Mister Roberts Begins Limited Engagement at Kennedy Center March 12

News   Mister Roberts Begins Limited Engagement at Kennedy Center March 12 The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' mounting of the classic 1940's comedy Mister Roberts begins performances March 12.
Hunter Foster
Hunter Foster

Michael Dempsey, Frank Deal, Hunter Foster and Stephen Kunken lead the cast as, respectively, Lieutenant Roberts, Captain, Ensign Pulver and Doc. They will be joined onstage by Field Blauvelt, Clinton Brandhagen, Jeff Cusimano, Ted Feldman, Andrew Honeycutt, Beth Hylton, David Johnson, Nehal Joshi, Thomas Nunan, Kip Pierson, Michael Vitaly Sazonov, Todd Scofield, Stephen Thomas, Timothy Warren, Peter Wylie and Jim Zidar. Side Show's Robert Longbottom directs the D.C. production, which runs through April 3 at the Eisenhower Theater. The creative team comprises Andrew Jackness (set design), Suzy Benzinger (costume design), Ken Billington (lighting design) and John Gromada (sound design).

Tom Heggen and Joshua Logan's Mister Roberts opened on Broadway in 1948; the 1953 film starred Henry Fonda, James Cagney and Jack Lemmon. The play, according to production notes, is a "story about men on a small Navy supply ship, the U.S.S. AK 601, combating the deadliest of enemies—boredom and monotony. Young Lieutenant Douglas Roberts hungers to trade in his daily war of wills with the ship’s irascible captain for action and glory on the front lines."

Mister Roberts plays Tuesday through Sunday evenings at 7:30 PM with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 PM. Tickets, priced $25 $78, are available by calling (202) 467-4600. Visit www.kennedy-center.org for more information.