Broadway's "The Assembled Parties," a family drama that unfolds on New York’s Upper West Side., began previews March 21 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre,. The show stars Judith Light, Jessica Hecht and Jeremy Shamos. It opens April 17 and will run until June 2.
Light, who won two Emmys for her work as Karen Wolek in ONE LIFE TO LIVE and recently amazed as Harris Ryland's controlling mother in DALLAS, returns to the stage to play Faye. "The Assembled Parties" follows Faye, whose child is mentally challenged, as she tries to move forward and deal with her resentment of her sister-in-law Julie, a former movie star with two beautiful kids who seems to have everything. Julie surprises Faye with a gift that changes her life completely.
"It’s a lot about transformation and forgiveness, and relationships you think are not going to work out — and they do, in beautiful and secret ways," Light said recently from the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
Between the play’s first and second acts, 20 years pass.
"It’s very interesting because you have to bring the energy to 1980 and then you have to remove some of that life force later," Light said. "She starts at about 53 and goes to 73, so it’s a very interesting span"I’ve never done anything like that before."
Light, 61, signed onto the show before reading a word.
"If Richard Greenberg is writing for you and Lynne Meadow is directing, and you get to work with the people I work with, you say ‘Yes,’ " she said.
Also featured in the cast is AS THE WORLD TURNS alum Jake Silbermann (Noah Mayer), who is "excited" to be making his Broadway debut playing Scotty/Tim.
"The Assembled Parties" runs until June 2. For more information visit theassembledpartiesbroadway.com.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The busy Jake Silbermann has also started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for his upcoming film project, The Revival.