Day In The Life (two Drama Desk nominations), As I Lay Lip-Synching, Lypsinka Must Be Destroyed!, Lypsinka IS Harriet Craig!, Lypsinka! The Boxed Set (2001 Drama Desk nomination, Washington, D.C. Helen Hayes Award Outstanding Non-Resident Production, L.A. Weekly Theatre Award Best Solo Performance), The Stepmother in New York City Opera's Cinderella at Lincoln Center; and The Passion of the Crawford, a fantasia on the personality of Joan Crawford.

The cast of My Deah also features Peter Brouwer, Lori Gardner, Michael Hunsaker, Geoffrey Molloy, Jay Rogers and Kevin Townley.

The creative team also includes set and lighting designer Mark Simpson, costume designer Ramona Ponce and sound designer Matt Berman.

Performances continue to Nov. 12.

Abingdon Theatre Company is located at 312 West 36th Street.

Performances play Tuesday–Saturday at 7:30 PM; Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by calling (212) 868-4444 or online at

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