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'Casa Valentina' By Ridgefield's Harvey Fierstein Nabs 4 Tony Nominations

"Casa Valentina," written by Ridgefield's Harvey Fierstein has been nominated for four Tony Awards
"Casa Valentina," written by Ridgefield's Harvey Fierstein has been nominated for four Tony Awards Photo Credit: Contributed

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- "Casa Valentina," a play written by Ridgefield's Harvey Fierstein, was nominated for four Tony Awards on Tuesday morning.

Fierstein is one of only two individuals to win Tony Awards in four different categories - Best Actor in a Play and Best Play for "Torch Song Trilogy;" Best Book of a Musical for "La Cage aux Folles;" and Best Actor in a Musical for "Hairspray."

"Casa Valentina" is nominated for: Best Play, Reed Birney for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play, Mare Winningham for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play and Rita Ryack for Best Costume Design of a Play.

The play is set in 1962 in a resort hidden in the Catskills, where white-collar businessmen dress up and act like women.

When faced with the opportunity to become an official organization, these "self-made women" had to decide whether public recognition would help them gain a place in open society or spell their own personal disaster.

The setting recalls a real-life 1960s Catskill Mountain getaway called Casa Susanna, which was chronicled in a 2005 book of text and photos.

"Infused with Fierstein’s trademark wit, this moving, insightful and delightfully entertaining new work offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of unforgettable characters as they search for acceptance and happiness in their very own Garden of Eden," says the play's website.

The Tony Awards will be aired live on CBS on Sunday, June 8.

"Casa Valentina" is playing at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. It officially opened April 23. The producers are the Manhattan Theatre Club, Lynne Meadow, Barry Grove, Colin Callender, Robert Cole, Frederick Zollo and The Shubert Organization.

For more information on "Casa Valentina" or to buy tickets, visit its website .

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