A daughter fueled by faith, a mother driven by delusion, and a family secret that sounds the bell between them. Tony winner Michele Pawk is to star in the world premiere of 17 Orchard Point, directed by Stella Powell-Jones. Also starring and written by Stephanie DiMaggio and co-written by Anton Dudley (Substitution, Getting Home), the dark comedy will have a limited off-Broadway run April 25 through May 24. Opening night is set for May 4 at The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row.
The new play follows two generations of women battling to claim their home and history. Lydia (Pawk) lives by her motto, "leave your baggage at the door, or it will end up on your face." A decade after fleeing Cleveland for one long night out in Vegas, leaving the family's apartment building under the management of her daughter Vera (DiMaggio), Lydia returns to find a lifetime of "baggage” waiting for her inside.
Scenic Design is by John McDermott, costume design is by Tilly Grimes, lighting design is by Daisy Long and sound design is by Elisheba Ittoop.
Pawk received a Tony award for Hollywood Arms. Other Broadway credits include: Hairspray, Losing Louie, Mamma Mia, Chicago, Seussical, Cabaret, Triumph Of Love, Crazy For You and Mail. DiMaggio appeared on Broadway in A Free Man Of Color, along with numerous off-Broadway credits.