Opening night on the WST mainstage is March 24. Malcolm Black directs the lesser-known, once-scandalous play by the author of Private Lives, Hay Fever and Blithe Spirit.
In Fallen Angels, according to WST, "Jane [Peakes] and Julia [Stevens] are the best of friends. They live in the same very posh section of 1920s London, and are both married to loving (if slightly inattentive and dull) husbands. When the boys head out of town on a golfing weekend, Jane and Julia go from BFF to 'frenemies' when a very dashing and very French mutual ex-boyfriend shows up. Each will go to any length to see this mysterious and debonair former lover, even at the expense of the other."
The play premiered in London in 1926 starring Tallulah Bankhead, and on Broadway in 1927.
Peakes and Stevens return to the Walnut after having recently appeared in Born Yesterday and A Streetcar Named Desire, respectively. Jane's husband (Willy) will be played by Van Horn, who appeared recently in the Walnut's Studio 3 world premiere of The Prince. Julia's husband (Fred) will be played by Wood, who happens to be Stevens' real-life husband.
Rounding out the cast as Maurice is Olmstead (WST's Of Mice and Men) and Eisenhower (Forbidden Broadway's Greatest Hits) as Saunders. The creative team includes set and lighting designer Paul Wonsek; costume designer Ellis Tillman; sound designer Christopher Colucci.
Walnut Street Theatre is at 825 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, PA. For tickets and information, call (215) 574-3550 or (800) 982-2787 or visit www.WalnutStreetTheatre.org or Ticketmaster.