PHOTO CALL: Jonathan Groff, Jennifer Damiano, Molly Ranson Celebrate Wild Animals You Should Know Opening

News   PHOTO CALL: Jonathan Groff, Jennifer Damiano, Molly Ranson Celebrate Wild Animals You Should Know Opening
 
The world premiere of Thomas Higgins' Wild Animals You Should Know, featuring Gideon Glick and Jay Armstrong Johnson as boy scouts on a unique excursion, officially opened Off-Broadway Nov. 20. Tony Award winner Alice Ripley and Patrick Breen also star.

Trip Cullman (A Small Fire, Bachelorette) directs the MCC Theater production that began previews Nov. 4 for a run through Dec. 11 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.

The cast features Ripley (Next to Normal, Side Show), Breen (The Normal Heart, Next Fall), Glick (Spring Awakening, Spider-Man), Johnson (8, Hair), John Behlmann (The 39 Steps) and Daniel Stewart Sherman (A Streetcar Named Desire at Williamstown).

Here is the cast and guests on opening night:

According to MCC, "Matthew (Johnson) and Jacob (Glick) are an unlikely pair of friends. Matthew is a soccer star, full of brio and teenage swagger. Jacob is, well, not. Beneath the surface, though, the two are locked in an innocently erotic game of cat and mouse. When Matthew's reluctant father, Walter, (Breen) is wrangled by his wife Marsha (Ripley) into chaperoning the boys' trip to a wilderness scout camp, he finds himself drawn into their adolescent game. But Matthew has secretly decided just how far he's willing to go for his final act of scouting and everyone might do well to heed the scouts' motto: Be Prepared."

The production has scenic design by Andromache Chalfant, costume design by Jenny Mannis, lighting design by David Weiner and sound design by Fitz Patton.

Wild Animals You Should Know  was previously developed at the Ojai Playwrights Conference. Higgins' works also include This Modern House, The Elephant Party and The Home Maker.

Visit mcctheater.org. The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located at 121 Christopher Street.

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