The President and Her Mistress Premieres Off-Bway 4/13

Abingdon Theatre Company (312 West 36th St.) will present the World Premiere of Jan Buttram's The President and Her Mistress on April 25, 2007. Previews begin April 13. The production runs until May 13, 2007, in the June Havoc Theatre. Rob Urbinati (Foggy Bottom, Border/Clash) directs.

"In 2156 A.D., women rule. Beck Shine is President of the United World. Insurgent men have taken 10,042 women hostage in Australia and, for the first time since the Femme Revolution, women are in danger; Candy Power (an evangelistic talk-show host) challenges Beck's political savvy; Beck's mother convinces her that 'nano-probe technology' will give her renewed youth and the energy to save her presidency; and Beck's husband and her mistress vie for her allegiance," state production notes.

Jan Buttram (Playwright) is the Artistic Director and founding member of Abingdon Theatre Company. She began her professional theatre career as an actress with the New Orleans Repertory Theatre under the direction of June Havoc. Abingdon produced her Texas Homos; Glory Girls; Zona, the Ghost of Greenbrier; Private Battles and The Parker Family Circus. She received a major grant from the Berrilla Kerr Foundation and the 1995 Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center's Fund for New American Plays. Texas Homos was recently published in Smith and Kraus' Ten Best New Plays of 2005.

The cast features Jeremy Beck, Constance Boardman, Jan Buttram, Lori Gardner, Susanna Guzmán, Sherry Skinker, and Danton Stone.

Set Design is by James F. Wolk, Costume Design is by Polly J. Byers, Lighting Design is by Matthew McCarthy, and Sound Design is by Graham Johnson.

Performances are Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 PM with weekend matinees on Saturday at 2:00 PM and Sunday at 3:00 PM in the June Havoc Theatre at Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Tickets are $45 and can be purchased through SmartTix:, by calling (212) 868-4444, or at the box office prior to the show.

Visit for more on the Abingdon Theatre Company.

Photo - Jan Buttram

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