Nicky Silver's World Premiere Beautiful Child Begins at Off-Broadway's Vineyard, Feb. 6

News   Nicky Silver's World Premiere Beautiful Child Begins at Off-Broadway's Vineyard, Feb. 6 Playwright Nicky Silver returns to Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre Feb. 6 with the world premiere of Beautiful Child, starring Penny Fuller, George Grizzard, Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros, Kaitlin Hopkins and Steven Pasquale.
Beautiful Child playwright Nicky Silver.
Beautiful Child playwright Nicky Silver.

The production, directed by Terry Kinney, will open at the downtown Manhattan venue Feb. 24.

Silver's new drama centers on a troubled teacher who returns home to his family. A Vineyard veteran, the scribe has seen his previous works Pterodactyls, Maiden's Prayer, Raised In Captivity, The Altruists and Eros Trilogy staged at the Off-Broadway space. The scribe also penned a new book for the recent Broadway revival of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's The Boys From Syracuse.

Fuller, who recently appeared in the National Actors Theatre's Right You Are, has performed in Wendy Wasserstein's An American Daughter and Neil Simon's The Dinner Party — for which she was Tony nominated. Her other nod came for her turn in Applause. Other credits include Rex, Cabaret and Barefoot in the Park.

Grizzard is a Tony Award winner for his turn in A Delicate Balance. The stage veteran has also appeared on Broadway in Judgment at Nuremberg, Man and Superman, California Suite, The Royal Family, The Country Girl, The Glass Menagerie, Big Fish, Little Fish and as Nick the original production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Gersten-Vassilaros co-wrote the recent Off-Broadway play Omnium Gatherum with Theresa Rebeck and also penned the Broadway play My Thing of Love. As an actress, she has performed in Alone Together, Lusting After Pipino's Wife, Made in Heaven, Ladies and Loose Ends. Hopkins appeared as the matriarch in Off-Broadway's Bat Boy: The Musical. The actress also performed in She Loves Me at Los Angeles' Reprise! and workshop productions of Sarah, Plain and Tall and The Baby and Johnny Project — the latter based on the film "Dirty Dancing."

Pasquale was recently seen on the New York stage in A Man of No Importance. Other credits include the world premiere of The Light in the Piazza as well as Off-Broadway stagings of The Spitfire Grill, Spinning Into Butter and The Wild Party.

Director Kinney helmed the recent revival of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest on Broadway. He was applauded for his Chicago premiere of Richard Greenberg's The Violet Hour. As an actor, he has performed on stage in The Grapes of Wrath and Buried Child as well as on screen in "Oz" and "The Laramie Project."

The design team includes Richard Hoover (set), David Lander (lighting), Michael Krass (costumes) and Obadiah Eaves (sound).

For reservations to Beautiful Child at the Vineyard, 108 East 15 St., call (212) 353-0303 or visit www.vineyardtheatre.org.

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