Intimate in detail, yet sprawling in years, the play has a running time of more than three hours as it tells of a Greek immigrant (John Sierros) and the lives of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren (the story goes slightly into the future, as well). Cherry Jones plays the matriarch of the family, Martha Plimpton her younger daughter, Gaitens the son and Jessica Hecht the elder daughter.
The play opened July 16 after previews from June 28 at the East Village not-for-profit theatre on East 4th Street.
The run of the show coincided with the 2003 blackout. Parts of downtown didn't get power until later than expected. Two shows were lost Aug. 14-15.
Doug Hughes (Scattergood, Othello) directed the production. The design team includes Christine Jones (sets), Paul Tazewell (costumes), Scott Zielinski (lighting) and David Van Tieghem (sound) — who also provides original music. The cast includes Patricia Buckley, Airrion Doss, Sean Dugan, Peter Frechette, Chris McGarry and Jeff Weiss.
Actress Jones, who appeared in "Signs," recently played in the Broadway production of Imaginary Friends and is known for her Tony-winning turn in The Heiress.
Plimpton, known for roles in such films as "The Goonies," was last seen in David Mamet's Boston Marriage at The Public Theater. Hecht, who played in The Last Night of Ballyhoo on Broadway, recently starred in The Fourth Sister. Frechette's recent credits include What the Butler Saw and The Dazzle. McGarry played in Salome on Broadway and appeared in Where's My Money? Weiss has played on Broadway in The Invention of Love, The Iceman Cometh and Ivanov.
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