Nicholas Martin (Match, Betty's Summer Vacation) will stage the work to open the new season for the California company Sept. 7 for a run through Oct. 16.
The rarely produced 1935 Kingsley drama is set in Depression-era Manhattan where a gang of youngsters known as the Dead End Kids rule the streets until they are challenged by their wealthy neighbors.
Martin previously revived the work at CTG artistic director Michael Ritchie's former stomping grounds, the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 1997, with a cast that included Campbell Scott, Scott Wolf, Robert Sean Leonard and Marian Seldes. He remounted it in 2000 at his Boston homestage, the Huntington Theatre Company.
Sisto ("Six Feet Under," Geffen's Take Me Out), Scott ("That Thing You Do," Touch - Off-Broadway) and Van Patten (Jake's Women, Brighton Beach Memoirs) will lead a cast that will also include Carol Androsky, Ian Barford, Walter Beery, Beck Bennett, Scott Burman, Dennis Cockrum, Nick Dazé, Ryan Eggold, Wyatt Fenner, Ben Giroux, Shiloh Goodin, Pamela Gray, Kathryn Hahn, Megan Marie Harvey, Sarah Hudnut, Jeffrey Hutchinson, Charley Lang, Clay Larsen, Geoffrey E. Lind, Jr., Melanie Lora, Leo Marks, Luce Morgan, Cole Morgen, Sam Murphy, Dohn Norwood, Trevor Peterson, Donna Pieroni, Benjamin Platt, Greg Roman, Adam Rose, Ed Sorrell, Barry Squitieri, Josh Sussman, Juliana Long Tyson, Ricky Ullman, Danielle Van Beest, Teddy Vincent, Craig Vogeley and Ryan Wilkins.
The original design team (from the Williamstown and Huntington runs) returns for the Los Angeles run. They include James Noone (scenic), Michael Krass (costume), Kenneth Posner (lighting) and Kurt B. Kellenberger (sound). The production features music composed by Mark Bennett and fight direction by Rick Sordelet. Grayson Merritt serves as production stage manager. Director Martin, who staged Durang's Betty's Summer Vacation to Obie Award success at Playwrights Horizons in 1999, also directed the Broadway staging of Match by Stephen Belber. Other credits include Butley, Springtime for Henry, A Month in the Country, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Hedda Gabler, Fully Committed and Dead End.
The new season at CTG's Ahmanson will continue with Greg Morrison, Lisa Lambert, Bob Martin and Don McKellar's new musical The Drowsy Chaperone (Nov. 8 Dec. 24) and The Importance of Being Earnest, starring Lynn Redgrave, plays (Jan. 17-March 5, 2006). Next up will be the special events Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake (March 8-19, 2006) and Dame Edna: Back With A Vengeance (March 28-April 9, 2006) as well as Robert Wilson, Tom Waits and William S. Burroughs' The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets (April 22-June 11, 2006) and a new pre-Broadway musical to be announced.
Tickets and subscriptions are currently available for the season at the Ahmanson, 135 North Grand Ave. in Los Angeles, CA, by calling (213) 628-2772 or visit www.TaperAhmanson.com.