New Leslie Ayvazian comedy premiers at Dorset Theatre Festival


DORSET - Dorset Theatre presents Leslie Ayvazian's new comedy, "Out of the City."

This is the third world premiere that Dorset has produced in the past five seasons, continuing a tradition of New Play Development to which Artistic Director Dina Janis has proven deeply committed.

"Fostering new work is one of the most important things we do here at Dorset, from our Young Playwrights workshops to our New Play Reading Series," said Janis, who directs "Out of the City."

"Out of the City" tells the story of two couples who head to a Bed and Breakfast in the Poconos to celebrate a 60th birthday, and find that unexpected feelings lead to complications. Ayvazian's play "15/15" appeared on the Kilroy's "Best Unproduced Plays by Female Playwrights of 2014," and her "Nine Armenians" won the John Gassner/Outer Critics Circle Award for best new American play. Ayvazian, an actor who has been seen on and off-Broadway in shows such as "A Naked Girl on the Appian Way" and "Raised in Captivity," and has had recurring roles on Law & Order, will also star in the play.

Alongside Ayvazian, actor John Procaccino makes his Dorset debut. Procaccino is known for his work on Broadway in shows such as "A Time to Kill," "Enemy of the People" and "An American Daughter," as well as television credits on "Law & Order," "NYPD Blue" and "Smash." Janet Zarish'sr New York credits include Miss Julie and "An Enemy of the People" at Roundabout Theatre and The Square at The Public. She has also appeared in films such as "Object of My Affection" and "Mystic Pizza." Rounding out the cast, Mark Blum has appeared on Broadway in both revivals of Gore Vidal's "The Best Man" as well as the Primary Stages' revival of Donald Margulies' "The Model Apartment." His film and television credits include "Desperately Seeking Susan," "The Good Wife," "The Sopranos" and "The West Wing."

"I think this production will really resonate with our community," Janis said. "It's rare to see such a sweetly honest and funny play about people in this age group, and with this stellar cast, I think it's something audiences will truly appreciate."

"Out of the City" runs through July 19 at the Dorset Theatre Festival. For tickets, visit or call (802) 867-2223


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