Halstead, Nathan, Scherer and More to Star in Griffin's Flea in Her Ear in KC

News   Halstead, Nathan, Scherer and More to Star in Griffin's Flea in Her Ear in KC Gary Griffin, the Broadway director of The Color Purple and The Apple Tree, will direct David Ives' new adaptation Georges Feydeau's farce A Flea in Her Ear as the season-closer of Kansas City Repertory Theatre's 2008-09 season.

The Rep production will play May 15-June 7. Opening night is May 22. Griffin's cast includes Carol Halstead (as Raymonde Chandebise), Anne L. Nathan (Lucienne), John Pasha (Romain Tournel), Jonathan Root (Camille Chandebise), John Scherer (Victor Chandebise), Allan Boardman (Baptiste), Martin S. Buchanan (Etienne), Scott Cordes (Ferraillon), Katie Kalahurka (Antoinette), Lauren Lubow (Eugenie), Michelangelo Milano (Rugby), Mark Robbins (Finache) and Cheryl Weaver (Olympia).

Feydeau is the master of the French bedroom farce. A Flea in Her Ear (1907), like other plays of the genre, presents "a witty series of misunderstandings, clandestine assignations and misplaced jealousies between husbands, wives and lovers that are played out with precision and breathtaking speed," according to the Rep.

Griffin has worked in New York, London and Chicago, where he is associate artistic director of Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Griffin has received eight Chicago Joseph Jefferson Awards for directing; his Broadway staging of The Color Purple earned 11 Tony nominations, including one for Best Musical; and his London staging of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Pacific Overtures received the Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production and a nomination for Best Director.

The design team includes costume designer Mara Blumenfeld, set designer Jack Magaw, lighting designer Jason Lyons and sound designer John Story.

For more information visit www.kcrep.org.