After 25 years in their East Village theatre at 80 St. Marks, the Pearl takes up residency at the midtown venue leased from the Manhattan Theatre Club. Newly appointed Pearl artistic director J.R. Sullivan stages the play that runs Oct. 2-Nov. 22. Playboy officially opens Oct. 11.
The cast features Pearl company members Rachel Botchan as Widow Quin, Bradford Cover as Michael James, Dominic Cuskern as Jimmy Farrell and Sean McNall as Christy Mahon.
Guest artists include Ellen Adair as Sara Tansey, Stephanie Bratnick as Susan Brady, Michael Brusasco as Philly Cullen, Julie Ferrell as Honor Blake, Joe Kady as Old Mahon, Ryan G. Metzger as Shawn Keough, and Lee Stark as Pegeen.
According to press notes, The Playboy of the Western World "tells the story of young Christopher Mahon, who stumbles out of the wild and into this remote place for a drink declaring he’s killed his father. The audacious act (and the fine way Mahon begins to tell it) make him a local hero—particularly to Margaret Flaherty, better known as Pegeen Mike, who quickly comes to idealize Christy Mahon as something of a savior."
The production design team includes Harry Feiner (scenic design), Rachel Laritz (costume design), Stephen Petrilli (lighting design) and ML Dogg (sound design). For tickets phone (212) 598-9802 or visit PearlTheatre. New York City Center Stage II is located at West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.