Cavanagh (Some Americans Abroad, Urinetown, "Ed") will star as Joe White in the private 3 PM reading of the new comedy that also features Tony-winning actress Stritch (Company, Showboat, At Liberty) as his mother.
Bob Cline directs a cast that also includes Jimmy Bennett (Illyria), Jason Kravits (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Rena Strober (Fiddler on the Roof). Aaron Grant and Kelvin Productions produce the reading at the Snapple Theatre Center.
Producer Grant previously told Playbill.com that Andron penned the role with Stritch in mind, and producers are currently aiming for a spring 2010 Off-Broadway premiere. No casting or dates of production for the Off-Broadway run have been announced.
According to White's Lies press notes, "Joe White’s got it all. He’s handsome, he’s charming, he’s got a great career & a killer smile that manages to land him a different girl every night. But all that changes when his mother drops a bombshell on him: she’s got cancer & her dying wish is to have a grandchild. With his bachelorhood threatened, Joe is faced with a choice. He could give up his womanizing ways and find a nice girl to settle down and have kids with... OR... he could convince his bitter, angry ex-girlfriend from college – who just happens to have a daughter in her early twenties – to pretend that her daughter is his daughter. As their tangled web of lies unravels, Joe and company find themselves on a hilarious journey full of unexpected twists and turns that will have you looking at cancer and commitment in a whole new way!"
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