Tony Winner Deirdre O’Connell to Star in Sarah Ruhl’s Becky Nurse of Salem Off-Broadway | The Broadway Buzz

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by Sarah Ruhl Salem Nurse Becky is coming to the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center Theater this fall. The new play, directed by Tony winner Rebecca Taichman, will begin preview performances on October 27 and open on November 21.

The black comedy stars Tony winner Deirdre O’Connell as Becky along with Tina Benko, Candy Buckley, Alicia Crowder, Thomas Jay Ryan, Julian Sanchez and Bernard White.

Salem Nurse Becky follows Becky (O’Connell), a modern-day descendant of the accused witch Rebecca Nurse in Salem. Becky, who works at the local witch museum, seems to be dogged by bad luck. Is it a curse from his past? Or her inability to navigate her present Searching for love and redemption through spells, pills, and a bartender named Bob (White), Becky is a contemporary pilgrim of the Lock Her Up era. A play about the legacy of misogyny, witchcraft, and even Arthur Miller, Becky Nurse is a truth-teller for our time.

Playwright Ruhl is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist for In the next room, where the buzzer plays and The clean house. She is also known for writing How to transcend a happy marriage, the oldest boy, For Peter Pan on his 70th birthday, Dead Man’s Cell Phone and more. Ruhl has received several awards, including the MacArthur “Genius” Grant, the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, the Helen Merrill Emerging Playwrights Award, the Whiting Writers’ Award, the MacArthur Fellowship, and many others.

The production includes sets by Riccardo Hernandez, costumes by Emily Rebholz, lighting by Barbara Samuels, sound by Palmer Hefferan and projections by Tal Yarden. Caroline Englander is the stage manager.

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