The Third Story: Kathleen Turner joins cast of Charles Busch's comedy

MCC Theater has announced that Kathleen Turner has been confirmed to star in their production of Charles Busch�s The Third Story, directed by Carl Andress. Turner will appear opposite Busch, who was previously announced to play the other leading female role.

The Third Story marks her first appearance in a fully staged Off Broadway play in more than 30 years.

Turner was nominated for a Tony Award when she made her Broadway debut in 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' (Maggie: 1990 revival), and was nominated for a second Tony for her performance as 'Martha' in 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' (2005 revival). In 2007, she won the Evening Standard award as well as a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for the West End production of 'Who�s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?.' Her other Broadway credits include 'Indiscretions' (Yvonne: 1995) and 'The Graduate' (Mrs. Robinson: 2002).

In film, Turner was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in 'Body Heat.' She won the Golden Globe Award for her performances in 'Romancing the Stone' and 'Prizzi�s Honor.' Her work in 'Peggy Sue Got Married' brought her both an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination and she earned yet another Golden Globe nomination for 'War of the Roses.'

Further casting of the six-character play will be announced shortly.

This production will mark the New York Premiere of the show following a recently completed run at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. The Third Story will open at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on 2 Feb 2009, following previews from 14 Jan and run through to 28 Feb 2009.

The Third Story: A mother and son screenwriting team hunker down in Omaha after fleeing Commie-obsessed 1940�s Hollywood. A romantically-inclined but socially-inept princess makes a deal with an ancient witch. And tommy guns meet test tubes as a way-too-well-dressed first lady of the mob forms a desperate alliance with a cloning scientist whose experiments have had, um, less-than-consistent results.

The Third Story replaces the previously announced World Premiere production of Neil LaBute�s 'The Break of Noon,' which the company will now present as their first show of MCC Theater�s 24th season, in September of 2009.

Charles Busch is the author and star of such plays as 'The Lady in Question,' 'Red Scare on Sunset' and 'Vampire Lesbians of Sodom,' which ran five years and is one of the longest running plays in Off Broadway history. His play 'The Tale of the Allergist�s Wife' ran for 777 performances on Broadway and received a Tony nomination for Best Play. His play 'Die, Mummy Die!" played at New World Stages from 21 Oct 2008 to 13 Jan 2008.

Carl Andress (Director) recently directed the world premiere of 'The Third Story' at San Diego's La Jolla Playhouse. Off-Broadway his credits include 'Die Mommie Die!' (New World Stages,) 'Shanghai Moon' (Greenwich House) and 'Queen Amarantha' WPA Theatre, all written by Charles Busch.

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