With Emily Ackerman,
"Directed with a sense of looming desperation by Gaye Taylor Upchurch for Women’s Project Theater, Bethany tests the limits of subsistence morality as it edges Crystal into an increasingly dark corner: What will she, or won’t she, do next? And the intrinsically likable Ferrara keeps you guessing all the way."
"Tough, disturbing and delightfully unsentimental new tragic-comedy...unfolds at its own pace with a growing sense of mystery and dread in Gaye Taylor Upchurch's securely menacing staging. The cast for the start of the Women's Project's 35th season is first rate."
October 29, 2012: ARTS BEAT
America Ferrera to Star in New Play for Women’s Project TheaterBy ERIK PIEPENBURG
America Ferrera, who won an Emmy Award for playing the title character in ABC’s comedy “Ugly Betty,” will star in “Bethany,” a dark comedy by Laura Marks that will open the new season at the Women’s Project Theater, the company announced on Monday.
Set in an American exurb that’s been devastated by foreclosures, “Bethany” tells the story of Crystal (Ms. Ferrera), “a financially strapped woman who discovers just how far she’ll go to regain what she has lost,” according to a news release.
“It’s the only play I’ve read that deals with the foreclosure issue in the United States,” said Julie Crosby, the theater’s producing artistic director. “I was really interested in what it had to say about where we’re at now when it comes to the American dream and home ownership.”
“Bethany,” to be directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, will run Jan. 11 through Feb. 17 at the Women’s Project Theater’s new home at New York City Center Stage II. Ms. Ferrera was last seen on the New York stage in the 2005 Off Broadway production of “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead.”
12:09 PM PST 11/5/2012 by David Rooney
The "Ugly Betty" star will play a cash-strapped woman struggling to get back on her feet in the world premiere of Laura Marks' dark comedy, produced by Women's Project Theater.
NEW YORK -- America Ferrera, the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning star of ABC's Ugly Betty, will return to Off Broadway this season to play the lead in Laura Marks' dark comedy, Bethany.
Set in an American exurb hit hard by foreclosures and economic woes, the play revolves around a woman who tests the limits of her own morality as she scrambles to regain her financial footing.
Produced by Women's Project Theater, the world premiere will be directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch. It runs Jan. 11-Feb. 17 at New York City Center Stage II.
Ferrera's last Off Broadway role was in 2005 in the satirical Peanutsriff Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead. More recently, she did an eight-week stint as Roxie Hart in Chicago in London's West End.
After appearing with Michael Peña in End of Days, Ferrera will again be seen with the actor in the Diego Luna-directed biopic, Chavez, playing the wife of Latin American civil rights activist Cesar Chavez.
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