Daniel Jenkins, Vivienne Benesch Are Benefactors Off-Broadway, Opening April 5

News   Daniel Jenkins, Vivienne Benesch Are Benefactors Off-Broadway, Opening April 5 Michael Frayn's Benefactors, starring Tony Award nominee Daniel Jenkins, Vivienne Benesch, Deanne Lorette and Stephen Barker Turner, officially opens Off-Broadway April 5 at the Clurman Theatre after previews that began March 22.

Keen artistic director Carl Forsman directs the 25th anniversary production that will run through April 30. The Off-Broadway company has devoted its entire season to Frayn's works. His comedy Alphabetical Order was produced last fall.

Jenkins (Big River), Benesch (The Lady from Dubuque), Lorette (La Bete) and Turner (Compulsion) make up the four-person cast.

Benefactors has a design team including Josh Bradford (lighting), Dane Laffrey (set), Jennifer Paar (costume) and Will Pickens (sound).

The Keen describes the play as "a poignant look at marriage and friendship, about an architect charged with building a major development and the project’s impact on his family and friends."

"I was thrilled that there was such a large audience for Alphabetical Order this spring - I never expected an unknown thirty-five year old play to be the biggest hit in Keen Company's history, but it was, and I believe it ran so strongly because it had such a big heart and enormous generosity about the struggling folks it depicted," Forsman said in a statement. "Benefactors is an altogether more serious play; a deeper, more nuanced picture of humanity. But it shares with Alphabetical Order Frayn's benevolent view that people really do try, in their own, flawed ways, to do the best they can by their fellows. Mr. Frayn has commented to me that he believes it is his best work, and I look forward to tackling it with these wonderful actors." Frayn earned a Tony Award for his 2000 play Copenhagen. His plays also include Noises Off, Wild Honey, Democracy and Afterlife.

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