"Fighting Words" by Sunil Kuruvilla, from 6 Feb 2004 at Peter Jay Sharp Theater

Thu 29 Jan 2004 "Fighting Words" by Sunil Kuruvilla, from 6 Feb 2004 at Peter Jay Sharp Theater Underwood Theater presents Fighting Words, by Sunil Kuruvilla, at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Playwrights Horizons, 416 West 42nd Street (Off Broadway), opening 16 Feb 2004, following previews from 6 Feb 2004, and booking to 7 Mar 2004. The cast includes: Marin Ireland , Jayne Houdyshell , Pilar Witherspoon It is directed by Liz Diamond, designed by Tobin Ost , lighting by Jeff Croiter , and costumes by Linda Ross. Based on a true story, FIGHTING WORDS tells the dramatic tale of Johnny Owen, a boxer from a small working-class Welsh town who travels to Los Angeles to compete in an international championship fight. The events unfold through the story of three women from Johnny�s hometown, each of whom has a unique passion for Johnny and his pursuits. Nia yearns for a career as a BBC radio announcer, and more importantly, an existence outside of small town life. Her younger sister, the tomboyish Peg, idolizes Johnny. His drive fuels not only Peg's fantasy to be a worthy contender in the ring, but also a worthy sparring partner for Johnny. Mrs. Davies is the sisters� landlady, who acts as a referee to their rivalry on the home front. As the town�s men journey across the Atlantic to support their local hero in his quest to become world champ, the women are left to cheer on Johnny from afar. The action culminates as the women host a party at the town gym, watching the match on television. Its shocking outcome leaves the small town reeling.

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