Signature Theatre's energetic, intimate new production of West Side Story has been dazzling DC-area audiences. Max Clayton, who lends his skills to iconic gang leader Riff, invites us backstage and into the world of West Side Story!
Play It Cool With Max Clayton, The Charismatic "Riff" of Signature's Intimate New West Side Story!
The production stars MaryJoanna Grisso as Maria, Austin Colby as Tony, Sean Ewing as Bernardo and Max Clayton as Riff. Helen Hayes Award winner Natascia Diaz returns to the role of Anita.
The cast also features Jasmine Alexis, Jacob Beasley, Kurt Boehm, Jennifer Cordiner, Ryan Fitzgerald, Michael Graceffa, Colleen Hayes, Jamie Howes, Ryan Kanfer, Katie Mariko Murray, Ilda Mason, Tony Niedenbach, Zachary Norton, DJ Petrosino, Olivia Ashley Reed, Eric Rivas Maria Rizzo, Ryan Sellers, Bobby Smith, Cami Spring, Russell Sunday, Joseph Tudor, Shawna Walker, J. Morgan White and John Leslie Wolfe.
The production has choreography by Parker Esse (based on original choreography by Jerome Robbins); musical direction by Jon Kalbfleisch; scenic design by Misha Kachman; costume design by Frank Labovitz; lighting design by Jason Lyons; sound design by Lane Elms; hair design by Anne Nesmith; fight choreography by Casey Kaleba; associate choreographer Jessica Hartman; assistant choreographer Tony Niedenbach; production stage manager Kerry Epstein; and assistant stage managers Allie Roy and Paul Luckenbaugh.
Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Robin de Jesús, Brian Hutchison, Tuc Watkins, Charlie Carver, and Michael Benjamin Washington share secrets behind the play’s design, character perspectives, and the work’s importance in 2018.