Goodman Theatre Announces Complete Casting for 2014-15 Season, Including Vanya and Sonia, Little Foxes

News   Goodman Theatre Announces Complete Casting for 2014-15 Season, Including Vanya and Sonia, Little Foxes
 
Final casting has been announced for the Goodman Theatre's 2014-15 season.

The season, which marks the Chicago theatre's 90th anniversary, will begin with Two Trains Running, by August Wilson, which begins performances March 7, prior to an official opening March 16. Directed by Chuck Smith, the production will continue through April 12. The cast includes Alfred Wilson as Holloway; A.C. Smith as West; Nambi E. Kelley as Risa; Ernest Perry Jr. as Hambone; Anthony Irons as Wolf; and Chester Gregory as Sterling. Terry Bellamy replaces the previously announced Ron OJ Parson in the role of Memphis.

Here's how the production is billed: "The civil rights movement is sweeping across Pittsburgh's Hill District in 1969, but the promise of a better tomorrow hasn't quite reached all of the city's residents, some of whom gather daily at Memphis' diner to gossip about the neighborhood, dream about their futures and confront the brutal realities of the present. Now Memphis must decide if he should allow the government to take over his building or sell the property to a ruthless businessman."

The world premiere of Kristoffer Diaz's The Upstairs Concierge will begin performances March 28 prior to an official opening April 6. The production will continue through April 26. Joining Tawny Newsome as Ella; Gabriel Ruiz as Harvey; John Stokvis as Kaz; and Travis Turner as Royals Guy are Theo Allyn as Mark Merriman; Sandra Delgado as Shivery; Alejandra Escalante as Rebecca; Jose Antonio Garcia as BB; Annie Henk as Dia; and Cedric Young as Jeffrey.

"Ella can't wait to start her new job as the upstairs concierge at a sleek hotel," press notes state. "Catering to celebrity guests is her dream — but it's hard to keep track of which guests are in which room, which guest is the biggest celebrity and which party-loving guests need extra supervision. Diaz gleefully skewers today's fame-obsessed society in this off-kilter new farce."

Henry Wishcamper will direct Lillian Helman's The Little Foxes, which will begin performances May 2 prior to an official opening May 11. The production will continue through June 7. Joining the cast are Michael Canavan as William Marshall; Rae Gray as Alexandra “Zan” Giddens; and Dan Waller as Leo Hubbard. Previously announced cast members include Shannon Cochran as Regina Giddens; Cherene Snow as Addie; Larry Yando as Benjamin Hubbard; Mary Beth Fisher as Birdie Hubbard; Dexter Zollicoffer as Cal; John Judd as Horace Giddens; and Steve Pickering as Oscar Hubbard. Here's how the production is billed: "Benjamin and Oscar Hubbard stand to earn millions funding an industrialized cotton mill, and seek help with the initial investment from their sister Regina. The refusal of Regina's dying husband to finance the scheme sets off an explosive series of betrayals, shattering the Hubbard clan's genteel façade and exposing their ruthless pursuit of wealth. Ferocious, funny and enduringly relevant, The Little Foxes is a chronicle of the dark side of the American Dream and wealth's corrupting power."

The Chicago premiere of stop. reset., written and directed by Regina Taylor, will begin performances May 23 prior to an official opening June 1. The play will continue through June 21. Joining the previously announced Jacqueline Williams as Jan, Eric Lynch as Chris, Tim Decker as Tim and Edgar Sanchez as J are Lisa Tejero as Deb and Eugene Lee as Ames.

"As e-books and digital technologies transform the literary world, Chicago businessman Alex Ames must confront the likely demise of his long-standing African-American book publishing company," press notes state. "While his employees fret over losing their jobs, Alex finds unlikely inspiration from a mysterious teenager, whose inventive, forward-thinking ideas may provide the solution to preserving Alex's legacy."

The season will conclude with the Chicago premiere of Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Steve Scott will direct the play, which will begin performances June 20 prior to an official opening June 29 and continue through July 26. The cast includes Ross Lehman as Vanya; Janet Ulrich Brooks as Sonia; Mary Beth Fisher as Masha; E. Faye Butler as Cassandra; Rebecca Buller as Nina; and Jordan Brown as Spike.

Here's how the production is billed: "Siblings Vanya and Sonia have spent their adult years trapped in mundane lives at their family's cottage, caring for their ailing parents. Meanwhile their self- involved sister Masha, a glamorous movie star, has traveled the world in decadent style. After their soothsayer/cleaning woman Cassandra warns Vanya and Sonia of impending doom, Masha arrives unannounced, accompanied by her hunky young lover Spike. When Masha reveals plans that will upend the family, long-repressed resentments bubble over in a weekend full of wild costume parties, voodoo dolls and surprise romance."

For tickets and more information, call (312) 443-3800 or visit GoodmanTheatre.org.

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