Cast Announced for People Be Heard, New Comedy With Music at Playwrights Horizons

News   Cast Announced for People Be Heard, New Comedy With Music at Playwrights Horizons Annie Golden, Conrad John Schuck and Dashiell Eaves are among the cast of the world premiere of People Be Heard, a new comedy with songs about a school board controversy in a small town, starting Aug. 31 at Playwrights Horizons.

The first production of PH's 2004-05 Off-Broadway season is by Quincy Long (The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite, Shaker Heights), with original music by Michael Roth (Off-Broadway's The Persians, Talking Heads, Dinner with Friends).

Erica Schmidt (Debbie Does Dallas) directs, with choreography by Peter Pucci (Barry Manilow's Harmony). The cast includes Golden (The Full Monty), Schuck (known for Annie on Broadway and around the country), Eaves (James Joyce's The Dead and Broadway's recent The Sound of Music), plus Guy Boyd (Betty's Summer Vacation), Funda Duval (Debbie Does Dallas), Laura Heisler (Tina Howe's Water Music at EST), Brian Hutchison (The Invention of Love) and Kathy Santen (Les Misérables and a two-time Joseph Jefferson Award winner).

Opening is set for Sept. 23. Performances will continue to Oct. 10 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage at 416 W. 42nd Street.

"People Be Heard concerns a small American town that becomes embroiled in a fierce debate over the teaching of Evolution in the schools, and the single mother (a stripper at the local Wiggle Room, played by Funda Duval) who is unwittingly drawn into the fray when she is appointed to the local school board," according to PH. "Woven with new tunes from composer Michael Roth, Quincy Long's People Be Heard is an offbeat, distinctly American musical ode to the freedom of choice and the power to affect change."

Designers are Christine Jones (sets), Michelle Phillips (costumes), Michael Lincoln (lighting) and Brett Jarvis (sound). Music direction is by Michael Roth & Steve Tarshis. Music coordinator is John Miller. The performance schedule for People Be Heard will be Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2:30 & 8 PM and Sundays at 2:30 & 7:30 PM. Tickets are $55. Student rush tickets will be available for $15 (cash only, day of performance, subject to availability).

For subscription and ticket information to all Playwrights Horizons productions, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, or visit www.playwrightshorizons.org.

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Pay What You Can Night is 8 PM Aug. 31 (the first preview), when a limited number of tickets will be offered on a walk-up, cash-only, first-come, first-served basis, starting one hour before showtime. Audience members are asked to "pay what they can" at the time of admission. Seating is subject to availability.

Pay What You Can Night, popular at Playwrights Horizons, is made possible by the Ford Motor Company Fund, allowing PH to "reach out to those who may not be able to afford the cost of a full-price theatre ticket."