Dylan Baker, Joanna Gleason, Brian d'Arcy James to Be Part of Beane's Cartells

News   Dylan Baker, Joanna Gleason, Brian d'Arcy James to Be Part of Beane's Cartells Casting has been announced for Douglas Carter Beane's The Cartells: A Prime Time Soap . . . Live, which is being presented by the Drama Dept. and Comix, the new comedy nightclub on West 14th Street.

As previously reported, Carl Andress will direct all four episodes of the live soap opera, which will be performed at Comix Oct. 16, 23 and 30 and Nov. 6 at 8 PM. Episode titles are "The Eye of the Needle," "Far Above Rubies," "Perish the Sword" and "Cast a Stone."

The starry cast will include Vanessa Aspillaga as Margarita Cartell, Dylan Baker as Craven Cartell, Keith Davis as Suitor, Joanna Gleason as Titsiana Cartell, Brian d'Arcy James as Cronin Cartell, David Rakoff as Hubris the butler and Joey Slotnick as Samson Solomon. The four performances will also feature weekly guest stars.

The design team includes B.T. Whitehill (set design), Jeriana Hochberg (costume design), Kirk Bookman and Julie Seitel (lighting design) and Lewis Flinn (sound design/original music).

The Cartells, according to press notes, is about "a wealthy oil family having too much fun in an Aaron Spelling kind of way." Beane is also the author of The Little Dog Laughed, which begins previews at Broadway's Cort Theatre Oct. 26.

Comix is located in Manhattan at 353 West 14th Street at Ninth Avenue. Tickets, priced at $35, are available by calling (212) 524-2500 or by visiting www.comixny.com. Dinner seating is available. VIP tickets, priced $125, can be reserved by calling (212) 633-9108, ext. 14; that price also includes pre-show cocktails and appetizers and a post-show party with the cast.