Cast Announced for John Patrick Shanley's L.A. Defiance Debut

News   Cast Announced for John Patrick Shanley's L.A. Defiance Debut Hot off the successful run of Sister Act - The Musical, the Pasadena Playhouse presents the West Coast debut of John Patrick Shanley's Defiance.

Andrew J. Robinson (Side Man) directs the Playhouse's 2007 season opener, which plays Jan. 12-Feb. 18, 2007, with an official opening night on Jan. 19.

Featured in the cast will be Kevin Kilner (Dinner with Friends - Geffen Playhouse) as Colonel Littlefield and his real-life wife Jordan Baker (Suddenly Last Summer) as his stage wife Margaret Littlefield. Dennis Flanagan ("Charmed") also appears as Private Davis, Robert Manning, Jr. (Joe Fearless - Atlantic Theatre) as Captain Lee King, Leo Marks (Dead End - Ahmanson Theatre) as Chaplain White and Joel Polis (The Cherry Orchard - Mark Taper Forum). 

Set in 1971 at the North Carolina military base Camp Lejeune that is "rife with racial unease," the play finds "a white officer [who] invites a black officer to his home to discuss the building tensions."

The design team for Defiance features John Iacovelii (scenic), Maggie Morgan (costume) and Paulie Jenkins (lighting).

Sister Act — which ends its run at the California stage Dec. 23 following an extension — was the highest-selling production in the theatre's history with over $1 million in ticket sales. (The previous record holder was only months before, August Wilson's Fences, starring Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett.) Sister Act heads to Atlanta's Alliance Theatre (Jan. 17-Feb. 25, 2007). The 2007 mainstage lineup scheduled for the company will continue with Charles Randolph-Wright's Cuttin’ Up (March 9-April 15, 2007), W. Somerset Maugham's The Constant Wife (May 4-June 10, 2007), Cole Porter's Can Can (June 29-August 5, 2007) and Ernest Thompson's On Golden Pond (Aug. 24-Oct. 2, 2007).

Tickets to Defiance at Pasadena Playhouse, 39 South El Molino Ave. in Pasadena, CA, are available by calling (626) 356-PLAY. For more information visit www.pasadenaplayhouse.org.

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