From the press release:

The Butler Did It – and Wants to do It Again!
in Lawson Caldwell’s

Where Unexpected Love Threatens to Upend 1936 New York Society

Part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival

A woman with two husbands, one of whom has fallen in love with someone else, and a twice-scorned woman who is the best friend of the bride. Or is she? These are the people in Lawson Caldwell’s Lavender Shore, which offers a gender-bending twist on a comic yet touching tale of true love in 1936 New York high society.

Beginning July 27th and directed by Lenny Leibowitz, Lavender Shore will be performed at the MainStage Theater, located at 312 West 36th Street, as part of the 2011 Midtown International Theatre Festival.

New York widow Daphne March has just married businessman Thomas Darrow when she learns her first husband, Harrison Anderson, has been found alive on a deserted island where he and his British butler Gerald have been marooned for the past five years.

During their time alone, Harrison and Gerald have fallen in love. Yet society demands Harrison return to his wife and Gerald resume his position as a servant, a proposition Harrison finds awkward and Gerald regards as intolerable. Can “the love that dare not speak its name” survive in a world where rules and convention are all that matter? My Favorite Wife was never like this!

 The running time for Lavender Shore is approximately 90 minutes. Tickets: $18.00, $15.00 for students and seniors.

Reservations: 866-811-4111 or

The Midtown International Theatre Festival’s 2011 Season runs from July 11 – 31 at the June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor; the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor; the MainStage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor; and the Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor. Tickets are $18-15 and are available at or by phone at 866-811-4111.

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