New Conservatory Theatre Center opens its 2016-17 Season celebrating its 35th Anniversary in October, with the regional premiere of Casa Valentina by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy, Kinky Boots, Newsies, La Cage aux Folles).
Casa Valentina is Fierstein’s first play in almost 30 years, and NCTC’s production follows its premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club on Broadway. In summer 1962, most men who went to the Catskills went to escape the heat. Others made their way to Casa Valentina, an inconspicuous bungalow colony catering to a discreet clientele: heterosexual men who would escape their families to spend their weekends safely dressing and acting as women. Based on real events and infused with Fierstein's trademark wit, Casa Valentina offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of "self-made women" as they search for acceptance and happiness in their very own Garden of Eden.
Directing the regional premiere is Becca Wolff, who returns to NCTC after directing last season’s acclaimed West Coast Premiere of The Kid Thing by Sarah Gubbins.