Short List: Butler, Hill, Jaeck, Leahy and Peck To Star in Off-Broadway's Irish Curse

News   Short List: Butler, Hill, Jaeck, Leahy and Peck To Star in Off-Broadway's Irish Curse
 
Dan Butler, Roderick Hill, Scott Jaeck, Brian Leahy and Austin Peck will play men dealing with their shortcomings in the new Off-Broadway staging of Martin Casella's comedy The Irish Curse, beginning performances March 17 at the Soho Playhouse.
Dan Butler
Dan Butler

Opening night is set for March 28. Matt Lenz will direct. Sarahbeth Grossman and Craig Zehms are the producers of the new production.

According to production notes, "Size matters to the Irish-American guys who meet every Wednesday night in a support group...for men with very small penises. This raucously new comedy tackles the male obsession with body image, masculinity, and sex as it examines the fundamental question on the minds of men since the beginning of time: How do I measure up to the next guy?"

The Irish Curse had its world premiere at the New York International Fringe Festival with a sold-out run in 2005, winning the Overall Excellence Award for Playwriting. The play was also acclaimed in its European premiere at the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This production subsequently transferred to The Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival.

The creative team includes Lauren Helpern (set designer), Michael McDonald (costume designer) and Traci Klainer (lighting designer). Additional members of the design team will be announced shortly.

Butler is probably best known as Bulldog from the TV series, "Frasier." His one-man show The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me… garnered critical acclaim across the country, as well as Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations. In 2006, Dan produced, co-wrote, co-directed, and starred in the faux documentary, "Karl Rove, I Love You." He has also been active with suicide prevention, and in 1995 was the National Coming Out Day spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign. Hill appeared in the Broadway production of Butley, Dorian Gray in Maryland, Mint Theater's The Return of The Prodigal and as Nicolas in the Broadway production of Elton John's musical Lestat.

Jaeck appeared on Broadway in August: Osage County and The Night of the Iguana. His numerous TV credits include "Charmed," "ER," "Seinfeld," "Santa Barbara," "Prison Break," "NYPD Blue," among other shows.

Leahy originated the role of Rick in the 2005 New York International Fringe Festival production of The Irish Curse. He can currently be seen in the comedic web series "The Junior League of Superheroes," which he also wrote and co-produced.

Peck is best known for his starring roles on the popular daytime dramas "Days of Our Lives" and "As the World Turns." Other TV credits include "The District," "Charmed," "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" and "Strong Medicine." As a member of Theater 40 in Beverly Hills, Austin recently appeared in Plastic, Blue Silence and Japanese Death Poem.

Playwright Casella's other plays include Scituate (Best New Play, SCFTA); Mates (LA Weekly Award, Best New Play), Paydirt, Desert Fire, Beautiful Dreamer, Grand Junction, The Big Enchilada and George Bush Goes to Hell. He wrote the book for the musicals Paper Moon, Happy Holidays, Taking Care of Mrs. Carroll, Saint Heaven, Doo-Dah! and co-wrote the book for the new jazz musical Play It Cool (GLAAD nomination).

Director Lenz's Broadway credits include Hairspray (associate director; also for national tours, South Africa, Las Vegas, Toronto, Germany) and Disney's Beauty and the Beast (resident director) and Off-Broadway's Idaho! (NYMF) Alan Ball's The Amazing Adventures of Tense Guy.

Soho Playhouse is at 15 Vandam Street (between Avenue of the Americas & Varick Street).

Performances will be Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM, Sunday evenings at 7 PM, with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 3 PM. Tickets are $59 for all seats at all performances.

For tickets and more information visit www.TheIrishCurse.com.

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