Casting Complete for Schwartz's God's Ear at the Vineyard

News   Casting Complete for Schwartz's God's Ear at the Vineyard The cast, crew and production dates have been announced for the Vineyard Theatre's Off-Broadway presentation of Jenny Schwartz's God's Ear.

Previews will begin April 9 toward an April 17 opening at the downtown Vineyard home. The run is slated through May 18.

Anne Kauffman (The Thugs) will stage the work seen in 2007 at New Georges under the auspices of the Vineyard.

The company includes original cast members Gibson Frazier, Judith Greentree, Christina Kirk, Raymond McAnally, Matthew Montelongo and Monique Vukovic as well as Rebecca Wisocky. (Annie McNamara, who played Lenora in the debut, will not be part of this production.)

Vineyard teams with New Georges for the new run of the drama that centers on a young couple struggling with life after losing their son — their only guides are their daughter Lanie, the Tooth Fairy and G.I. Joe.

The production also reunites the original design team featuring Kris Stone (scenic), Olivera Gajic (costume), Tyler Micoleau (lighting) and Leah Gelpe (sound). The show earned critical acclaim for its May 2007 debut at the East 13th Street Theatre in a production featuring original songs by Michael Friedman (Gone Missing) with additional lyrics by Jenny Schwartz. The playwright was recently awarded a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Special Commendation for the work.

"I believe Jenny Schwartz to be a major new writer for the theatre," said artistic director Doug Aibel. "Jenny first worked with The Vineyard as an intern in our literary office some years ago, and then we had the honor of collaborating with her on a series of readings and workshops… We are pleased to be able to give God's Ear another opportunity to be experienced by more theatergoers."

For tickets to shows at the Vineyard Theatre, 108 East 15th Street, call (212) 353-0303 or visit vineyardtheatre.org.

Judith Greentree and Matthew Montelongo in <i>God's Ear</i>.
Judith Greentree and Matthew Montelongo in God's Ear. Photo by Carol Rosegg
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