Wendy Beckett's LOVE THERAPY Opens 4/29

Wendy Beckett's seductive new play, Love Therapy opens at the DR2 Theatre (101 East 15th Street) on Monday, April 29th. Directed by Evan Bergman, Love Therapy is the fourth in a series of ten of Ms. Beckett's plays that will be brought across the Pacific from Australia by Peter Walters for Pascal Productions. For tickets, please visit Telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200.

LOVE THERAPY is a play about a young therapist who finds herself out of her depth when intimacy, attraction and passion collide with the healing process.

Featured in the cast are: David Bishins (The Glass House), Christopher Burns (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Two-Time Tony Award nominee Alison Fraser, Margot White (Happy Birthday) and Janet Zarish (An Enemy of the People).

Wendy Beckett (Playwright) has written more than 25 plays and directed more than 40. She has also written biographies, books, librettos, radio plays for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and articles of academic study and journalism. At 22 she founded a theatre company Colours Inc. in Adelaide, Australia where she was the playwright and company director with a staff of 50. On ABC radio, she conducted interviews with some of the best minds of our time including Gore Vidal, Leonard Bernstein and Paul Bowles. Her academic background includes literature, psychology and science and she has lectured in universities in those subjects. She brings all these enthusiasms to her writing. For ten years now she has been writing and directing her own work. Her books and plays are collected by the Australian National Library in Canberra. She attracts and works with eminent Australian artists and has a passion for writing and staging biographical plays. For The Love of Alma Mahler was performed at the Sydney Opera House. Her other areas of interest in playwriting range from domestic to artistic, psychological and political dramas. Her first play performed in the US was Anaís Nin One of Her Lives, which opened at the Beckett Theatre in NYC in 2006. Wendy is a qualified psychologist who completed her registration while working as counselor to the Australian Society of Authors. She started her academic career in medicine and changed to psychology and literature. Because of her later work writing and directing in theatre, this play contains a certain truth, which gives the audience a rare insight into the process of therapy -from the therapist's point of view. Wendy has an on going commitment to write and direct a new play every year in New York.

Evan Bergman (Director) most recently directed the New York premiere of Jack Canfora's Poetic License at 59E59 featuring Geraint Wyn Davies. Other credits include Off Broadway's long running New York and Los Angeles productions of The Director starring John Shea, The New York premiere of The Glass House at Theater Row with Harris Yulin (Three IT Award nominations) and The Tangled Skirt by Steve Braunstein (Nominated for 2011 EDGAR Award-Best Mystery/Thriller). Mr. Bergman will direct the New York premiere of Jack Canfora's NNPN award winning play Jericho next fall.

Alison Fraser is a two-time Tony Award nominee for playing Martha in The Secret Garden and Josefine in Romance/Romance, and received the first ever Barrymore Award for her portrayal of The Blonde in The Wilma Theatre's production of Gunmetal Blues. Other Broadway roles include, Tessie Tura in Arthur Laurents' Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, Dorine in Tartuffe: Born Again and Helena in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Recently, Ms. Fraser created the role of The Matron (opposite Shirley Knight) in the world premiere of Tennessee Williams's last play In Masks Outrageous and Austere, Faith in the American premiere of Wendy Beckett's A Charity Case, Arsinoë in the world premiere of David Ives's The School for Lies directed by Walter Bobbie at Classic Stage Company and Sister Walburga in the world premiere of Charles Busch's Off-Broadway hit The Divine Sister. Off-Broadway roles Alison has created include, Jessie in Terrence McNally's Dedication, or the Stuff of Dreams, Trina in March of the Falsettos and In Trousers, Miss Drumgoole in Up Against It, Uta in The Green Heart, and Connie, Brenda, and Petula in Beehive. Her screen credits include Smash, Law & Order: SVU, The Thing About My Folks, Jack and His Friends, In the Blood, Commentary, Jack in a Box (web series regular), It Could Be Worse (series regular), Family Games and Blowtorch.

David Bishins: NY theater: The Glass House (The Clurman), We Declare You a Terrorist (SPF at The Public), Incident at Vichy (The Beckett), Catch-22 (Lortel), Anais Nin, One of Her Lives (The Beckett), A Mother, A Daughter and a Gun (Dodger Stages), Sympathetic Magic (Second Stage), Bad Girls (Director's Co.), The Nest (Tectonic Theatre Project), Boys in the Band (WPA & Lortel), Teibele and Her Demon (JRT), Tower of Evil (CSC). Regional: Brighton Beach Memoirs/Broadway Bound (The Old Globe), To Kill a Mockingbird (Intiman Theatre), Place Setting (NJ Rep), True West (Vermont Stage Co.), Rag and Bone, A Month in the Country (Long Wharf), Arcadia (Wilma), The Dybbuk (Pittsburgh Public), Reckless (Hartford Stage). Film and TV: Salt, The Adjustment Bureau, Henry's Crime, Sorry, Haters!, The War Within, The Magic Helmet, Homeland, Blue Bloods, Fringe, Babylon Fields (pilot), Law & Order, Law & Order: CI, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Trial by Jury.

Christopher Burns: London: Duke of York's. New York: TACT, Walkerspace, three shows at Rattlestick, Lincoln Center, The Longacre Theatre, NYTW, Studio Tisch and others. Regional: Huntington, Repertory of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, Initman, Cleveland Playhouse, Denver Center, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Portland Center Stage and others. Film and TV: Royal Pains, Elementary, The Immigrant, Rubicon, You Don't Know Jack, Kings, Rescue Me, Law & Order, L&O: SVU, Important Things with Dimitri Martin, Guiding Light, All My Children.

Margot White's favorite credits include Broadway/Off-Broadway: Aaron Sorkin's The Farnsworth Invention, Rosmersholm (The Pearl, opposite Austin Pendleton), The Traveling Lady (E.S.T., Drama Desk nomination, Best Revival), Pericles (Red Bull), Love Goes to Press! (Mint Theatre), world premiere of When They Speak of Rita (Primary Stages) directed by Horton Foote; regional: Marshall Mason's revival of Talley's Folly at The McCarter with Richard Schiff, Studio Theatre/DC, A.C.T, Great Lakes, CATF, Pioneer and STNJ. TV/Film: Law & Order, Law & Order: CI, Ugly Betty, Blue Bloods, Four Single Fathers, Face Time and a couple of pilots on the "cutting room floor" network.

Janet Zarish's New York credits include The Public Theater, The Roundabout, Primary Stages, Minetta Lane Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Harold Clurman Theater, The John Houseman Theatre, The Pearl Theatre, New York Stage and Film and The Resonance Theater. Regional theater credits include The Long Wharf Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre, The McCarter Theatre, Sundance, The Old Globe, ACT Seattle, O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Yale Rep, Hartford Stage, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Humana Festival at Actor's Theatre of Louisville. Film: Brooklyn to Manhattan, Life in Flight, The Zoo, Season of Youth, The Next Big Thing, Object of My Affection, Malcolm X, Square Root of Three, Mystic Pizza, Without a Trace, Danny. Television: Law & Order, Seinfeld, Mad about You, The Client, Homicide, NY Undercover, The Webster Report, The Early Days, Love & War and others. Lee Halpern on One Life to Live.

The playing schedule for Love Therapy is as follows: Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8PM, with matinees on Saturday at 2PM and Sunday at 3PM. Tickets are $45 and are available by visiting www.telecharge.com or calling (212) 239-6200



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