The full cast also features Emmanuel Brown (Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark), Ellen Harvey (The Phantom of the Opera), Christopher Innvar (The Snow Geese), Nathaniel Stampley (The Gershwins'Porgy and Bess), Ryan-James Hatanaka (King Lear), Preston Sadleir (Top Five), Stacey Sargeant (Signature’s Our Lady of Kibeho) and Libby Winters (American Idiot The Musical).
Performances will run Feb. 3- March 15 at The Irene Diamond Stage.
Big Love reunites Signature's 2007-08 Playwright-in-Residence Charles Mee with his longtime collaborator Tina Landau. Billed as a modern re-making of one of the world's oldest plays, The Danaids by Aeschylus, the Signature promises "a colossal, poetic work that explores the hunger for independence, the burden of tradition, and the shape and size of love." According to press notes, "fifty brides flee their fifty grooms and seek refuge in an Italian villa. Mayhem ensues, complete with grooms in flight suits, women throwing themselves to the ground, occasional pop songs and romantic dances - even a bride falling in love."
The design team includes Brett Banakis (scenic design), Anita Yavich (costume design), Scott Zielinski (lighting design), Kevin O’Donnell (sound design), Austin Switser (projection design) and Rick Sordelet (fight direction). Casting is by Telsey + Company, Karyn Casl, CSA.
There will be post-show talkbacks on Feb. 10 and 26, and March 3 and 10, as well as a pre-show Art of Collaboration discussion with playwright Mee and director Landau on Feb. 18 at 6 PM. There will also be a pre-show Backstage Pass discussion with one of the production’s designers on March 5 at 6 PM. These events are free and open to the public. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by visiting signaturetheatre.org or by callling (212) 244 7529. The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing SquareSignature Center is located at 480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues, New York.