| Open: 03/13/08 Close: 04/06/08
Affluenza! is a contemporary farce by James Sherman (named the Neil Simon of Lincoln Avenue). Multi-millionaire William Moore lives the high life in his Chicago penthouse with his loyal assistant Bernard. When Moore brings home a new girlfriend, his son and ex-wife are threatened by the potential new heir to his fortune. Who gets what and who ends up with whom is revealed in this lively farce.
The Chicago Reader exclaimed, "James Sherman has created a Moliere play for our times," while the Chicago Sun Times raved, "Monsieur Moliere, Sherman has neatly captured your taste for pranks and reversals and all forms of scheming."
Heiress Productions was founded to raise cancer awareness and funds through entertaining and inspirational professional theater. Proceeds from Affluenza! will benefit Miracle House, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to caregivers and patients coming to New York City for treatment. Through the years, its mission has grown to include anyone seeking critical medical treatment including cancer, clinical trials, reconstructive surgery and more.
Starring: Nancy Evans, Paul Herbig, Philipe D. Preston, Michael Saenz, Stephen Squibb, &
Mary Willis White
Scenic Design ~ Josh Zangen
Lighting Design ~ Joel E. Silver
Costume Design ~ Chloe Chapin
Stage Manager ~ Colin Miller
Production Manager ~ Amber Estes
| Open: 03/19/09 Close: 04/12/09
BELLES: a play in two acts and forty-five phone calls
The Walker sisters, born and raised in Memphis, now live in six different US cities and communicate solely by phone. The eldest, Peggy, who remained with Mama in Tennessee, calls her siblings when their mother is hospitalized – nothing serious, she just ate some bad tuna – but the phone calls lead to often comedic and sometimes brutal confrontations about the past and the present.
BELLES is directed by Marisa Viola. Scenic design is by Jonathan W. Collins, costume design is by Emily DeAngelis, lighting design is by Jessica Greenberg and sound design is by Chris Rummel.
The Walker sisters are played by Laura Faith as Paige, Ashton Heyl as Aneece, Rebecca Lovett as Peggy, Kristi McCarson as Roseanne, Christina Shipp as Sherry, and Kelly Strandemo as Audrey
Proceeds from BELLES will benefit Joe’s House, a nonprofit organization providing a nation-wide online service that helps cancer patients and their families find lodging near treatment centers.
| Open: 10/22/10 Close: 11/07/10
Heiress Productions is pleased to present the world premiere of CRITICAL MASS, by Joanne Sydney Lessner, directed by Donald Brenner (December Fools, A Tale of Two Cities). CRITICAL MASS will play a 3-week limited engagement at The Lion @ Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street). Performances begin Friday, October 22nd through Sunday, November 7th. Proceeds from CRITICAL MASS will benefit The Lustgarten Foundation, dedicated to funding pancreatic cancer research.
Press are cordially invited Friday, October 22nd at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, October 23rd at 8:00 pm & Sunday, October 24th at 3:00 p.m.
(Unofficial press dates will be accommodated, upon request.)
In Joanne Sydney Lessner’s new hilarious revenge comedy, a pair of married opera critics are forced to reexamine their priorities when the tenor whose career they ruined moves in with them.
Carrie Greenlea is an opera critic who enjoys skewering singers for everything from bad high notes to bad nose jobs. Her husband and fellow critic, Norman, prefers to equivocate rather than hurt anyone’s feelings. When Stefano Donato, a mediocre Italian tenor whose career they have jointly ruined, moves in with them, he proceeds to exact revenge. Events reach critical mass when their household is further invaded by their Bette Davis-impersonating editor; a marginally talented, but resourceful soprano; and Stefano’s desperate wife. For Critical Mass, playwright Joanne Sydney Lessner drew on her own experience reviewing recordings and performances for Opera News over the past decade.
“Writing Critical Mass was my way of working through what I consider to be a solemn responsibility,” says Lessner. “To find the comedy, I took one of my fears as a critic – finding myself face to face with someone whose performance I didn’t like – and drew it out to the extreme. There are
moments when the play borders on farce, and there’s a fair helping of operatic excess, but it does explore, quite seriously, the nature and purpose of arts criticism. I think critics can lose sight of the fact that they have the power not just to derail a single career, but also to squelch a vulnerable art form. But because I’m still also an active performer, I can appreciate both sides of the equation.”
Featuring Aaron Davis*, Laura Faith, Marc Geller*, Zac Hoogendyk*, Shorey Walker*, and Leigh Williams*.
Mary Willis White and Laura Faith are the producing directors. Set design by Chris Minard, costume design by Ashley Rose Horton, lighting design by Melissa Mizell, and sound design by Hidenori Nakajo. The production stage manager is Taylor Crampton.
CRITICAL MASS plays the following schedule through Sunday, November 7th:
Wednesdays through Fridays at 8pm
Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm (there will be no Saturday matinee on 10/23)
Sundays at 3pm
Tickets are $18 and are now available online at www.Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Theatre Row Box Office, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Running time: 2 hours including one intermission
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*Appearing Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.
Equity Approved Showcase.
| Open: 04/26/07 Close: 05/20/07
Jean Kerr's Lunch Hour is a warm, witty play about a quirky young woman, Carrie, and a slightly stiff marriage counselor, Oliver, who discover their spouses are having an affair. To incite some jealousy from their cheating spouses, they stage an affair of their own. Will they be able to even the score or will they cause more trouble? Maura Farver directs.
Founded to raise cancer awareness and funds through entertaining and inspirational professional theater, Heiress Productions is proud to honor the memory of Gilda Radner, who starred in Lunch Hour on Broadway, by donating 50% of the net profits from its inaugural production to Gilda's Club of New York City, which was founded to provide free support to anyone affected by cancer and bears the comedian's name.
| Open: 03/02/12 Close: 03/18/12
In THIRDS, three sisters inherit their mother's house. The problem is that the daughters cannot agree on how to divide the estate. When one of the sisters begins to build a brick wall to claim her third of the house, it's clear a decision must be made before the mortar dries.