From four-time Tony Award® winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots, Newsies, La Cage aux Folles) comes Casa Valentina, his first play in almost thirty years and his first-ever collaboration with Manhattan Theatre Club. Two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Wicked) directs this funny, fascinating world premiere based on actual events.
Back in 1962, most men went to the Catskill Mountains to escape the summer heat, but others took the two-hour drive to escape something else entirely: being men. Nestled in the land of dirty dancing and borscht belt comedy sat an inconspicuous bungalow colony that catered to a very special clientele: heterosexual men whose favorite pastime was dressing and acting as women. It was paradise for these men—white-collar professionals with families—to spend their weekends discreetly and safely inhabiting their chosen female alter egos. But when faced with the opportunity to become an official organization, these "self-made women" had to decide whether public recognition would help them gain a place in open society or spell their own personal disaster.
Infused with Fierstein's trademark wit, this moving, insightful and delightfully entertaining new work offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of unforgettable characters as they search for acceptance and happiness in their very own Garden of Eden.
Reed Birney, John Cullum, Gabriel Ebert, Lisa Emery, Tom McGowan, Patrick Page, Larry Pine, Nick Westrate, Mare Winningham
Author: Harvey Fierstein
Director: Joe Mantello
Producer: Manhattan Theatre Club
Press Agent: Boneau / Bryan-Brown
Nominated for 4 2014 Tony Awards
- Best Play
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play - Reed Birney
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play - Mare Winningham
- Best Costume Design of a Play - Rita Ryack
Nominated for 1 2014 Drama Desk Award
- Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play - Reed Birney - Winner!
Nominated for 2 2014 Outer Critics Circle Awards
- Outstanding New Broadway Play
- Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play - Mare Winningham - Winner!
Clothes Make the Man
Cross-dressers shed their gray flannel suits and bond at a 1960s Catskills resort in Harvey Fierstein’s new play, Casa Valentina.