My Brilliant Divorce, Starring Mary Testa, Will Play Asolo Rep's Mertz Theatre

By Carey Purcell
June 17, 2013

Mary Testa will star in My Brilliant Divorce, a one-woman play by Geraldine Anron, at the Asolo Rep's Mertz Theatre.



Opening June 26 following two preview performances June 23 and 25, the show runs through July 14.

Directed by Asolo Rep's producing artistic director Michael Donald Edwards, Testa stars as Angela, a 40-something housewife deserted by her philandering husband.

"Angela Kennedy-Lipsky is the middle-aged American wife of Max, a Brit who has run off with his lover and left Angela high and dry in London," press notes state. "Once a professional window dresser, Angela gave up her career to be a wife and mother and now finds herself adrift in a sea of shifty solicitors, Christmas on her own, and her confidence at an all-time low. Should she fight to keep her husband? Or should she sign the divorce papers and move on? Bizarre dates, a trip to the adult toy store, a telephone call to a suicide hotline, a near reconciliation with the ex, then a singles weekend that brings about a surprise meeting and a glimmer of hope…"

Testa is a two-time Tony nominee (On the Town, 42nd Street) and has also performed on Broadway in Xanadu, for which she received a Drama Desk nomination, Guys and Dolls, Chicago, Marie Christine, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Rink, Marilyn and Barnum.

"Mary Testa is such a wonderfully gifted actress, I could think of no one better to play the part of Angela. Mary is witty, charming, feisty — hilariously so — and at the same time, vulnerable and engaging. Audiences in Sarasota will identify with her and they will love her," Edwards said in a statement. "We've all experienced heartbreak at some point in our lives, so we naturally embrace those rare artists who can inform our own existence and at the same time, make us laugh until our sides ache."

My Brilliant Divorce premiered at the Druid Theatre in Galway, Ireland in 2001. It has been produced or is awaiting production in 33 countries around the world.

Tickets and more information are available by calling (941) 351-8000 or visiting asolorep.org.