Peter Weller Is Towering Figure, Kristine Nielsen Is Crazy at Playwrights Horizons in 2006-07

News   Peter Weller Is Towering Figure, Kristine Nielsen Is Crazy at Playwrights Horizons in 2006-07 Playwrights Horizons will welcome Peter Weller, Kristine Nielsen, Reg E. Cathey and André Holland into its 2006-07 season, artistic director Tim Sanford and managing director Leslie Marcus announced.
Kristine Nielsen
Kristine Nielsen Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Stage and screen star Peter Weller ("Robocop," "24," David Rabe's Sticks and Bones) will star as architectural legend Frank Lloyd Wright in the New York premiere of Frank's Home, a new play by Richard Nelson. In addition, Broadway veteran Harris Yulin will play Wright's mentor, architect Louis Sullivan. Two-time Obie Award winner Kristine Nielsen joins the previously announced Sigourney Weaver in the world-premiere cast of Crazy Mary, a new play by A.R. Gurney. Nielsen appeared at Playwrights Horizons last season, garnering acclaim for her starring performance in Christopher Durang's Miss Witherspoon. As in Miss Witherspoon, she will once again be taking on a title role, this time playing Mary, cousin to Weaver's Lydia. Nielsen also appeared at Playwrights Horizons in Betty's Summer Vacation, for which she won an Obie Award and received Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations.

Reg E. Cathey and André Holland will headline the New York premiere of the two-actor tour-de-force Blue Door, a new play by Tanya Barfield. Cathey made his Broadway debut in Julie Taymor's The Green Bird and also appeared in her Fool's Fire. Holland is a 2006 graduate of the NYU Graduate Acting Program who has appeared at Shakespeare in the Park in As You Like It and Much Ado About Nothing and at the Young Vic in London.

Additional casting will be announced in the coming months. Subscriptions to Playwrights Horizons' 2006-2007 season are available in six-show (four Mainstage productions and two productions in The Peter Jay Sharp Theater) or four-show (four Mainstage productions) packages. For information, visit www.playwrightshorizons.org.