Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon to direct landmark lesbian play Last Summer at Bluefish Cove on Broadway

Ellen DeGeneres and more to produce the 40th Anniversary production on the Great White Way in 2020.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Two-time Tony Award winner Cynthia Nixon is set to direct Jane Chambers' landmark lesbian play Last Summer at Bluefish Cove on Broadway in 2020.

The play was groundbreaking when it premiered Off-Broadway at the Actors' Playhouse in 1980 and this 40th Anniversary production will make history as the first Broadway production to feature an all-female cast and creative team (to be announced at a later date). A theatre and exact dates will also be confirmed in due course.

Synopsis: "It's 1980 at Bluefish Cove: a lesbian beachside haven. Lil Zalinski and her close knit group of friends take refuge here each summer to live and love freely. When a straight woman named Eva wanders unknowingly into their midst, she sends The Cove into a tailspin and knocks Lil off her feet."

Popular TV personality Ellen DeGeneres is among the producers for this landmark production, alongside Harriet Newman Leve, Portia de Rossi, Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner.

Last Summer at Bluefish Cove will mark "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon's Broadway directorial debut. Her Off-Broadway credits as a director include Culture Project's Motherstruck!, and The New Group productions of Steve and Rasheeda Speaking in 2015.

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