Blumberg, Whitlock, Thirlby Join Atlantic's Farragut North

News   Blumberg, Whitlock, Thirlby Join Atlantic's Farragut North Additional casting has been announced for the world premiere of Beau Willimon's political play, Farragut North, for Off-Broadway's Atlantic Theater Company.

In addition to Tony Award winner John Gallagher Jr., who'll play a wunderkind press secretary under the direction of Tony winner Doug Hughes (Doubt), expect Kate Blumberg (ATC's A Secondhand Memory, Celebration, The Room), Olivia Thirlby ("Juno") and Isiah Whitlock Jr. (Broadway's Mastergate, Merchant of Venice), plus more to be announced.

The play about political personalities will appear at ATC's Linda Gross Main Stage Oct. 22-Nov. 29.

According to ATC, "Stephen is a wunderkind press secretary who has built a career that men twice his age would envy. During a tight presidential primary race, however, Stephen's meteoric rise falls prey to the backroom politics of more seasoned operatives, and his one night stand with a teenage staffer proves to be more complicated than casual."

It's billed as "a classic tale of hubris set against a contemporary landscape — about the lust for power and the costs one will endure to achieve it."

Farragut North takes its name from the Washington, DC subway station that is situated near K Street, where several lobbyists work. Playwright-screenwriter Willimon worked for Howard Dean during his 2004 presidential run. That experience informs the play. Gallagher played a trouble suburban kid in Rabbit Hole for Manhattan Theatre Club before becoming a genuine star as the troubled Moritz in the musical Spring Awakening, produced by ATC before moving to Broadway. He won a Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.

The Linda Gross Theater is located on West 20th Street.

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