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Stepping Out

'Heiress' ends runs this weekend at Lucie Stern Theatre


Joyce Goldschmid/Special to the Town Crier
The Palo Alto Players production of “The Heiress” stars, from left, Louis Schilling, Miriam Ani and Mark Haptonstall.

The Palo Alto Players production of “The Heiress” is scheduled to close Sunday at Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Inspired by the Henry James novel “Washington Square” and written by Ruth and Augustus Goetz, the drama is a story of wealth, class and the cost of love.

“Heiress” premiered on Broadway in 1947 and won a Tony Award. It has since been revived four times on Broadway, most recently last year starring Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain.

In elegant Washington Square in 1850s New York, a wealthy widower has never gotten over the loss of his wife during childbirth – a woman of beauty, confidence and grace. His plain, dutiful daughter Catherine lacks these qualities – just as she lacks her father’s affection and approval.

Soon, Catherine’s opulent but sheltered world is interrupted by the attentions of a charismatic young suitor. Catherine is left to decide if she will empower herself with the skills needed to navigate the narrow course between desire and obedience, heart and heartache, betrayal and revenge.

In the Palo Alto Players revival, Miriam Ani stars as Catherine Sloper. The cast includes Louis Schilling (as Dr. Austin Sloper), Mark Haptonstall (Morris Townsend) Katie Rose Krueger (Marian Almond), Sean Gilvary (Arthur Townsend), Shareen Merriam (Elizabeth Almond), Chris Macomber (Lavinia Penniman), Maureen O’Neill (Mrs. Montgomery) and Nikita Sethi (Maria). Dennis Lickteig directs.

Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $23-$45.

For tickets and more information, call 329-0891 or visit paplayers.org.

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