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'A Yorkshire Fairie Tale' Begins Previews Tonight, 9/28

Previews begin tonight, Friday, September 28 for the On The Leesh Productions, Inc. production of A Yorkshire Fairie Tale by Thomas H. Diggs, Off Broadway, at the Michael Weller Theatre, 311 West 43rd Street (6th Floor), NYC.  The Opening is Monday, October 1 at 8PM.

This new play is directed by Nancy Robillard and stars Jessica Arinella , Paul DeCordova, Matt Rashid, Peter Russo,  Susan Wands.  The Set Design is by Diana Whitten; with Costume Design by Jessica Jahn and Lighting Design by Chris Conti.  The play is inspired by the Cottingley Fairy Hoax.  For more information please visit

"A Yorkshire Fairie Tale is a coming-of-age story about Dulcie, a thirteen-year-old girl, who fakes photographs of fairies in order to save her relationship with her mother, which has been torn apart by the First World War. With the help of Francis, an eccentric male friend, Dulcie manages to create a series of photographs that not only cheer up her mother, but also entertain a nation. Dulcie's celebrity around the faked photos goes too far as her life becomes unbearable watching her mother go 'round the bend.' Dulcie decides to stop all talk of fairies, betray her eccentric cohort, and give up her celebrity status in order to preserve what's left of her family," explain press notes.

Thomas H. Diggs' work has been seen at East/West Players, Moving Arts, Company of Angels, Blank Theatre Company, TheatreWorks, Highways Performance Space, Utah Contemporary Theatre, and The Bailiwick Theatre. Tom was a Guest Artist at the Kennedy Center's 2004 and 2005 Playwrights' Intensives. His play, Harper Lee's Husband, was a part of the 2005 Pittsburgh New Works Festival, The Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival, The Vital Theatre's Vital Signs, and was a finalist for a Samuel French Award. His play Nu Shu was a part of the Kennedy Center's 2006 New Works Festival. He is a NYU's Tisch School of the Arts graduate. The Princes Grace Awards has just named the play as one of the finalists.

Nancy Robillard has a number of world premieres to her credit including: Honor and The River by Anton Dudley at Luna Stage, Rosemary & I by Leslie Avayzian (co-directed with Olympia Dukakis), Fast Break at Culture Project and Unsinkable Women at The Walnut Street Theatre.  Some other credits include NYC: Vital Theatre, Directors Company, Theatre for the New City, HERE, Phoenix Theatre, Queens Theatre in the Park; Regional: MetroStage, ART, Northern Stage, Open Stage of Harrisburg, Gateway Playhouse, Keystone Rep and Tri-Arts.  She has taught acting and directing at several universities.

Performances of are: Monday; Thursday; Friday & Saturday 8PM; Sunday 7:30PM and Sunday matinee at 2PM.  There will be special performance Saturday September 29 at 2PM & no Sunday evening performance on October 14.  Tickets are $18 and $10 for students & seniors and are available through or by calling (212) 352-3101 / Toll Free 1 (866) 811-4111

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