Press Release
Press Contact: Samantha Mighdoll - 561.514.4042 x109 - SMighdoll@palmbeachdramaworks.org

Palm Beach Dramaworks

announces ONE WEEK EXTENSION of 
Israel Horovitz's My Old Lady

starring Estelle Parsons
and featuring Angelica Page and Tim Altmeyer

 

MUST CLOSE ON JANUARY 11

December 15, 2014 - Due to an extraordinary demand for tickets, Israel Horovitz's My Old Lady, originally scheduled to close on January 4, has been extended by Palm Beach Dramaworks for an additional week, through January 11, at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre. Performances through January 4 are either sold out or have very limited availability. The show MUST close on January 11.

My Old Lady, which stars the legendary Estelle Parsons and features Angelica Page and Tim Altmeyer, is a moving drama in which three lives intertwine in unexpected and profound ways. Directed by PBD Producing Artistic Director William Hayes, the play has scenic design by K. April Soroko, costume design by Brian O'Keefe, lighting design by Ron Burns, and sound design by Richard Szczublewski.

 

Critic Bill Hirschman called the production "finely-crafted, witty and ultimately moving," and added that "the pure pleasure comes from watching actors Estelle Parsons, Angelica Page and Tim Altmeyer working at the inestimable top of their game under the deft hand of director William Hayes."

My Old Lady is a three-character play that takes place in the Paris apartment of Parsons' character, Mathilde. A down-on-his-luck New Yorker named Mathias has inherited her apartment from his estranged father, and travels to Paris with the intention of selling the flat. Only when he arrives at Mathilde's door does he learn that the apartment is a viager. In France, a property owned by an elderly person can be purchased for well below market value. But the new owner must allow the occupant to remain in the home until his or her death, and pay the resident an agreed upon fee as well. With no money and nowhere to go, Mathias winds up living with Mathilde and her rigid daughter, Chlo�.

 

Israel Horovitz has written over 70 plays, several of which have been translated into as many as 30 languages. He is the most produced American playwright in French theatre history, and is the recipient of the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, France's highest honor for foreign artists. He won Obie and Drama Desk Awards for The Indian Wants the Bronx, and the revival of his play Line has been playing off-off Broadway for 40 years. A very short list of his other well-known work includes The Primary English Class, Today I Am a Fountain Pen, The Widow's Blind Date, Fighting Over Beverley, Unexpected Tenderness, Lebensraum, and Beirut Rocks. Horovitz is the founding artistic director of the Gloucester Stage Company, which he ran for more than 25 years. 

 

Estelle Parsons, whose illustrious career spans six decades, was last seen on Broadway earlier this year in The Velocity of Autumn, for which she received her fifth Tony Award nomination. Although she has spent the better part of her professional life in the theatre, she is most widely known for her Academy Award-winning performance as Blanche Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde and her portrayal of Beverly, mother of the title character in the hit sitcom Roseanne. In the theatre, she made an indelible impression as the tyrannical eighth-grade teacher in Roberto Athayde's Miss Margarida's Way, which she performed on Broadway, all over the United States, and internationally. She has appeared in plays by the great writers of our time, including Edward Albee, Tennessee Williams, Dario Fo, Arthur Miller, Samuel Beckett, Paul Zindel, and Horton Foote. Parsons also starred in Tracy Letts' August: Osage County for a year on Broadway, followed by another year on the road. She was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2004. 

Palm  Beach Dramaworks is a non-profit, professional theatre and is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the South Florida Theatre League, Florida Professional Theatres Association, and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.


The performance schedule is as follows: Evening performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM, and Sundays at 7PM. Matinee performances are on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2PM. Wednesday matinees and Sunday evenings include a post-performance discussion. There are no performances on December 24, 25, 31, and January 1, but evening performances have been added on Tuesday, December 16, 23, and 30, as well as a matinee on December 30. Individual tickets are $62. Student tickets are available for $10; tickets for educators are half price with proper ID (other restrictions apply). Group rates for 20 or more and discounted season subscriptions are also available.

The Don & Ann Brown Theatre is located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, at 201 Clematis Street. For ticket information contact the box office at (561) 514-4042, or visit www.palmbeachdramaworks.org. Box office hours are  10AM to 5PM Monday through Saturday, and 11AM to 5PM on Sunday. On performance dates, the box office stays open through intermission.  

 
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Estelle Parsons
Estelle Parsons


Tim Altmeyer & Estelle Parsons
Tim Altmeyer
Estelle Parsons

Tim Altmeyer & Angelica Page
Tim Altmeyer
& Angelica Page


My Old Lady
Artwork by Fraver



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