Michael Aronov, Jeremy Davidson, Robert Hogan, Jefferson Mays Set for LCT's Blood and Gifts

News   Michael Aronov, Jeremy Davidson, Robert Hogan, Jefferson Mays Set for LCT's Blood and Gifts Lincoln Center Theater announced July 26 casting for its upcoming production of J.T. Rogers' Blood and Gifts, which will begin previews Oct. 27 at Off-Broadway's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.

Jefferson Mays
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Directed by Bartlett Sher, the production will officially open Nov. 21.

The cast will feature Michael Aronov, Jeremy Davidson, Robert Hogan, Jefferson Mays, Andrés Munar, Paul Niebanck, John Procaccino, Liv Rooth, Gabriel Ruiz, Pej Vahdat, Andrew Weems and Bernard White.

Commissioned by Lincoln Center Theater, and presented last year at the National Theatre, Blood and Gifts, according to press notes, "tells the story of the secret spy war behind the official Soviet-Afghan War of the 1980s. Spanning a decade and playing out in Washington DC, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, the play follows CIA operative Jim Warnock (to be played by Jeremy Davidson) as he struggles to stop the Soviet Army's destruction of Afghanistan. The ground constantly shifts for Jim and his counterparts in the KGB and British and Pakistani secret service as the political and personal alliances between the men keeps changing. And as the outcome of the entire Cold War comes into play, Jim and a larger-than-life Afghan warlord find the only person they can trust is each other."

Designing the production are Michael Yeargan, set design; Catherine Zuber, costume design; Donald Holder, lighting design; and Peter John Still, sound design.

J.T. Rogers is the author of the play The Overwhelming (produced in New York by the Roundabout Theater Company and in London at the National Theatre, in association with Out of Joint), Madagascar, White People, Murmuring in a Dead Tongue and Seeing the Elephant, which was nominated for the Kesselring Prize for Best New American Play.

Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater is located at 150 West 65th Street. Ticket information will be announced at a later date.

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