Says Clive Barnes of the New York Times, "Kevin O'Morrison's LADYHOUSE BLUES is a strangely atmospheric play, which at times has the haunting quality of Chekhov ... extremely moving and extraordinarily evocative." Set in August 1919 in St. Louis, a working-class American mother and her daughters await the return of husbands, sons, and brothers from World War I. While all of the ladies look forward to better days to come, each has a unique view of her changing world. War is altering the foundation of American society, and transforming this family's relationships to their country and to each other. Continues Barnes, "In a remarkably unaffected way, LADYHOUSE BLUES appears to pinpoint just that evolution." Interlaced with the music that comforts the women and punctuates their work and leisure, LADYHOUSE BLUES is a compelling ensemble portrait of five American women and their place in a war-scarred nation.
LADYHOUSE BLUES will feature 3Graces Theater Co.'s signature attention to dramaturgy by immersing both the audience and artists in the world of the play, from special rehearsals for the cast such as trips to New York City's Tenement Museum, to interactive theater lobby displays and post-performance discussions. Chelsea Silverman and Elizabeth Bunnell are co-producers of the two productions in repertory, LADYHOUSE BLUES and THE LOWER EAST SIDE PROJECT; Alexis Distler provides scenic design and Patrick T. Cecala II lighting design for both shows. LADYHOUSE BLUES is directed by Marc Weitz; the cast includes Dorothy Abrahams, Kathleen Bishop, Kelli Lynn Harrison, Nitra Gutiérrez, Annie McGovern, and an onstage ensemble of preachers, vendors, and neighbors. John D. Ivy serves as musical director and has composed original music for the show. Costumes are designed by Veneda Truesdale. Bill Kuhrt is Stage Manager. Helping the cast and audience better understand the world of the play are dramaturgs Emily Mitchell, Dorothy Abrahams, and Suzanne Barbetta.
JUNE 23 GALA BENEFIT for THE BOTTOMLESS CLOSET
Continuing 3Graces' mission of community service, its June 23 performance of LADYHOUSE BLUES at 8pm will be preceded by a Gala benefit evening featuring live music at 7pm. Proceeds from the gala will benefit The Bottomless Closet; suggested donation for the entire evening is $30. The Bottomless Closet is a not-for-profit organization created to promote women's economic self-sufficiency by providing interview skills, business clothing, and ongoing career development and support programs to economically disadvantaged women in New York City. www.BottomlessClosetNYC.org.
LADYHOUSE BLUES is the second offering of 3Graces Theater Co.'s mainstage series, War Stories, which explores the lives of women during wartime. LADYHOUSE BLUES will run in repertory with the GraceNotes work-in-progress, THE LOWER EAST SIDE PROJECT, at the Linhart Theater at 440 Studios. War Stories will continue this fall with WARRIOR by Shirley Gee.
About the Company: 3Graces Theater Co.
3GRACES THEATER CO. was founded in 2004 with a mission to stage women's stories, deliver solid dramaturgy, build a strong ensemble, and give back to the community. 3Graces kicked off its inaugural season last November with A PIECE OF MY HEART by Shirley Lauro, the first of its mainstage War Stories series which will be continued by LADYHOUSE BLUES. 3Graces donated part of the proceeds from A PIECE OF MY HEART to the American Red Cross. Running in repertory was the company's first GraceNotes production, David's Balls, a solo piece starring company member Margot Avery.
Weekdays and Saturdays @ 8pm: June 16-18 and 22-25, and June 28-July 1
Sundays @ 2pm: June 19 and 26
Please join us after either matinee performance for a discussion with the cast and creative team.
Theater: Linhart Theater
Address: 440 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY
Buy Tickets Online or Call: 3Graces Theater Co. at 212-631-8742