Oscar-nominated stage vet Amy Irving has joined the cast of Signature Theatre Company’s world premiere of Cheri, a new theater piece conceived, choreographed and directed by Martha Clarke. Irving will co-star with ballet greats Herman Cornejo and Alessandra Ferri in a production set to run from November 19 through December 22 at the Pershing Square Signature Center's Irene Diamond Stage. Opening night is December 8.
Inspired by the 1920 novella by controversial French author Colette, Cheri is described as a fusion of theater, live music and dance. Featuring pianist Sarah Rothenberg and a text by playwright Tina Howe, the production tells a tragic story of forbidden love between a young man and an older woman in Belle Époque Paris.
The creative team includes David Zinn (scenic and costume design), Christopher Akerlind (lighting design), Arthur Solari and Samuel Crawford (sound design) and Sarah Rothenberg (music supervision).
An Oscar nominee for Yentl, Irving was featured in the TV series Zero Hour and Alias. Her Broadway credits include The Coast of Utopia, The Three Sisters, Broken Glass, Heartbreak House and Amadeus.