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Cynthia Nixon Set to Direct Broadway Production of Early Lesbian Play

Wednesday Jan 15, 2020
In this Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, file photo, Actress Cynthia Nixon poses for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'A Quiet Passion' at the 2016 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany
In this Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, file photo, Actress Cynthia Nixon poses for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'A Quiet Passion' at the 2016 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany  (Source:AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

Openly lesbian actor and "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon is slated to direct a Broadway production of a pioneering lesbian play from 1980, The New York Times reports.

Nixon will be helming a Broadway revival of the lesbian-themed "Last Summer at Bluefish Cove," by playwright Jane Chambers. The play was first produced off-Broadway 40 years ago, the Times noted.

Among the play's producers are a plethora of other high profile, openly lesbian names: Ellen DeGeneres and Lily Tomlin are joined by DeGeneres' wife, Portia de Rossi, and Tomlin's wife, Jane Wagner. Broadway powerhouse Harriet Newman Leve, who has won four Tonys throughout her career, rounds out the play's producers.

Recalled the Times article:

The story follows several gay women who are enjoying their usual summer vacation at the fictional seaside town of Bluefish Cove. A straight woman unexpectedly joins them after leaving her husband, unaware of what she has stepped into.

The notice appears as if in answer to a headline from last summer: A related story link at the bottom of the article leads to a July 15 Times piece titled, "The Boys in the Band Get to Broadway. Why Not the Girls?"

Nixon starred as high-powered layer Miranda Hobbs in the HBO comedy "Sex and the City," which for six seasons, from 1998 - 2004, followed the social, professional, and sexual adventures of a group of four straight women in Manhattan.

Nixon campaigned as an openly lesbian candidate for governor of New York in 2018 but did not win the primary. Incumbent Andre Cuomo went on to win re-election.

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