Cast Announced for NYC Premiere of BFE at Playwrights Horizons

News   Cast Announced for NYC Premiere of BFE at Playwrights Horizons The Gordon Edelstein-directed cast of the New York premiere of BFE has been announced by Playwrights Horizons, which will stage the Julia Cho play beginning May 19.

Presented in association with Edelstein's Long Wharf Theatre, the fresh production will feature Jeremy Hollingworth (Broadway's Sly Fox, Fortune's Fool), Scott Hudson (Off-Broadway in Our Lady of 121st Street, MCC's The Glory of Living ), three-time Obie Award winner Karen Kandel (Lear, Peter and Wendy, Talk ), Sue Jean Kim (The Imaginary Invalid at The Pearl), Kel Martin (2004 NYU/Tisch graduate in her Off-Broadway debut), James McMenamin (Austin Pendleton's Three Sisters and Ann Reinking's Tonight at 8:30 at Williamstown), Olivia Oguma (the national tour of Les Misérables, Sarah Plain and Tall at The Lortel), Kate Rigg (Off-Broadway in The Vagina Monologues, Dogeaters, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told ) and James Saito (Broadway's Golden Child, national tours of Flower Drum Song, The King & I).

Opening at Playwrights Horizons' intimate Peter Jay Sharp Theater is set for May 31. Performances continue to June 12.

Before it plays New York, this production of BFE gets its first presentation at Long Wharf Theatre's Stage II in New Haven, CT, as part of its "New American Voices" series April 13-May 1. Opening is April 20. Visit www.LongWharf.org.

Director Gordon Edelstein is in his third season as Long Wharf Theatre's artistic director. Prior to his return to Long Wharf, he was the artistic director of ACT Theatre in Seattle for five years. Edelstein was the associate artistic director of Long Wharf.

BFE is the winner of the 2004 L. Arnold Weissberger Award. Julia Cho's plays include 99 Histories and The Architecture of Loss. In BFE, "An Asian-American family attempts to escape its stifling Arizonan home life." The play "tells the story of Panny (Olivia Oguma), a spunky 14-year-old; her socially awkward uncle (James Saito); her homebound mom (Kate Rigg), who fantasizes about General MacArthur; and the serial killer (Scott Hudson) that stalks their neighborhood in search of bubbly blondes. A cautionary tale about the devastating effects of an image-obsessed society, BFE calls into question the nature of beauty and desirability in contemporary America."

The production will feature scenic design by Takeshi Kata, costume design by Jayde Chabot, lighting design by Paul Whitaker and sound design by Andre J. Pluess. Production stage manager is Linda Marvel.

The performance schedule for BFE will be Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2 & 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 & 7 PM. Tickets are $38. The first performance is a pay-what-you can show.

For subscription and ticket information to all PH shows, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, Noon to 8 PM daily. Visit www.playwrightshorizons.org.

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