Monday, October 30, 2023

SEAN YOUNG makes NY stage debut in ODE TO THE WASP WOMAN

Ode to the Wasp Woman Play
Forwood C. Wiser presents Sean Young (Blade Runner, Fatal Instinct) in Ode To The Wasp Woman, a new play by Rider McDowell (The Mercy Man, Wimbledon). The limited 13-week Off-Broadway engagement will play October 30, 2023 through January 31, 2024, at The Actors Temple Theatre (339 W. 47th St, NYC). Opening night is Thursday, November 9 at 7:30PM. Tickets are now on sale at

Ode To The Wasp Woman chronicles the last 48 hours in the lives of four 1950's B movie stars; Susan Cabot, leading lady of the Roger Corman’s cult classic The Wasp Woman; George Reeves, the man who brought Superman to life on TV screens across America; Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer of the beloved “Our Gang” comedies; B-movie queen Barbara Payton. The desperate and sensational events that lead to the demise of these four fallen stars are told in four one acts with music, a veritable homage to film noir and true crime.

Rider McDowell directs Sean Young, making her New York stage debut, as Susan Cabot. Young leads a company including Josh Alscher as Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer, Douglas Everett Davis as George 'Superman' Reeves, Jonathan Hartman as Flip, Payton Georgiana as B-movie queen Barbara Payton, Rita Louise as Toni Mannix, Anna Telfer as Leonore Lemon and David Wenzel as Hank and others. Michael Ronca is the standby.

“I wrote Ode To The Wasp Woman as a paen to my boyhood TV heroes of the 1960's and 70's,” says Rider McDowell. " When I learned on the same rainy day in 1970 that Superman and Alfalfa were both dead, it shocked me. Fold in the deaths of ‘Wasp Woman’ Susan Cabot and Barbara ‘I am not ashamed’ Payton, actresses I admired, and the grim picture was complete. Ode To The Wasp Woman reveals the who, what, where, if not the 'why,' of the deaths of these fallen stars."  

“I'm ecstatic about coming to New York and working onstage,” says Sean Young. “This is something I’ve wanted to do since graduating from Interlohen Arts Academy. I can’t wait to start rehearsal. The play is a sly cautionary tale about ambitious people who work in Hollywood, become desperate, and how show business chews them up. I'm looking forward to purging my own personal experience of being eaten alive in Hollywood.”

Ode To The Wasp Woman features a scenic design by Christian Fleming; lighting design by Maarten Cornelis; costume design by Pearl Gopalani; Ms. Young’s costumes designed by Montgomery Frazier; and sound design by Bob' The Hammer' Franco. Matthew Palmer is production stage manager. Casting is by Amy Gossels. Adam Smith Jr. is Co-Producer.

Ode To The Wasp Woman was originally developed in a 2017 workshop staging titled Fringe Deaths.

LISTINGS INFORMATION: Ode To The Wasp Woman plays a limited 13-week Off-Broadway engagement Nov. 7, 2022 through Jan. 31, 2023, at The Actors Temple Theatre (339 W. 47th St, NYC). Opening night is Thursday, November 9 at 7:30PM. Preview performance schedule, Oct 30 through opening night, Nov. 9:

Starting Nov. 9, the regular performance schedule is Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday at 7:30PM, with matinees Wednesday at 2PM and Sunday at 5:30PM. Tickets, ranging from $59.50 - $79.50, are now on sale at Premium seating is available. For further information, visit

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