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School of Theatre Alumna Stars in Off-Broadway Premiere of ‘Romance Language’

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Mairin Lee and Audrey Heffernan Meyer

School of Theatre alumna Audrey Heffernan Meyer plays an upscale New York divorcée who gets a second chance at love in the off-Broadway premiere of Romance Language, at Theater 511 at Ars Nova, Oct. 13-Nov. 8.

Meyer originated the role in the world premiere of the play at Seven Angels, an equity theatre in Connecticut. “As soon as I received the sides for the audition, I knew that Kay Morgan was the perfect role for me,” said Meyer.

According to Meyer, Kay is “strong and yet very warm and maternal”—traits that could be used to describe Audrey herself. Romance Language focuses on relationships and that’s why, Meyer said, the play has a broad appeal.

Since Kay’s husband died three years ago, her life has been controlled by her single, corporate-lawyer daughter. But when Kay starts to learn more than just a language from her young and handsome Italian tutor, Kay’s daughter is less than thrilled.

Meyer said she likes that Kay stands up for herself and does what she thinks is best. “She follows her gut and her heart, and her good judgment really prevails in the end,” she said. “I love the idea of a woman of a certain age having a second chance at romance later in life. We more often see an older man having that kind of opportunity. Also, I find it interesting to highlight the idea of a child trying to run and maybe even ruin a parent's life, rather than the other way around.”

Meyer, mother of four children with restaurateur Danny Meyer, returned to her acting career full-time about nine years ago, after taking some time off to raise her family. While raising four kids would keep anyone busy, she juggled her family responsibilities with volunteer work for Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA), which has grown into a nationally renowned Shakespearean and classic theatre company. Audrey was involved in the capital campaign to build TFANA’s new home in Brooklyn.

“My husband and kids are very supportive of my having gone back to my career full tilt for the last nine years. To take a line from the play, ‘Use it or lose it, Mother!’”

For more on Romance Language (written by Joe Godfrey) and tickets, visit http://romancelanguageplay.com.

Photo: Mairin Lee (standing) and Audrey Heffernan Meyer in Romance Language. Photo by Joan Marcus.