Casa Valentina: new play by Harvey Fierstein

The Manhattan Theatre Club, by special arrangement with Colin Callender, Robert Cole, Frederick Zollo and The Shubert Organization, will produce the world premiere of Casa Valentina, the play by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello ('Take Me Out,' 'Wicked').

Casting, creative team, and additional listings information for Casa Valentina will be announced in the coming weeks.

The limited engagement of Casa Valentina will open at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on 23 Apr 2014, following previews from 01 Apr 2014.

Casa Valentina is four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein's ('Kinky Boots,' 'Newsies,' 'La Cage aux Folles') first play in thirty years.

Casa Valentina: Back in 1962, most men went to the Catskill Mountains to escape the summer heat, but others took the two-hour drive to escape something else entirely: being men. Nestled in the land of dirty dancing and borscht belt comedy sat an inconspicuous bungalow colony that catered to a very special clientele: heterosexual men whose favorite pastime was dressing and acting as women. It was paradise for these men-white-collar professionals with families-to spend their weekends discreetly and safely inhabiting their chosen female alter egos. But when faced with the opportunity to become an official organization, these "self-made women" had to decide whether public recognition would help them gain a place in open society or spell their own personal disaster.

The play, based on actual events, 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.

Harvey FiersteinJoe Mantello

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