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Dear New York Ephs–
My apologies to anyone who is getting this twice– just trying to spread the word about my latest project– a New York premiere of a play written in 1779 by Frances Burney. Her writing for the stage was censored in her own time, but now it is brought for the first time to a Manhattan stage. Hope you can join us!
Erika Iverson ’94

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Magis Theatre Company
The Witlings
by Frances Burney
Why has it taken 229 years for this comedy to open in New York?
      "O how little does the world suspect the secret labours of a belle esprit!"
“O how little does the world suspect the secret labours of a belle esprit!”
Lady Smatter
Cordially Invites You to a Gathering
of the First Wits of the Age

When: May 16th to June 1st
Thursday to Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm
There will be talkbacks with the cast on Sunday May 18th and 25th
Where: The West End Theater at the Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew
263 W 86th St., 2nd Floor
Tickets: $18 at www.theatermania.com or (212) 352-3101
Written nearly 230 years ago, THE WITLINGS, Frances Burney’s scathingly funny satire of the foibles of “The Enlightened,” will finally have its long overdue New York Premiere when Magis Theatre Company presents its production for a limited engagement run.

        "O, I know, now, you want to tempt me..."
“O, I know, now, you want to tempt me…”
THE WITLINGS comes to us as a surprising time capsule: a treasure belonging to a bygone era yet destined for life in ours.  First penned in 1779, it met with opposition from the status-quo. Despite pleas from the artistic community, Frances’ play was just too controversial to be produced.  Never performed or published in her lifetime, THE WITLINGS was put away and unseen by the public until a volume featuring the work of early women writers was printed in 1995.  Now, at long last, Frances Burney’s witty and salient words will come to life on the New York stage in a vibrant production that matches her 18th Century wit with dynamic portrayals of familiar fashionistas and hipsters in farcical physical comedy.

Directed by Deborah Philips, the creative team includes Gian Marco Lo Forte, Scenic Design; Deb O, Costume Design; JeffRey Salzberg, Lighting Design; Martha Goode, Sound Design; Stephanie Brookover, Stage Manager; Gregor Paslawsky, Style Coach and
Robert Carr
eon, Production Advisor.

The cast includes: Laura Ayala, Karmin Calderon, George Drance, Casey Groves, Erika Iverson, Wendy Mapes, Frank Mihelich, Rachel Benbow Murdy, Elizabeth Mutton, Iliana Paris, Gabriel Portuondo, Margi Sharp, Adam Silano and Graham Skipper.

Press Contact: Les Schecter LS Public Relations
244 West 54th Street, 9th Floor New York, NY 10019
Tel: (212) 586-2600 e-mail: lester.schecter@verizon.net
Visit www.magistheatre.org for more information
Check out our trailer on You Tube
Photography by Patrick Cottington
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