BAD GIRLS
                       The Directors Company
             Michael Parva, Artistic/Producing Director
                            presents
                     the New York premiere of 
                          a new play by 
                        JOYCE CAROL OATES

                           BAD GIRLS
                    directed by SUSANA TUBERT
                             with
             DAVID SIMS BISHINS      SARAH HYLAND
        DEBORAH LaCOY      ANASTASIA WEBB      MERRITT WEVER

Set Design: LAUREN HELPERN
Costume Design: LESLIE BERNSTEIN
Lighting Design: ROMA FLOWERS
Original Music & Sound Design: QUENTIN CHIAPPETTA
Production Stage Manager: FRAN RUBENSTEIN
Casting: JANET FOSTER
Fight Director: RICK SORDELET
Press Representative: SAM RUDY MEDIA RELATIONS

                      The Directors Company
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                       November 8 - 23, 2003


The beauty of anything written by Joyce Carol Oates are her
compelling characters - rich and complex with enough idiosyncracies
to make them interesting and enough vulnerabilities to speak to your
innermost feelings. BAD GIRLS, her new play which premiered in
New York City November 11th, is a prime example. A single mother
and her three daughters are bound together not only by familial love
but also by the alliances of shared pain and survival. When a suitor
enters the picture, the teenage girls set about to wreck the relationship
and maintain the status quo. 

Deborah LaCoy as the beleaguered mother searching for love
delicately balances hope and desperation, as does her youngest
daughter Crystal (Sarah Hyland) from an adolescent perspective. 
The formerly abused Isabel (Anastasia Webb) rebels in any way
possible, and the mature-beyond-her-years Orchid (Merritt Wever)
narrates and becomes the voice of reason. Together these ladies
compose a family full of a troubled history, anger, dependency, love
and compassion. Into the fray comes Isaak Drumm (David Sims
Bishins), a gentleman in search of love and family. The cast is awe-
inspiring in their performances, and just like an Oates' book, these
characters will dance in your head for a long time. Under the
direction of Susana Tubert, BAD GIRLS becomes a multi-faceted
drama about daring to hope, clinging to the familiar, and spur-of-the-
moment decisions that can change the course of life beyond anyone's
imagination - an absolutely perfect evening of theatre. 

                      - Laurie Lawson -

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