Resident director Darko Tresnjak directs the staging which also features Amy Van Nostrand and Tim Donoghue. The opening night is set for March 10.
In What the Butler Saw, a doctor is attempting some extramarital activity when his wife unexpectedly arrives from a sexual misadventure of her own. The comedy also employs a hospital inspector and a policeman in a series of twists and turns.
Director Tresnjak recently directed the staging of Two Noble Kinsmen at The Public Theater in New York. Other credits include The Blue Demon, Heartbreak House,(both at Huntington), Pericles (Old Globe Theatre), Moving Picture (Williamstown Theatre Festival) and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Long Wharf Theatre).
Playwright Orton's other works include Loot, The Erpingham Camp and Entertaining Mr. Sloane.
Actor Whitehead has appeared in Habeas Corpus, the revival of My Fair Lady opposite Richard Chamberlain, The Harlequin Studies with Bill Irwin, Noël Coward's Suite in Two Keys, Neil Simon's London Suite, Lettuce and Lovage, A Little Hotel on the Side, Noises Off and Camelot. The actor — who served as Rodney Dangerfield's antagonist in the film "Back to School," is also known for his television turns in the series "Marblehead Manor" and "Simon," as well as appearances on "Mad About You," "The West Wing," "Frasier," "Ellen," "Friends" and "Third Rock from the Sun." The design team for What the Butler Saw features David Gordon (set), Linda Cho (costumes), Matthew Richards (lighting) and Ben Emerson (sound).
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