'First Love', Written by Professor Charles Mee and Directed by Kim Weild ‘07, Plays at the Cherry Lane Theatre

February 19, 2018

First Love poster


First Love, written by Theatre Professor Charles Mee will run at the Cherry Lane Theatre from June 7th through July 8th. The play is directed by Alumna Kim Weild ‘07, and is part of The Founder's Project that presents plays by artists, who, over the course of their professional lives, have helped shape Off-Broadway. In 2016 for its inaugural season, the Founder's Project presented Out of the Mouths of Babes, written by veteran playwright Israel Horovitz and featuring renowned artists Judith Ivey and Estelle Parsons. “These mature theater-makers have contributed their genius to the American stage—and still have much to share—but find fewer substantial opportunities due to ageism” says the Project’s website.


"After several decades, Edith and Harold find themselves unexpectedly reunited on a park bench. Through the eyes of celebrated playwright Charles L. Mee, First Love embraces a couple in their twilight years, entertains the joys and pains of romance, and explores how a chance encounter can change your life regardless of age," according to the play's description. The Cherry Lane production of First Love will feature set design by Edward Pierce, lighting design by Paul Miller, costume design by Theresa Squire, and sound design by Jill B.C. Du Boff.


Headshot of Charles Mee


Charles L. Mee has written Big Love, True Love, First Love, bobrauschenbergamerica, Hotel Cassiopeia, Orestes 2.0, Trojan Women A Love Story, Summertime and Wintertime among other plays. His plays have been performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, American Repertory Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, the Public Theatre, Lincoln Center, the Humana Festival, Steppenwolf, and other places in the United States as well as in Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Brussels, Vienna, Istanbul and elsewhere. He was honored with a full season of his plays at the Signature Theatre. Among other awards, he is the recipient of the Award of Merit in Drama from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two Obies, of a Laura Pels Award, the Booth Award, and of the Richard B. Fisher Award. He is also the author of a number of books of history (Meeting at Potsdam, The Marshall Plan, The End of Order) that have been selections of the Book of the Month Club and the History Book Club. He is the former editor-in-chief of Horizon magazine, a magazine of history, art, literature, and the fine arts.


Kim Weild is a Drama Desk Award nominee whose work has been seen at Lincoln Center Theater, Carnegie Hall, Teatro alla Scala, Goodspeed Musicals, The New York Theater Workshop, Off-Broadway’s Theater Row, Primary Stages, New York Live Arts, The Mark Taper Forum, Williamstown Theater Festival, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center among others. Her production of Uncle Vanya was an official selection at the Prague Quadrennial and in Greece, she has directed The Bacchae by Euripides and Aristophanes’ The Birds. Most recently she helmed the new musical Indian Joe at Goodspeed Musicals. 


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