SECRETS OF A SOCCER MOM to Host Talk Backs and Signings

By: Apr. 17, 2008

SECRETS OF A SOCCER MOM, a new play by Kathleen Clark directed by two-time Tony Award winner Judith Ivey, will be hosting two talk backs & book signings with critically acclaimed authors Nancy Star, Adriana Trigiani, Meg Wolitzer and Jill A. Davis respectively, to kick-off the spring soccer season. SECRETS OF A SOCCER MOM began previews on Saturday, February 9, 2008 and opened on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at the Snapple Theater Center (50th Street at Broadway). The production stars Caralyn Kozlowski, Nancy Ringham and Deborah Sonnenberg. Tickets to these performances are available and can be purchased at and via 307-4100.

On Thursday, April 17th, following the 8:00pm performance, Nancy Star will host a talk-back for that evenings audience, with the cast of the play. She is the celebrated author of the series Calendar Club and May Morrison, and her new novel Carpool Diem was released in March 2008 to great reviews.

On Saturday, April 19th, following the 2:00pm performance, author Adriana Trigiani will moderate a discussion with fellow authors Meg Wolitzer, Jill A. Davis and with the cast and playwright, Kate Clark, for that matinee's audience. All three women will be Participating in a book signing after the talk back session.

Jill A. Davis is a New York Times best-selling author of novels such as Ask Again Later and Girls' Poker Night.

Adriana Trigiani is the critically acclaimed and best-selling author of Big Stone Gap and its sequels Big Cherry Holler and Milk Glass Moon. The New York Times calls her writing, "as comforting as a mug of chamomile tea on a rainy Sunday."

Meg Wolitzer is the beloved author of the novels The Position, The Wife and Surrender, Dorothy. Her new novel, about a group of educated mothers who give up successful careers to raise their children, is called The Ten-Year Nap and is making national headlines.

In the play, three women leave their traditional spot on the sidelines to play in the annual mother-son soccer game. This ordinary day becomes extraordinary as the competition ignites their fierce desire to recapture their spirit, humor and passion.

SECRETS OF A SOCCER MOM takes a look at a part of life that is rarely explored on stage. It speaks to everyone, no matter age or gender, in attempting to answer that age old question: how in the world did I wind up here?

SECRETS OF A SOCCER MOM is offering a one of a kind theatrical experience. Included in the price of a ticket is a free glass of champagne before the show. Audiences will also be able to browse through the unique theater boutique featuring a variety of rare and beautiful items, relax in lobby massage chairs, indulge in cupcakes and coffee from NYC's Cupcake Café, and enjoy a discounted lunch or dinner in one of several restaurants nearby; all for less than the price of a Broadway ticket. The theater lobby will be open one hour prior to performance time to make the most of this experience.

Last season, Kathleen Clark and Judith Ivey succesfully collaborated on Clark's play, Southern Comforts, which was presented to critical acclaim at Primary Stages with Penny Fuller and Larry Keith.

SECRETS OF A SOCCER MOM debuted as "Soccer Moms" at Fleetwood Stage (Westchester, NY) and The New York Times said, "Let's hear it for Soccer Moms, a diverting new comedy by Kathleen Clark; a lovely fusion of three excellent actresses giving nuanced performances, diving into the emotional undercurrents of the playwright's slick style and crisp dialogue, under the knowing direction of Judith Ivey."

The production will feature scenic design by Lex Liang, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, costume design by Elizabeth Flauto and sound design by Zach Williamson. SECRETS OF A SOCCER MOM is produced Off-Broadway by A-FRAME PRODUCTIONS.

Tickets can be purchased at and via 307-4100. SECRETS OF A SOCCER MOM will play a special performance schedule in February and March (see calendars below). The performance schedule begins: Monday at 8pm, Wednesday at 11am, Thursday at 11am & 8pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 3pm.


JILL A. DAVIS was a writer for Late Show with David Letterman, where she received five Emmy nominations. She has also written several television pilots and movie screenplays in addition to short stories. She is the critically acclaimed author of Ask Again Later and Girls' Poker Night. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

ADRIANA TRIGIANI is beloved by millions of readers around the world for her hilarious and heartwarming novels. Adriana was raised in a small coal mining town in southwest Virginia in a bigItalian family. She chose her hometown for the setting and title of her debut novel, the critically acclaimed and bestselling BIG STONE GAP, followed by the sequels BIG CHERRY HOLLER and MILK GLASS MOON. Since 1999, Adriana has delivered a novel a year to her devoted fans. LUCIA, LUCIA, THE QUEEN OF THE BIG TIME, and ROCOCO were all instant New York Times bestsellers.

