'A Safe Harbor For Elizabeth Bishop' completes Primary Stages 2005 - 2006 season

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Primary Stages has announced the final production of its 2005-2006 season, A Safe Harbor For Elizabeth Bishop by Marta G�es, starring Amy Irving. Ms. Irving plays the Pulitzer Prize winning poet Elizabeth Bishop, a woman whose profound passion for art and beauty produced four volumes of poetry, numerous short stories, and a near 20-year romance with the extraordinary Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares. With direction by Richard Jay-Alexander, performances are set to begin March 21, 2006 at 59E59 Theaters for a limited run through April 30, 2006.

Marta G�es' play transports us from the harbors of Rio, Seattle, New York, and Boston, as it details a sweeping landscape of the truths behind commitment. A play about love, loss, politics, and sexual intrigue, A Safe Harbor For Elizabeth Bishop invites us on a journey of redemption and self-acceptance.

The drama is produced in association with Waxman/Williams Entertainment and Mahega Productions.

A Safe Harbor For Elizabeth Bishop joins the previously announced plays Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams by Terrence McNally, directed by Michael Morris featuring Nathan Lane and Marian Seldes, (performances begin on the 26 Jul 2005), and The Right Kind of People by Charles Grodin and directed by Chris Smith set for the 24 Jan 2006.

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Amy Irving (Elizabeth Bishop) is well known to film audiences for her starring roles in 'Yentl,' 'Carrie,' 'The Fury,' 'Micki and Maude,' 'Crossing Delancey,' 'Traffic' and 'Deconstructing Harry.' Broadway credits include 'Amadeus', 'Three Sisters', 'Broken Glass' and 'Heartbreak House'. Off-Broadway, she has appeared in 'The Road to Mecca' (OBIE Award winner), 'The Exonerated' and 'The Vagina Monologues'.

Marta G�es (Playwright) was born in Houghton, Michigan and raised in Brazil growing up in Petropolis, a mountain region near Rio, not far from where poetess Elizabeth Bishop lived. Her plays include 'Prepare Your Feet For Summer', 'The Girl Who Said That', 'Just One More Moment' and 'Tourists and Refugees'.

Richard Jay-Alexander (Director), who after a brief stint as an actor (original Broadway cast member in 'Zoot Suit' and 'Amadeus') was the Associate Director of the national touring companies of the Tony Award winning play 'Amadeus'. Additional Broadway credits include 'Les Miserables' (Associate Director), 'Song and Dance' starring Bernadette Peters (Assistant Director) and 'Five Guys Named Moe' (Associate Director). He directed the Vassar College/NY Stage & Film production of A Safe Harbor for Elizabeth Bishop starring Amy Irving.

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