Brooksher, Dossett, Shulman Are White People in NYC Premiere of Rogers' Provocative Play

News   Brooksher, Dossett, Shulman Are White People in NYC Premiere of Rogers' Provocative Play
 
White People, J.T. Rogers' unflinching look at a big slice of the American population, will make its New York City premiere starting Jan. 28 in a production starring Rebecca Brooksher, Tony Award nominee John Dossett and Michael Shulman.

Starry Night Entertainment is producing the play, which was acclaimed in earlier regional presentations, including the world premiere by Philadelphia Theatre Company. Gus Reyes will direct the new production at Atlantic Stage 2 at 330 West 16th Street (this is not a production of Atlantic Theater Company). Opening night is Feb. 3 at 8 PM.

Production notes ask, "What does it mean to be a white American? What does it mean for any American to live in a country that is not the one you were promised? A brutally honest and surprisingly funny examination of race and language in our culture, White People follows the lives of three ordinary Americans placed under the spotlight: Martin, a Brooklyn-born high powered attorney for a white-shoe law firm in St. Louis; Mara Lynn, a housewife and former homecoming queen in Fayetteville, North Carolina; and Alan, a young professor struggling to find his way in New York. Through heart-wrenching confessions, they wrestle with guilt, prejudice, and the price they and their children must pay for their actions."

Brooksher received a 2008 Lucille Lortel Award nomination for her performance in Christopher Shinn's Dying City at Lincoln Center Theater. The Julliard graduate has also appeared on stage in The Scariest at the Bleecker Street Theatre, American Occupation (directed by Trip Cullman) and Darwin in Hell at the Falcon Theatre in Los Angeles.

Dossett received a Tony Award nomination for Gypsy in which he co-starred opposite Bernadette Peters. He has also appeared in Ragtime, Mamma Mia! and the Roundabout Company's revival of The Constant Wife, Lincoln Center Theater's Dinner at Eight and more.

Shulman is the youngest Emmy and Cable ACE nominee in award history. He is best known as Claudia Salinger's boyfriend on Fox TV's hit "Party of Five." His career started on stage in John Guare's Gardenia and Four Baboons Adoring the Sun (Lincoln Center; directed by Sir Peter Hall), Stephen Sondheim's Assassins (Playwrights Horizons; directed by Jerry Zaks), and most notably two years on Broadway as Gavroche in Les Miserables. Shulman is a Yale graduate and can next be seen opposite James Le Gros and Donna Murphy as Sherman in the upcoming feature film "Sherman's Way." Rogers' last play, The Overwhelming, debuted at the National Theatre in London, toured the U.K., and was heard on BBC radio, before having its American debut last season at the Roundabout (Top Ten Play of the Year, Time and Time Out New York). His play Madagascar was seen Off-Broadway at the SPF Festival and continues to be done throughout the country; Murmuring in a Dead Tongue was seen last season at the Source Theater in D.C. Rogers is a resident playwright at New Dramatists. His play Blood and Gifts debuts at the Tricycle Theater, London, in April.

Director Reyes is co-founder/producing artistic director of Next Stage, a New York City-based performing arts company, where he has produced and or directed over 200 shows. In New York City, he also directed plays, staged readings and or workshops at the Roundabout, MTC, MCC, SPF, the Underwood Theatre and Epic Rep. He has worked in many regional theatres, from Connecticut to Utah.

Starry Night Entertainment LLC is a privately-financed bi-coastal production company dedicated to bridging the worlds of stage and screen. Founded in 2004 by Craig Saavedra in the Los Angeles office and Michael Shulman in the New York office, Starry Night Entertainment is dedicated to developing character-driven dramas and comedies both on film and stage. Current projects include Ponzi's Scheme (based on Mitchell Zuckoff's acclaimed Random House book), Gary Sunshine's Moscows (loosely based on Chekhov's Three Sisters) and the upcoming theatrical feature film "Sherman's Way."

White People will play Monday, Tuesday, Thursday–Saturday at 8 PM, and Saturday and Sunday at 3 PM.

Tickets are $45 and may be purchased through Ticket Central by visiting www.ticketcentral.com or by phoning (212) 279-4200. For more information visit www.whitepeopletheplay.com.

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