The Silver Series at Plymouth State University will present L.A. Theatre Works’ production of The Prisoner of Second Avenue at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 9 in the Hanaway Theatre.
A classic Neil Simon comedy, The Prisoner of Second Avenue is the tale of a married couple trying to survive life in their New York apartment during a summer heat wave and a lengthy garbage strike. After the husband loses his job, only to come home to a burglarized apartment, he finds that his wife thinks he is having a nervous breakdown. To escape, Mel visits his brother Harry in the country, but his neurosis only gets worse … and funnier.
This radio drama-style production features stage and screen stars Sharon Gless and Richard Masur. Gless and Masur are replacing JoBeth Williams and Hector Elizondo, originally scheduled for the production.
Sharon Gless is best known for her portrayal of New York police detective Christine Cagney on the hit television series, “Cagney & Lacey,” which garnered her two Emmys, a Golden Globe and six Emmy nominations. Following “Cagney & Lacey,” Gless starred in “The Trials of Rosie O’Neil,” earning her second Golden Globe and two more Emmy nominations. She recently completed her fifth and final season as Debbie Novotny in the groundbreaking Showtime series, “Queer As Folk.”
Gless has starred in numerous radio plays, one of which, “Night Mother” for the BBC, earned her the International Sony Award. She has starred twice on stage in London’s famed West End.
Over his 30-year performing career, Richard Masur has starred in more than 45 feature films, including “Risky Business,” “My Girl,” “Heaven’s Gate,” “Under Fire” and “Play It to the Bone.” He can currently be seen in Todd Solondz’ “Palindromes.” His television films include the critically acclaimed HBO film “And The Band Played On,” “Hiroshima,” “Adam,” “Fallen Angel” and “*61.”
Masur received an Emmy nomination for his performance opposite Farrah Fawcett in “The Burning Bed.” His starring roles in television series include “Picket Fences,” “Rhoda” and “One Day At A Time.” Last season he starred in the world premiere of Daniel Goldfarb’s “Sarah, Sarah,” at the Manhattan Theatre Club, and has just completed a six-month run on Broadway in the critically acclaimedU.S. premiere of Michael Frayne’s “Democracy”.
L.A. Theatre Works is the foremost radio theater company in the United States. It is broadcast on NPR and the BBC and has an international reputation for producing high-quality theater and attracting marquee actors. On the road, the actors make a connection with the audience rarely felt in a traditional theater setting. This production features a Foley engineer on stage to provide sound effects as part of the performance.
Tickets for The Prisoner of Second Avenue, which is sponsored by Sodexho Campus Services and Speare Memorial Hospital, are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS or online at silver.plymouth.edu for $30 – $20. Box office hours are Monday – Friday noon – 6 p.m. and one hour prior to performances.