Alexandra Silber Set to Lead Vineyard Theatre's ARLINGTON
Vineyard Theatre (108 E. 15 St.) has announced the dates, creative team and leading actress for its next production - the new musical ARLINGTON by Victor Lodato and Polly Pen - with previews set to begin Wednesday, February 12 prior to its official opening night on Sunday, March 2, according to Douglas Aibel, Artistic Director, and Sarah Stern, Co-Artistic Director.
Carolyn Cantor (THE GREAT GOD PAN, AFTER THE REVOLUTION) will direct ARLINGTON, which will feature set design by Dane Laffrey, costume design by Jess Goldstein, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau, and sound design by Dan Moses Schreier. The Production Stage Manager is Colyn Fiendel.
ARLINGTON will star Alexandra Silber (MASTER CLASS on Broadway with Tyne Daly) as Sara Jane, a young wife who valiantly tries to remain hopeful while her husband is away at war, despite a growing concern that something is not quite right.
ARLINGTON has book and lyrics by the playwright and novelist Victor Lodato and music by Polly Pen.
Polly Pen has a long and fruitful relationship with The Vineyard, where her acclaimed musicals GOBLIN MARKET, BED AND SOFA and CHRISTINA ALBERTA'S FATHER all had their debuts. BED AND SOFA earned Ms. Pen an Obie Award, and the production received seven Drama Desk nominations, while GOBLIN MARKET received five Drama Desk nominations and transferred to a commercial run Off-Broadway. Ms. Pen's other works include THE NIGHT GOVERNESS (McCarter Theatre), HER LIGHTNESS (Sarasota Opera), THE DUMB CAKE (a radio musical for NPR), and EMBARRASSMENTS (Wilma Theatre).
Victor Lodato's play 3F, 4F received its world-premiere at the Magic Theatre, as did his play THE EVICTION, which received the Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center. A Guggenheim Fellow, his plays MOTHERHOUSE, WILDLIFE, DEAR Sara Jane, THE BREAD OF WINTER, MARGO AND ZELDA and SLAY THE DRAGON have been performed variously at the Humana Festival, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati and Summer Play Festival/NYC along with workshops and readings of his works at Manhattan Theatre Club, American Conservatory Theatre and The Guthrie. A poet and novelist as well as a playwright, Lodato's writing has appeared in numerous periodicals including The New Yorker. His first novel, "Mathilda Savitch" has been translated into 13 languages.
Alexandra Silber made her Broadway debut in MASTER CLASS starring Tyne Daly, having performed in that production at The Kennedy Center. She received critical acclaim for her roles in London's West End productions of THE WOMAN IN WHITE, as Hodel in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and as Julie Jordan in CAROUSEL, for which she received Great Britain's TMA Award for Best Performance in a Musical. Ms. Silber reprised her performance in CAROUSEL for the Reprise Theatre Company in L.A. earning an Ovation nomination. She made her New York debut as The Young Wife in the Transport Group's revival of Michael John LaChiusa's musical HELLO AGAIN, receiving a Drama League nomination, and made her Carnegie Hall debut in April 2013 as Nina in SONG OF NORWAY with the American Symphony Orchestra, followed by her San Francisco Symphony debut as Maria in concert performances and a recording of WEST SIDE STORY. She was part of Barbara Cook's Spotlight Series at the Kennedy Center in December 2011 and has debuted two solo cabaret shows, "London Still" and "Ex Libris", at Feinstein's.