Love is in the air off-Broadway! Handle With Care, a new play by Emmy nominee Jason Odell Williams, begins performances December 3 at the Westside Theatre Downstairs. Starring Tony nominee Carol Lawrence, opening night is set for December 15.
The romantic comedy tells the story of a young Israeli woman who reluctantly travels with her grandmother to America. The young woman, who has little command of English, meets a man who has little command of romance. Is their inevitable love an accident, or destiny generations in the making?
Directed by Karen Carpenter, in addition to Lawrence, Handle With Care stars Sheffield Chastain, Charlotte Cohn and Jonathan Sale. The show features set design by David Arsenault and lighting design by Cory Pattak.
Lawrence garnered a Tony nomination for her performance as Maria in the original Broadway production of West Side Story. Her many Broadway credits also include Plain and Fancy, South Pacific, Shangri-La, Ziegfeld Follies of 1957, Subways Are for Sleeping, Night Life, I Do! I Do! and Kiss of the Spider Woman.
Handle with Care originally premiered at Florida's Gulfshore Playhouse in 2011.