"CSI" Star Petersen Opens McPherson's A Dublin Carol at Trinity Rep

News   "CSI" Star Petersen Opens McPherson's A Dublin Carol at Trinity Rep Trinity Repertory Company's staging of Conor McPherson's A Dublin Carol opens Dec. 6 with "C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation" actor William Petersen starring.

Steppenwolf Theater Company artist Amy Morton directs the work at the Providence, Rhode Island, company's Dowling Theater. Performances began Nov. 30 for a run through Jan. 7, 2007. The five-week run is mostly sold out with very few single seats available at limited performances, according to a Trinity Rep representative.

Joining Peterson in the three-member cast are Trinity Rep Company member Rachael Warren and Brown University/Trinity Consortium student Daniel Mefford.

The Dublin-set play, which takes place on Christmas Eve, begins when "a man's daughter brings him news about her mother which offers him an unexpected chance at redemption." The work premiered in London in 2000 and came stateside to the Atlantic Theater Company in 2003.

"I'm so thrilled to have William Petersen and Amy Morton, two of my first mentors in Chicago theatre, working here alongside Trinity's world class acting company in my first season," stated Trinity Rep's new artistic director Curt Columbus in a previous release. "I'm particularly delighted that Rhode Island audiences will be the first to welcome Billy back to the stage for the first time since he began 'C.S.I.' six years ago."

Post-show talkbacks — moderated by a staff member — are held after every performance. Each session lasts for approximately 20 minutes. The A Dublin Carol design team includes Eugene Lee (set), Ana Kuzmanic (costumes) and Deb Sullivan (lighting). Jennifer Grutza serves as stage manager.

Petersen — who plays Gil Grissom in the CBS drama "C.S.I: Crime Scene Investigation" — made his Broadway debut in Tennessee Williams' The Night of the Iguana. Other stage credits for the Illinois-born actor include the American premiere of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross and The Time of Your Life (Goodman Theatre), Balm in Gilead and Fool For Love (Steppenwolf) as well as In the Belly of the Beast, American Buffalo, Speed-the Plow, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, As You Like It, Waiting for Godot, A Streetcar Named Desire and Flyovers. He co-founded Remains Theatre in 1979 and serves as an artistic associate at Chicago's Victory Gardens.

The 2006-2007 season at Trinity Rep will continue with Our Town (Jan. 26 March 4, 2007), A Delicate Balance (Feb. 16-March 25, 2007), The Fantasticks (March 30-April 29, 2007), The Clean House (April 27-June 3, 2007) as well as the 30th anniversary all-new production of Trinity Rep's A Christmas Carol (Nov. 17-Dec. 31).

Tickets to A Dublin Carol at Trinity Rep, 201 Washington Street in Providence, RI are on sale through (401) 351-4242. For more information, visit Trinity Rep online at www.trinityrep.com.