The four-time Tony Award winning actor Harvey Fierstein is set to return to Broadway with Casa Valentina, directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello. The play will begin previews on April 1, 2014 and open on April 23 at Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Casa Valentina marks Fierstein’s first play in almost 30 years. He recently wrote the book for Tony-winning musicals Kinky Boots and Newsies.
The plot revolves around a group of heterosexual men in the Catskills in the 1960s who enjoy getting together to dress up like women. Problems begin when the men must decide whether or not to go public with their organization.
The press release announcing the show says: “This moving, insightful and delightfully entertaining new work offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of unforgettable characters as they search for acceptance and happiness in their very own Garden of Eden.”
Casa Valentina joins an already jam-packed season for MTC that includes Sharr White’s The Snow Geese, directed by Daniel Sullivan and starring Mary-Louise Parker; Amanda Peet’s The Commons of Pensacola, directed by Lynne Meadow and starring Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker; John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar, directed by Doug Hughes and starring Brian F. O’Byrne and Debra Messing; Dennis Kelly’s Taking Care of Baby, directed by Erica Schmidt and starring Reed Birney and Margaret Colin; Sarah Treem’s When We Were Young and Unafraid, directed by Pam MacKinnon and starring Cherry Jones; and David Grimm’s world premiere play Tales From Red Vienna.