Women's Theatre Project to Open Southeastern Debut of THE LYONS, Today
The Women's Theatre Project will open their tenth season - and their second season at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park - with the Southeastern premiere of The Lyons, Nicky Silver's outrageously funny and stirring play about life, death, and family. The Lyons will run from December 6th through December 22nd.
As the Lyons family gathers together for a most unusual family reunion, Rita Lyons and her grown children come to find that despite being a family each of them is totally isolated. Afraid of closeness and solitude, they are pushed into a new arena - the human connection. The Lyons received glowing reviews when it ran on Broadway in 2012. New York Magazine's Scott Brown said The Lyons is "simply trying to tell a funny, furious little tale of family annihilation with honesty, savagery, and humanity."
"I was immediately attracted to this script by Nicky Silver," explains director Genie Croft. "Silver is known for his caustic characters in plays about broken families, and warped relationships - and the characters in The Lyons allow their very private and unedited thoughts to be spoken out loud, and those thoughts are so full of humor, insight, and pain. As The New York Times, said in their review: "Hilariously frank, clear-sighted, compassionate and forgiving...laughter that rises in close and regular waves....""
"I am delighted that I was able to cast such a talented, creative group of actors to bring this funny, edgy, Broadway hit to life," says Croft. "Multi-Carbonell Award winner Jessica Peterson will play Rita Lyons, the indomitable, frayed mother of this funny, furious family, and I've also cast Kevin Reilly, Clay Cartland, Jacqueline Laggy, Matthew Korinko, and Carolyn Johnson.
Laggy, who is the producer and one of the founding members of The Women's Theatre Project's is also pleased: "I'm very excited to kick off our tenth season with a Southeastern premiere of a Broadway hit!" She says. "The Lyons is a very funny and witty play that examines the dynamics of a modern family in today's society. And the main character, Rita Lyons is a great and unique role for a middle aged woman who is about to enter into a new stage in her life. I'm thrilled to be a part of the cast and crew involved in this production!"
The Lyons will run from December 6th through December 22nd, 2013, with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 pm, and on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 2 p.m at The Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park is located at 300 South Military Trail in Boca Raton, just south of Palmetto Park Road. Tickets for The Lyons are on sale now, and can be purchased at the Willow Theatre Box office: 561-347-3948. Tickets for all performances are $25. For more information, call 561-347-3948, visit www.womenstheatreproject.com or go to www.facebook.com/WomensTheatreProject.
Article by Carol Kassie.