Off-Broadway's Primary Stages has announced complete casting for the first two productions of the 2017–18 season: Scott Carter’s The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord and Kate Hamill’s stage adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.
The cast of Discord, which begins performances September 19 at the Cherry Lane Theatre, will be made up of Duane Boutté (Parade, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin) as Charles Dickens, Michael Laurence (Appropriate, Talk Radio) as Thomas Jefferson, and Thom Sesma (Pacific Overtures, Man of La Mancha) as Leo Tolstoy.
The new play from Carter, executive producer of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, sees the three historical figures debating literature, religion, and everything in between. Kimberly Senior directs a run set to open October 1 and play through October 22.
Also slated for the fall will be Hamill’s take on the Jane Austen classic, Pride and Prejudice, set to begin performances November 7 at Cherry Lane. Joining the previously announced Hamill as Lizzy are Mark Bedard (The Knick) as Wickham, Miss Bingley, and Mr. Collins; Kimberly Chatterjee (The Christians) as Lydia and Lady Catherine; Jason O'Connell (Sense & Sensibility) as Mr. Darcy; Amelia Pedlow (The Liar) as Jane and Miss De Bourgh; Chris Thorn (The Big Broadcast on East 53rd) as Charlotte Lucas and Mr. Bennet; John Tufts (Fashions for Men) as Bingley and Mary; and Nance Williamson (Romeo and Juliet) as Mrs. Bennet.
Pride and Prejudice, directed by Amanda Dehnert, will begin performances November 7 and officially open November 19. The production is co-presented with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (HVSF), where the show is currently running. The Off-Broadway engagement will play through December 15.
Tickets for both productions are now available by visiting PrimaryStages.org or by calling OvationTix at (212) 352-3101.