Groundswell, with Larry Bryggman, Opens Off-Broadway May 18

News   Groundswell, with Larry Bryggman, Opens Off-Broadway May 18 Larry Bryggman, David Lansbury and Souleymane Sy Savane star in The New Group's production of Ian Bruce's Groundswell, which officially opens Off-Broadway May 18.
Groundswell star Larry Bryggman
Groundswell star Larry Bryggman Photo by Monique Carboni

New Group artistic director Scott Elliott stages the American premiere of the work, which began performances May 4 for a run at The Acorn @ Theatre Row through June 27. Bryggman, a two-time Tony Award nominee (for Proof and Picnic) has also been seen on Broadway in Twelve Angry Men and Festen and Off-Broadway in Occupant. He is joined onstage by Lansbury (Hedda Gabler, Major Barbara) and newcomer Savane (star of film "Goodbye Solo").

"On the barren, diamond-diving coast of South Africa, Johan and Thami, an ex-cop and a gardener from starkly contrasting backgrounds, maintain a beachfront guest lodge during the off-season while looking for a way out," reads a show description. "When Smith, a retired businessman, shows up one foggy night, the two men think they've found an ideal investor for their scheme to buy into a government-run mining concession. Soon, these rootless men find themselves in a power struggle fueled by greed, desperation and entitlement."

The design team includes Derek McLane (set), Eric Becker (costume), Jason Lyons (lighting) and Shane Rettig (sound).

The play was first produced by Cape Town, South Africa's New Africa Theatre in 2005. Groundswell replaced the rescheduled production of Seth Rosenfeld's Handball.

Tickets to The New Group's Groundswell at Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, are available by calling (212) 279-4200. For more information visit thenewgroup.org.

David Lansbury and Souleymane Sy Savane in <i>Groundswell</i>
David Lansbury and Souleymane Sy Savane in Groundswell Photo by Monique Carboni