Cast Set for Broadway Revival of Miller Drama After The Fall; Hecht, Buckley, Nelson Join Krause

News   Cast Set for Broadway Revival of Miller Drama After The Fall; Hecht, Buckley, Nelson Join Krause The cast of the upcoming Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Arthur Miller's After The Fall has been announced.
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As previously reported on Playbill On-Line, Peter Krause and Carla Gugino head a cast that includes Mark Nelson, Jessica Hecht and Candy Buckley. They are joined by Vivienne Benesch, Roxanna Hope, Kathleen McNenny, Ken Marks, Baylen Thomas, Jonathan Walker and Dan Ziskie.

Krause and Gugino make their Broadway debuts in the work directed by Michael Mayer. The production is set to begin previews June 25 at the American Airlines Theatre towards an opening on July 29.

After the Fall follows a lawyer in his forties who journeys into his past to discover how he ended up where he is. In his soul-searching quest, he revisits the death of his mother and a line of failed relationships. Many believe the work to be autobiographical.

Krause will star in the lead role of lawyer Quentin, historically viewed as a stand-in for author Miller. Gugino will play the role of Maggie, a famous singer troubled by an addiction to sleeping pills and alcohol — believed by many to mirror the author's marriage to Marilyn Monroe.

The design team for After The Fall will feature Richard Hoover (sets), Michael Krass (costumes), Donald Holder (lights) and Dan Moses Schreier (sound). Tickets are currently available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300 or at the box office of the American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd Street). For more information, visit www.roundabouttheatre.org .

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Krause plays the older brother in the family that owns and runs a funeral home on HBO's "Six Feet Under." The Minneapolis native began his acting career at New York University — where he starred in productions of Macbeth, Uncle Vanya and Arms and the Man. He made his television debut on the variety show, "Carol and Company" and also appeared on "Cybill." He is well-known for his role as a sportscaster on the Aaron Sorkin short-lived television (but Emmy Award-winning) series "Sports Night." Krause can also be seen in the movie "We Don't Live Here Anymore."

Gugino, who recently starred in the short-lived television series "Karen Sisco," is known for her work on television and film. Her big screen credits include her role as wife to Antonio Banderas in the "Spy Kids" trilogy as well as turns in "The Singing Detective," "The One," "The Jimmy Show," "Judas Kiss" and "Snake Eyes." She was also Michael J. Fox's original girlfriend on TV's "Spin City" and appeared on "Chicago Hope." Gugino has appeared on stage in a production of Of Mice and Men at the Geva Theatre.

"[I've] got a lot of ideas about how to work on it," Mayer previously said to Playbill On-Line. "It's a flawed masterpiece, I think. I met with Arthur a few times now to discuss what to do with it. I've got some ideas and he's very open to that. It's not so much rewriting as restructuring. Cutting and restructuring, I would say. I think the words are all there. He seemed very amenable."

"The inner journey of the protagonist," Mayer said, attracted him to the play. "It's so psychologically rich: This man is sort of doing this exhaustive soul-searching and every betrayal and every infraction and every sort of challenge to understanding about what decency is — through his whole life — comes flooding back in a kind of stream of-consciousness way. It was very ahead of its time, I think. You see this man doing real battle with his demons with all the people in his life. You feel like before he can move forward and accept the love of a new woman in his life, he's got to somehow get beyond all the other relationships that have plagued him, and his own inadequacies and his own failings and the betrayals he has endured or witnessed — and the betrayals that he has actually perpetrated. I think it's a great, great play."

The play debuted on Broadway in 1964 with Jason Robards, Jr. in the lead role and Barbara Loden as the singer — a turn that won her the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress. Hal Holbrook and Faye Dunaway also appeared in the work staged by Miller's oft-collaborator Elia Kazan.