Genre: Drama
A witty and moving drama about Frances Farmer by Sally Clark, directed by Daryl Boling.

Luminescent 1930s film icon Frances Farmer was a gutsy force of nature. She refused to play by anyone else's rules. For that, she paid a dear price. She lost her Hollywood career and endured multiple stints at Steilacoom, a Seattle psychiatric hospital. Playwright Sally Clark tackles this extraordinary tragedy with wit, reverence and ultimately fearlessness. The play illuminates the connections among art, politics and self determination. It reminds us why Frances Farmer remains a patron saint of tortured, yet resilient souls.

Director Daryl Boling, a founding member and managing director of manhattantheatresource, follows two well-received directorial efforts, Dark Rapture and Black Comedy/The White Liars, with Saint Frances of Hollywood. Regarding Dark Rapture, Dan Isaac of Backstage raved, "Director Daryl Boling achieves wonderful results with a group of first-rate actors." heralded Black Comedy/The White Liars as "hilarious entertainment".

Sarah Ireland, a graduate of Maggie Flanigan Studio, stars as the enigmatic Frances Farmer. Ms. Ireland's credits include Burning Blue (Off-Broadway) and Jonny Zero (TV). Jeffrey Plunkett, who plays Frances Farmer's psychiatrist Dr. Betelgeuse, appeared at The Cherry Lane Theatre in Concertina's Rainbow with Mia Dillon, Joyce Van Patten and Anne Pitoniak. Off-Broadway and manhattantheatresource veterans Fiona Jones and Sharon Fogarty round out the cast as legendary gossip hound Louella Parsons and Frances's mother Lillian, respectively.

Sally Clark is an award-winning Canadian playwright whose work includes The Trial of Judith K., Life without Instruction, and Saint Frances of Hollywood. In 1990, she received the Chalmers Award.
About the Company: Manhattan Theatre Source

Manhattantheatresource is a not-for-profit art service organization celebrating its fifth anniversary. Its 55-seat theatre, book store and cabaret, run by full-time volunteers, have afforded more than 2,400 artists opportunities to work in over 475 productions. The Source also provides workshops, marketing and design support, voiceover and video editing services and career consulting to local artists.

Open:   07/13/05
Close:   08/06/05

Wednesday to Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Theater:   Manhattan Theater Source
Address:   177 MacDougal St
New York, NY 10011
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