Golden, Shear, Stew, Tam and Ikeda Among Summer Play Festival Participants

News   Golden, Shear, Stew, Tam and Ikeda Among Summer Play Festival Participants Annie Golden, Jason Tam, Claudia Shear and Jenny Ikeda are among the Broadway performers who will take part in the fifth annual Summer Play Festival in residence at The Public Theater.
Annie Golden
Annie Golden

SPF — founded in 2004 by Arielle Tepper Madover — the Tony-winning Broadway producer of Frost/Nixon, Monty Python's Spamalot and The Pillowman, runs July 1-27.

In addition to casting, SPF has also announced that Tony Award winner Stew (Passing Strange) has been enlisted to contribute original music to the Stephen Brown drama Future Me, while Altar Boyz director Stafford Arima will stage Billy Finnegan's Esther Demsack.

For The Black Suits — the rock musical penned by Joe Iconis and Robert Maddock — the cast will include Nick Blaemire (Glory Days), Sarah Glendening (Good Vibrations), Annie Golden (Xanadu), Krysta Rodriguez (In The Heights), Lance Rubin (The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks), Jason Tam (A Chorus Line) and Jason Williams (The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks). John Simpkins will direct.

Billy Finnegan's Auntie Mame-inspired Esther Demsack will feature Claudia Shear (Dirty Blonde), Elzbieta Czyzewska (Hedda Gabler), Noah Galvin (Les Miserables) and Marin Hinkle ("Two and a Half Men"), under the direction of Stafford Arima (an Olivier Award nominee for Ragtime in London).

Joanna Settle will direct Stephen Brown's drama Future Me, featuring musical contributions from Stew. The cast includes Aaron Lohr (Rent), Michael Braun (The Breach), Chris McCann (Paradise Park), Chris McKinney (Medea), Nancy McNulty (Armed and Naked in America) and Linda Powell (The Overwhelming). Sarah Hammond's mystical tale of sisterhood, Green Girl, will be staged by Wendy McClellan and feature Campion Hall, Erik Jensen (Spain), Julie Jesneck (Mr. Marmalade), Keira Keeley (The Thugs), Will Rogers (From Up Here) and Jessica Wortham (The Ruby Sunrise).

The sci-fi thriller Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, penned by Jennifer Haley, will include David Aaron Baker (Dead Man's Cell Phone), Reyna DeCorucy (Asbury Park), Brian Gerard Murray (Stretch) and Sally Wheeler ("Two of a Kind"), under the direction of Kerry Whighan.

Evan Cabnet directs Tell Out My Soul, Jacquelyn Honess-Martin's work about religion, identity and truth that features a cast comprised of Jenny Ikeda (Top Girls), Cynthia Darlow (Old Acquaintance), Sherman Howard (Inherit the Wind), Laura Leigh (The Greeks) and Annie Pariesse ("How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days").

The Ones That Flutter by Sylvia Reed, explores the life of a retired man and the ghosts of his past. Stephen Brackett directs a cast including Chris Chalk (The Overwhelming), Struan Erlenborn (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Julia Gibson (Uncle Vanya), Dan Lauria ("The Wonder Years") and Danielle Skraastad (The Receptionist).

Caitlin Moon directs Tio Pepe, the touching family play rich with music and dance by Matthew Lopez. The cast will feature Vaniek Echeverria (The Ruby Sunrise), Nathaniel Mendez (Life & Death of Jimmy Katz), April Ortiz ("Father of the Bride") and Benita Robledo (Linnea).

Tickets for the Summer Play Festival, priced $10, are available by visiting spfnyc.com, or by phoning (212) 967-7555.