Nominated for 4 Tony awards including Best New Play.
“Funny and provocative. Genuinely arresting.” The New York Times
“A fascinating and timeless new play” New York Magazine
Casa Valentina gives us a glimpse into the lives of a group of ‘self-made women’ as they search for acceptance and happiness in a high heel. Based on actual events, this delightfully insightful and hilariously entertaining piece is written by Harvey Fierstein, the Tony award winning writer of Kinky Boots, La Cage aux Folles, and Newsies.
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. It was paradise for these men—white-collar professionals with families—to spend their weekends discreetly and safely inhabiting their true selves. But, at a time when the outside world was not accepting of their identities, they had to decide whether the freedom they would gain by emerging from hiding and living an authentic life was worth the risk of personal ruin.
Infused with Fierstein’s trademark wit, this moving, insightful and delightfully entertaining tale of self-discovery 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.
Casa Valentina reunites producer Paul Taylor-Mills and director Luke Sheppard: the team behind the smash hit In The Heights. Taylor-Mills is also reuniting with producer Amy Anzel for the first time since their critically acclaimed 50th anniversary production of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.
Stonewall Gala Performance
24 September 2015 – Following the performance there will be a Q&A hosted by Anthony Davis from Smooth Radio with Ayaz Manj and Peter Mercer from Stonewall along with the cast and producers.
Music and Sound Designer
Will Burton CDG
Paul Taylor-Mills Ltd
Amy Anzel Productions Ltd
Wednesday 23 September 2015
Join Mark Shenton and the cast after the show to find out more about the production and what inspired it.