Estelle Parsons, Judith Ivey & More to Lead New Israel Horovitz Comedy Off-Broadway
OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES -- a new comedy by Israel Horovitz (MY OLD LADY), with a cast starring Oscar winner and 5-time Tony nominee ESTELLE PARSONS, two-time Tony winner JUDITH IVEY, along with ANGELINA FIORDELLISI (ZORBA on Broadway opposite Anthony Quinn) and FRANCESCA CHOY-KEE (DISGRACED) - will be given its world-premiere production this summer Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce St.) in New York.
Directed by Barnet Kellman, OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES is scheduled to begin previews June 7 prior to opening June 19. Tickets to OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES will go on sale February 16 at 10 a.m.
OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES depicts what happens when four women arrive in Paris for the funeral of a 100-year-old man who loved each of them - at times variously, at time simultaneously. For 24 hours, they share his apartment, delicious secrets, and a dead cat.
A free public reading of the play - featuring the Off-Broadway cast - will be presented on Friday, Feb. 26 at 3 pm at Cherry Lane Theatre. Reservations can be made at CherryLaneRSVP@gmail.com. On Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7 pm, a reading will be presented - again with the complete cast - at Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut. Part of the Westport Country Playhouse New Works Initiative, admission to the Westport reading is $10 with ticket purchase available at www.westportplayhouse.org.
OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES marks a reunion with the playwright and Ms. Parsons (who starred in MY OLD LADY on stage prior to the play's considerable success on film starring Dame Maggie Smith and Kevin Kline), as well as a reunion with the playwright and Ms. Ivey, who starred opposite Jason Robards on Broadway in Mr. Horovitz's PARK YOUR CAR IN HARVARD YARD.
A prolific playwright and filmmaker, Mr. Horovitz's 70-plus works for the stage include LINE (now in its 45th year in NYC), THE INDIAN WANTS THE BRONX, THE PRIMARY ENGLISH CLASS, THE WIDOW'S BLIND DATE and NORTH SHORE FISH. His films include MY OLD LADY, which he wrote and directed, AUTHOR! AUTHOR!, THE STRAWBERRY STATEMENT and SUNSHINE. He holds the distinction of being the most-produced American playwright in French theater history.
Estelle Parsons won the Oscar for BONNIE AND CLYDE, and was Oscar-nominated for RACHEL, RACHEL. Her five Tony nominations are for THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN, MORNING'S AT SEVEN, MISS MARGARIDA'S WAY, MISS REARDON DRINKS A LITTLE and THE SEVEN DESCENTS OF MYRTLE. She appeared on TV in ROSEANNE, ALL IN THE FAMILY and ARCHIE'S PLACE, as well as having been on THE TODAY SHOW for several years.
Judith Ivey's Broadway roles include in THE AUDIENCE, THE HEIRESS (Tony nomination), PARK YOUR CAR IN HARVARD YARD (Tony nomination), HURLYBURLY (Tony Award) and STEAMING (Tony Award). TV credits include NURSE JACKIE and DESIGNING WOMEN.
Angelina Fiordellisi is an actress and is now celebrating her 20th year as Producing Artistic Director of Cherry Lane Theatre. She starred on Broadway in ZORBA and appeared in the musical's national tour, as well as the national tour of ANNIE. She appeared in the long-running Off-Broadway musical (and recent revival) of NUNSENSE at Cherry Lane Theatre, and recently appeared in CATCH THE BUTCHER and Joe Pintauro's SNOW ORCHID.
Barnett Kelman's work on Broadway includes BREAKFAST WITH LES AND BESS, KEY EXCHANGE, DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA and THE LOMAN FAMILY PICNIC. He has been nominated for several Emmy Awards and won as director of MURPHY BROWN.
For performance and ticket information go to www.cherrylanetheatre.org; or call OvationTix at 866 8111 4111; or in person at the Cherry Lane box office at 38 Commerce St.