MEG WOLITZER is a novelist whose seven books include The Position, The Wife, Surrender, Dorothy and This is Your Life. Her short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize. She has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop, Boston University, and Skidmore College. Meg Wolitzer lives in New York City with her family.

Nancy Star is the author of four novels: Carpool Diem, Up Next, Now This and Buried Lives. In addition to her adult novels, Nancy is the author of an eight-book children's mystery series for young readers called The Calendar Club, published by Scholastic Books. As a children's book writer she has been delighted to discover that young readers, in fact entire classrooms of young readers, love to write letters to their favorite authors telling them exactly what they think about the books. Before her career as a writer, Nancy worked for over a decade in the movie business. She worked at The Samuel Goldwyn Company, and before that at The Ladd Company.


Caralyn Kozlowski (Alison) recently appeared in Karl Gajdusek's Fair Game at Theatre Row. Other NY theatre includes the NY premier of Murdering Marlowe (Emilia) and creating the role of Claudia in The Milliner at Classic Stage Company. She also originated Amanda in the first three regional productions of Amy Freed's Restoration Comedy, which last played Old Globe under the direction of John Rando. She has played in 7 seasons with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Favorites there include Ilona in The Play's the Thing, Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest, Desdemona in Othello, Olivia in Twelfth Night, Princess of France in Love's Labour's Lost, Irina in Three Sisters. Other theatre: Rosalind in As You Like It (CT Rep), Mac in Three Viewings (Barrington Stage Co.), Evelyn in The Shape of Things (BSC), Athena in Derek Walcott's The Odyssey (Off-B'way). "Law & Order," "Numbers," "Six Degrees," "Law and Order: SVU", "Guiding Light," "All My Children," Practical Magic, and "Third Watch" are among her Film and TV credits.

Nancy Ringham (Nancy). Nancy's Broadway credits include Follies (Christine) with Judith Ivey and Blythe Danner, The Will Rogers Follies (Betty Blake) opposite Mac Davis, Larry Gatlin and Mickey Rooney, The Threepenny Opera (Polly) opposite Sting, My Fair Lady (Eliza) opposite Rex Harrison. Tours: Cabaret (Sally Bowles) opposite Joel Grey, Oklahoma! (Ado Annie), Singin' In The Rain (Lina Lamont); Guys And Dolls (Adelaide) and My Fair Lady. She originated the role of Nancy in Soccer Moms (now Secrets of a Soccer Mom) at Fleetwood Stage. Her Off-Broadway, Regional, and TV credits are extensive, and include the Disney film Heavyweights. She has been a soloist for Peter Nero both with the Philly Pops and the Florida Philharmonic. She is also a soccer mom, raising two daughters 7 and 9.

Deborah Sonnenberg (Lynn) was last seen as Lori in Transatlantic at the Producer's Club in NYC. Prior to that, she directed and performed in numerous productions in the Netherlands including Death and the Maiden, Beyond Therapy, The Heidi Chronicles, Great Catherine, Love Letters and A...My Name Is Alice. Deborah has performed regionally in Minneapolis (Marjorie, by Lee Blessing), and, as a student at Harvard, served as director of the experimental theater. Deborah is a former attorney and has four children ages 3, 6, 9, and 11.

Kathleen Clark (Playwright). Ms. Clark's play, Southern Comforts, directed by Judith Ivey, was produced last season at Primary Stages with Penny Fuller and Larry Keith following a production at the Coconut Grove Playhouse with Hal Holbrook and Dixie Carter. Other upcoming productions are Banner at the Hedgerow Theatre and numerous regional presentations of Southern Comforts. Both Southern Comforts and Banner were developed at the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. Southern Comforts and Secrets of a Soccer Mom are published by Samuel French. Ms. Clark previously worked as an associate in the theatrical producing office of Jane Harmon Associates.

Judith Ivey (Director) is the recipient of the Tony Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Obie Award, and countless others for her stage and film work as an actress. Ms. Ivey's directing credits include: The Butcher of Baraboo (Second Stage Uptown), Fugue (Cherry Lane Theatre), Southern Comforts (Primary Stages), Bad Dates (Northlight Theatre, Chicago & Laguna Playhouse), Steel Magnolias (Alley Theatre), More (Union Square Theatre & Falcon Theatre, Los Angeles), Two For The Seesaw (Westport Playhouse), The Go-For-It Guy (Aspen Comedy Festival), and Soccer Moms (Fleetwood Stage).

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