Richard Nelson's The General From America, already set to star Not About Nightingale's Corin Redgrave as the infamous Revolutionary War traitor, has completed casting in preparation for an Oct. 11 bow at Houston's Alley Theatre.
Broadway veteran Nicholas Kepros (the original Amadeus, Timon of Athens, Saint Joan) is featured as Sir Henry Clinton with Kate Kearney-Patch (Boston and San Francisco's The Dead) as Hannah Arnold, Jon DeVries as George Washington, Jesse Pennington (Franny's Way) as Alexander Hamilton. Completing the cast are Sean Cullen (Broadway's The Dead) as Joseph Reed/Robinson, Alice Cannon as Mrs. Henry Clinton, Thomas M. Hammond as Stephen Kemble/Van Wart, Paul Anthony McGrane as John Andre, Thomas Sadoski as Timothy Matlock/Pauling and Yvonne Woods (Franny's Way) as Peggy.
Redgrave is the brother of actresses Lynn and Vanessa. His work includes many productions with London's Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, including playing George Washington in the world premiere of General From America, Gaev in The Cherry Orchard and Jean Paul Marat in Marat/Sade. He last appeared on Broadway as Boss Whalen in Not About Nightingales.
General examines the decision Arnold made to leave the Continental Army, of which he was a most esteemed leader, and defect to the British side, questioning if it's really possible to betray a country already betraying itself. Nelson won a Tony Award for the book to the musical James Joyce's The Dead.
The General From America will play through Nov. 9, then transfer to Off-Broadway's Theatre for a New Audience for a run Nov. 16-Dec. 22 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. The Alley Theatre is located at 615 Texas Avenue. For reservations, call (713) 228-8421 or (800) 259-ALLE. The Alley Theatre is on the web at http://www.alleytheatre.com.
— By Christine Ehren