Reg Rogers will play the title Florentine sculptor in Cellini, the new John Patrick Shanley play which concludes performances on Aug. 2 at New York Stage and Film's summer season at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
The play, which Shanley will also direct, is a change of pace for the author of Moonstruck. It tells of Renaissance artist Benvenuto Cellini and his ambition to create a work to rival the greatest achievements of Michelangelo.
Rogers was nominated for a Tony Award in 1996 for his performance in the Circle in the Square production of Holiday. He returned to Broadway last season in Neil Simon's Proposals. His prior experience with Shanley includes a turn in the dramatist's Four Dogs and a Bone. Film work includes I Shot Andy Warhol and Primal Fear.
Also in the cast, playing some 30 other roles, are Dan Moran, Daniel Oreskes, Jennifer Roszell, John Gould Rubin, Laura Sametz, Matt Servitto, Christopher Even Welch, Jeff Whitty and Damien Young. Cellini runs through Aug. 2.
The season in the smaller Coal Bin Theatre continues with Hurricane, Erin Cressida Wilson's examination of the backlash against '60s feminism and free love, directed by Barry Edelstein. The cast features Adina Porter and Phyllis Somerville. For information on the season, call (914) 437-5599 or (914) 437-7235.
-- By Robert Simonson