Former Annie Joins MCC's Smokefall

News   Former Annie Joins MCC's Smokefall Pint-sized Broadway vet Taylor Richardson will be part of the Off-Broadway cast
Taylor Richardson
Taylor Richardson

Taylor Richardson, from the recent Broadway staging of Annie, has replaced Julia Garner in the New York premiere of Smokefall by Noah Haidle. The MCC production, helmed by Anne Kauffman, stars Zachary Quinto and Robin Tunney.

Garner has departed the Off-Broadway staging due to shifting schedules on other projects. Smokefall is still set to begin previews Feb. 4 with an opening night slated for Feb. 22. It is scheduled to run at the Lucille Lortel Theatre through March 13.

Directed by Kauffman, the play premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, where due to critical acclaim, it was remounted for a return engagement in 2014.

Here's how MCC bills the work: "In Smokefall, magical realism collides with manic vaudeville in a family drama unlike any you've ever seen. The Twins swap philosophy while awaiting their birth, Beauty (Richardson) eats dirt and doesn't speak, Father is about to drive away and never return, and a man named Footnote acts as our guide. Whipping from astonishing tenderness to profound humor and back again, this wholly original play uncovers the extraordinary family connections we all stretch and warp across the years but can never quite break."

The production will have scenic design by Mimi Lien, lighting by David Weiner, costumes by Asta Hostetter and sound by Lindsay Jones. Casting is by William Cantler, Telsey+Company.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting MCCTheater.org. The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located at 121 Christopher St., Manhattan.

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