Steppenwolf Theater Company artist Amy Morton will direct the work set for a five week run in the Providence, Rhode Island company's Dowling Theater, Dec. 1, 2006-Jan. 7, 2007.
"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. "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."
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.
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 new 2006-2007 season at Trinity Rep will launch with Columbus' translation of Anton Chekhov's Cherry Orchard (Sept. 15-Oct. 29), then continue with A Dublin Carol (Dec. 1-Jan. 7, 2007). Also slated are Our Town (Jan. 26 March 4, 2007), A Delicate Balance (Feb. 16-March 25, 2007), The Fantasticks (March 30-May 6, 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. Columbus assumed the role of artistic director from Amanda Dehnert — who served as acting artistic director when the company's previous decade-long leader Oskar Eustis left for his new post at New York’s Public Theater.
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