"Desperate Housewives" Star Will Play Wall Street Shark Burleigh Grimes Off-Broadway

News   "Desperate Housewives" Star Will Play Wall Street Shark Burleigh Grimes Off-Broadway
 
Mark Moses, of TV's "Desperate Housewives," will star as the title character in the Off-Broadway comedy, Burleigh Grimes, the producers announced.

Casting is now complete for the David Warren-directed production of Roger Kirby's darkly comic look at capitalism, a staging that will boast a live band playing original music by Tony Award nominee David Yazbek.

Peformances begin May 23 at New World Stages toward a June 13 opening.

Moses plays the pivotal role of Paul Young on ABC's hit "Desperate Housewives." His character bashed a woman to death with a blender on the comedy series. For his new stage role, he'll play bloodthirsty again, at least in business terms. Like Young, Burleigh is sneaky and not to be trusted. Moses' theatre resume includes Slab Boys (Broadway), Love's Labours Lost (New York Shakespeare Festival) and Our Country's Good (Mark Taper Forum).

The Burleigh Grimes company also features James Badge Dale (TV's "24"), Wendie Malick ("Just Shoot Me") and Ashley Williams (Showtime's "Huff"), Nancy Anderson (Fanny Hill), Jason Antoon (Contact) and John Lavelle (The Graduate).

"Set in a world where no bad deed goes unrewarded, Burleigh Grimes follows George Radbourn (James Badge Dale), a Wall Street newbie who doesn't recognize that his mentor, Burleigh Grimes (Mark Moses), may not be entirely sincere in appearance or agenda," according to the producers. "A hard-driving stock market force, Grimes is a relentless man of infinite calculation, further assisted in his financial schemes by media powerhouse Elizabeth Bigley (Wendie Malick). In an arena where the naïve and sentimental face ruin, George struggles for survival under the hand of Grimes' flexible business tactics, while also dealing with the arrival of his college sweetheart, Grace Redding (Ashley Williams), who will soon have to face some difficult choices of her own." Nancy Anderson will be Burleigh's Wife.

The creative team includes set designer Jim Youmans, costume designer Gregory Gale, lighting designer Jeff Croiter, sound designer Peter Fitzgerald and choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler.

Director David Warren staged Off-Broadway's recent Hobson's Choice, Rope and Fiction, as well as Drumstruck.

Off-Broadway's New World Stages complex is at 340 W. 50th St. (formerly Dodger Stages).

The New York premiere is presented by Lewis Productions.

Performances play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM and Sunday evenings at 7 PM, with matinees on Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.

Tickets are $70 each and are now available through Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200, or in-person at New World Stages box office.

For more information, visit www.BurleighGrimes.com.

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Lewis Productions is a production company established by Kristine Lewis that has produced new works under the umbrella of the Bucks County Regional Theatre Company. Her career spans performing, to directing, producing, and teaching throughout the U.S. She is the owner and artistic director of the Theatre Arts Center (TAC) which was founded over 15 years ago. TAC productions have appeared in regional theatres including Bristol Riverside Theatre, Sellersville Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Pearl S. Buck International and others. Additionally, TAC is working with Music Theatre International (MTI) on adapting and recreating full length plays for a teen audience. Lewis is a member of the Players Club, Drama League, and the Lambs Club.

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