Beautiful Soup Postpones Return Engagement of LITTLE WARS; 'SHADES OF BLUE' & WHAT WAS LOST to Run 8/27-9/13
Due to scheduling conflicts with its original cast, Beautiful Soup will postpone the return engagement of Steven Carl McCasland's Little Wars. Replacing it in repertory with the previously announced Shades of Blue: The Decline and Fall of Lady Day, What Was Lost is a new play by McCasland chronicling Laurette Taylor's rehearsal process for the original production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie.
In Shades Of Blue: The Decline and Fall Of Lady Day, McCasland takes a searing look at the final years of Billie Holiday's life. The intermission-less memory play chronicles Lady Day's sordid history of sexual, alcohol and drug abuse. Gardenias rarely survive the winter. Join Lady Day as she prepares to take her final bow .As previously announced, Suzanne Froix stars as the tortured but talented Holiday. She is joined by Francesca MacAaron as stage and screen star Tallulah Bankhead. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
After a six-year hiatus, beloved stage and screen actress Laurette Taylor returns to the stage in McCasland's What Was Lost. For the first time in nearly a decade, she takes to the stage sober. Chronicling her process from the first rehearsal of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie through her legendary first performance as Amanda Wingfield, What We Lost is a piercing look at the lies we tell ourselves in order to survive. Casting will be announced at a later date.
The plays, running in repertory, will begin their limited engagement at The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre on August 27th and run through September 7th, 2014. Beautiful Soup is best known for reviving lost or oft-forgotten works, but occasionally presents workshops of new plays and musicals.
McCasland is the Artistic Director and Founder of Beautiful Soup Theater. His productions of Rags, Lift, Liliom, A Doll's Life and more have opened in New York to acclaim. His previous plays include Little Wars, neat & tidy (one of the Examiner's Top Ten Dramatic Plays of 2012), Alice Au Pays Des Merveilles and more. Critics have called his plays "fascinating", "powerful", "outstanding", "heartbreaking" and "magical".
The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre is located at 312 West 36th Street on the second floor. Tickets for both productions are available at ShowClix now by visiting: http://beautifulsoup.showclix.com.