Photo Flash: First Look at Carol Lawrence and More in HANDLE WITH CARE

December 3
4:47 PM 2013

Making its Off-Broadway debut, Jason Odell Williams' new romantic comedy, Handle With Care, begins previews tonight - Tuesday, December 3 - at The Westside Theatre Downstairs (407 W. 43rdStreet). The play opens on Sunday, December 15th and is an open-ended engagement. Featuring Tony Award Nominee and Broadway Legend Carol Lawrence heading an ensemble cast of four, Handle With Careis being directed by Karen Carpenter. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

Handle With Care is the "utterly charming" new romantic comedy that tells the story of a young Israeli woman who reluctantly travels with her grandmother to America. Fate and hilarious circumstances bring together the young woman, who has little command of English, and a young American man with little command of romance. Is their inevitable love an accident? Or destiny generations in the making?

In addition to Tony nominee Ms. Lawrence, Handle With Care's ensemble cast consists ofCharlotte Cohn (Broadway: Coram Boy, Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme), Sheffield Chastain (Broadway: White Christmas, Is He Dead? and The 39 Steps: National Tour), andJonathan Sale(The Shape of Things, Soldier's Play).

Handle With Care is being presented by Bandwagon Productions & Douglas Denoff and Joe Sirola, Sara Crown Star, Neil Gooding Productions and Judith D. Rubin, in association with Dasha Theatricals and Laurel International Holdings. The Creative team includes: David Arsenault (Set Design), Cory Pattak (Lighting Design), Martin T. Lopez (Costume Design), Jill BC DuBoff (Sound Design),Wojcik | Seay (Casting) and Brierpatch Productions (General Management). Handle With Care originally premiered under the title "At A Loss" at The Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, NY, July 13, 2011.

Jason Odell Williams is a writer and producer for the Emmy® Award Nominated "Brain Games" on the National Geographic Channel. This past August his novel Personal Statement was published and optioned as part of a three-picture deal.

HANDLE WITH CARE, written by Jason Odell Williams; directed by Karen Carpenter, begins performances tonight, December 3, 2013. Performance schedule Tuesday at 7PM, Wednesday-Saturday at 8PM; Wednesday & Saturday at 2PM; Sunday at 3PM. Running time is 1 hour, 45 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission. Westside Theatre is located at 407 W 43rd Street , between 9th and 10th Avenues. Tickets are $79. Premium seating available. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.handlewithcaretheplay.com, TeleCharge.com or call 212-239-6200.

Photo Credit: Douglas Denoff

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