Dan Butler, Mary Beth Hurt and Kathryn Meisle have joined two-time Tony winner John Cullum in the cast of Wendy Wasserstein's latest, Old Money. The play will begin previews Nov. 9 and open Dec. 7 at Lincoln Center Theatre's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, under the direction of Mark Brokaw.
Cullum will play Tobias Vivian Pfeiffer III, a professor of New York history. In the work, in which Wasserstein takes a look at Manhattan society past and present, Pfeiffer pays a call on the Upper East Side mansion where he grew up. The building is now owned by Jeffrey Bernstein, a hedge-fund analyst who made his fortune during the current Wall Street boom.
Cullum won his Tony Awards for On the Twentieth Century and Shenandoah, and remains best known in theatre circles for his musical work (he was also nommed as Best Actor in a Musical for On a Clear Day You Can See Forever). He is currently making his debut on the London stage in Arthur Miller's Mr. Peter's Connections. To television audiences, Cullum is remembered as one of the stars of "Northern Exposure."
Also in the cast are Emily Bergl, Mark Harelik Charlie Hofheimer and Jodi Long.
Mary Beth Hurt is a theatre stalwart. In the past decade or so, she's given memorable turns in The Secret Rapture and A Delicate Balance, both on Broadway, and as Emilia in Othello in Central Park, opposite Christopher Walken and Raul Julia. She's won Tony nominations for Benefactors, Crimes of the Heart and Trelawny of the Wells. Dan Butler is known for his role as "Bulldog" Briscoe on television's "Frasier." Off-Broadway, he appeared in his own one-man show, The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me. On Broadway, he's been seen in Biloxi Blues and Hot House.
Kathryn Meisle has spent recent season in the regions, playing roles in A Month in the Country, among others. On Broadway, she was seen in Racing Demon, London Assurance and The Rehearsal, the first with Lincoln Center Theater, the latter two at the Roundabout.
Brokaw has directed such Off-Broadway hits as How I Learned to Drive, As Bees in Honey Drown, This Is Our Youth and The Dying Gaul. Money marks his Lincoln Center Theatre debut, as well as his first stab at Wasserstein, whose New York premieres have typically been staged by Daniel Sullivan.
Wasserstein is one of the few contemporary American playwrights to find consistent success on the Broadway stage. She registered two big Broadway hits in a row with the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Heidi Chronicles and The Sisters Rosensweig. However, her next, and most recent, play, An American Daughter, surprised many in the theatre world by opening to largely negative reviews and closing after a brief Broadway run.
The design team for Old Money includes Thomas Lynch (sets), Jane Greenwood (costumes) and Mark McCullough (lighting). John Carrafa will provide musical staging.
* The remainder of the LCT 2000-2001 season features Jon Robin Baitz's Ten Unknowns, directed by Daniel Sullivan at the Newhouse (previews from Feb. 8, 2001, opening March 8); John Guare's Chaucer in Rome, directed by Nicholas Martin at the Newhouse (previews from May 10, 2001, opening June 7); and, on Broadway, Tom Stoppard's The Invention of Love, directed by Jack O'Brien.
-- By Robert Simonson