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Purchase Repertory Theatre Presents Lady Windemere's Fan

Date Released: 9/22/2009

Oscar Wilde's first produced play Oct 13-18 in The Performing Arts Center. Directed by David Bassuk.



“Lady Windermere’s Fan” by Oscar Wilde will be presented by the Purchase Repertory Theatre in their season opener at The Performing Arts Center October 13-18.  Tickets are $20 adults and $15 for seniors and non-Purchase students.  Box office 914-251-6200 or


Performed by the senior Acting Company, the play asks the question: Should a woman leave her husband if she believes he’s been unfaithful?  Or should she invite the other woman to her birthday ball?


Wilde’s first produced play has all the legendary wit and melodramatic intrigue of his later works.  No one skewered Victorian manners and hypocrisies more thoroughly.  And no one has written more hilariously about the eternal miscommunication between men and women.


David Bassuk, Professor of Acting and Dean Emeritus of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film directs the production. 


Among Bassuk’s credits are the direction of the world premiere of the musical Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, Chaim Potok’s Off-Broadway production of The Chosen with Rob Morrow and George Hearn, and “American Camera” produced at Lincoln Center.   He was formerly on the artistic staffs of Lincoln Center Theatre and American Place Theatre, and also served as Artistic Director at Novel Stages & the Arcadia Shakespeare Festival in Philadelphia, and as co-artistic director of Ark Theatre in Los Angeles. 


Mr. Bassuk directed and produced the first plays written by Nadine Gordimer, Richard Sennett and Chiam Potok.  He was also the playwright of new adaptations of William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury and Jack Kerouac’s Visions of Cody.  A resident of Ridgefield, CT, he has a masters degree in directing from Southern Methodist University and a bachelors degree from Purchase College.


Performances are Oct. 13, 14, 15, 16,17at 8 PM and Oct. 17, 18 at 2 PM.