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Photo Flash: Doris to Darlene

Playwrights Horizons production of Doris to Darlene, A Cautionary Valentine, a new play by Jordan Harrison and directed by Les Waters, officially opens its world premiere on December 11, 2007 at Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theatre (416 West 42nd Street).

The cast features award-winning jazz vocalist de'Adre Aziza, David Chandler, Michael Crane, Laura Heisler, Tom Nelis and Tobias Segal.

"Doris To Darlene, A Cautionary Valentine begins in the candy-colored 1960s, when a biracial schoolgirl named Doris (Aziza) is molded into pop star Darlene by a whiz-kid record producer (Crane) who culls a top-ten hit out of Richard Wagner's Liebestod.  Rewind to the candy-colored 1860s, where Wagner (Chandler) is writing the melody that will become Darlene's hit song.  Fast-forward to the not-so-candy-colored present, where a teenager (Segal) obsesses over Darlene's music – and his music teacher (Nelis). Three dissonant decades merge into an unlikely harmony in this time-jumping pop fairy tale about the dreams and disasters behind one transcendent song," explain press notes.

The performance schedule for Doris To Darlene, A Cautionary Valentine will be Tuesdays through Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2:30 & 8PM and Sundays at 2:30 & 7:30 PM.  Tickets are $65 and will go on sale to the general public starting Wednesday, October 17.  Tickets may be purchased online via, by phone at (212) 279-4200 (Noon-8pm daily), or in person at the Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd Street (between 9th & 10th Ave).

Photos by Joan Marcus

de'Adre Aziza as Doris and Michael Crane as Vic Watts

Tom Nelis as Mr. Campani

l-r: Michael Crane, Tobias Segal as The Young Man, Tom Nelis, de'Adre Aziza, Laura Heisler as King Ludwig II and David Chandler as Richard Wagner

de'Adre Aziza

Tobias Segal and Tom Nelis

Laura Heisler and David Chandler

David Chandler

Michael Crane and de'Adre Aziza

de'Adre Aziza, Michael Crane and David Chandler

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