George Street Playhouse Artistic Director David Saint announced today that the theatre has postponed their scheduled production of Clever Little Lies, penned by Tony Award-winning playwright Joe DiPietro, which was to star award-winning actress Marlo Thomas. Mark St. Germain's critically-acclaimed play The Best of Enemies, originally produced by Barrington Stage Company, will take its place in the New Brunswick theatre's season, running November 29 – December 23.
"George Street Playhouse's good friend Marlo Thomas has been offered a recurring role in the television series, 'The New Normal,' said Artistic Director David Saint, who was to helm the postponed production. "Unfortunately the result of this wonderful opportunity is that she will not be able to appear on our stage this fall in Joe DiPietro's Clever Little Lies. We have decided to postpone the production until such time as when Marlo is available and wish her well on this exciting project."
Saint continued, "It is my pleasure to welcome my friend and colleague Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director of the nationally-renowned Barrington Stage Company, who will re-mount her critically-acclaimed production of The Best of Enemies on the George Street Playhouse stage. I am exceptionally proud to bring this powerful, moving and uplifting play about redemption and hope to George Street Playhouse."
Tickets issued for Clever Little Lies will be honored for The Best of Enemies. Ticketholders are encouraged to contact the George Street Playhouse Patron Services Department at 732-246-7717 with any questions or concerns. George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue, in the heart of New Brunswick's dining and entertainment district.
Inspired by the best-selling book by Osha Gray Davidson, The Best of Enemies is a true story about the relationship between C.P. Ellis (a Grand Cyclops of the KKK) and Ann Atwater (an African-American civil rights activist) during the desegregation of the Durham, NC, schools in 1971. The Best of Enemies exposes the poison of prejudice in the hearts of Atwater and Ellis who, by facing each other, are forced to face the worst, and best, in themselves.
The Best of Enemies is recommended for mature audiences due to strong language.
Mark St. Germain has seen the world premieres of The Best of Enemies, Freud's Last Session, The God Committee (directed by David Saint), Ears on a Beatle, and Ciao! as well as the 2006 production of The Collyer Brothers at Home and Period Piece produced at Barrington Stage Company. He has also written the plays Camping with Henry and Tom and Forgiving Typhoid Mary (produced at George Street Playhouse) . His comedy, The Fabulous Lipitones, written with John Markus, will premiere at Atlanta's Theatrical Outlet. With Randy Courts he wrote the musicals The Gifts of the Magi, Johnny Pye and Jack's Holiday. His musical Stand by Your Man was written for Nashville's Ryman Theater. Mark has written for "The Cosby Show" and co-wrote the screenplay for Carroll Ballard's film Duma. He directed and produced the documentary My Dog featuring Richard Gere, Lynn Redgrave, Billy Collins and wrote the award winning children's book, Three Cups. Mark is proud to be a Board Member and Associate Artist at BSC and honored to have his name on the Stage 2 theatre.