Stage Stars Ham Up Kotis' New Pig Farm Off-Broadway, Opens June 27

News   Stage Stars Ham Up Kotis' New Pig Farm Off-Broadway, Opens June 27 Greg Kotis' new comedy Pig Farm opens Off-Broadway starring Tony Award winners Katie Finneran and Denis O'Hare with John Ellison Conlee and Logan Marshall-Green, June 27.
Katie Finneran in the new comedy Pig Farm.
Katie Finneran in the new comedy Pig Farm. Photo by Joan Marcus

John Rando (The Wedding Singer) directs the Roundabout Theatre Company world premiere co-presentation with San Diego's Old Globe (where it will play next). The new work began previews June 9 at Off-Broadway's Laura Pels Theatre for a limited engagement slated through Sept. 3.

"Under a pot-bellied sky on a struggling pig farm somewhere in America, Tom (Conlee), Tina (Finneran) and their hired hand Tim (Marshall-Green) fight to hold onto everything they have—namely, a herd of fifteen thousand restless pigs," reads a description of the Orwellian tale. The tongue-in-cheek synopsis continues "Dumping sludge into the river has driven Tom to drink, and Tim seems to have caught Tina's eye, but when Teddy (O'Hare), an officer of the Environmental Protection Agency, arrives to inspect the operation, life on the farm explodes, implodes, then explodes again. Not literally, of course, but…you get the idea."

Conlee recently appeared in Roundabout's The Constant Wife on Broadway and is known for his Tony Award-nominated turn in The Full Monty. Other credits include 1776, The Bald Soprano, The Butter and Egg Man, Once in a Lifetime, The Green Heart and Henry VIII.

Finneran earned her Tony for the 2002 revival of Noises Off. The actress has previously worked for Roundabout on Broadway as Sally Bowles in Cabaret and Off-Broadway in Arms and the Man and You Never Can Tell. Other credits include The Iceman Cometh, Proposals, The Heiress, My Favorite Year the Encores! production of Lil' Abner, the London premiere of Fuddy Meers, on television in "The Inside," "Wonderfalls," "Frasier" and the film "Bewitched."

O'Hare— a Tony winner for his turn in Take Me Out — is also a Roundabout veteran, having appeared on Broadway in Assassins, Cabaret and Major Barbara. He currently stars in the Broadway revival of Sweet Charity. Other credits include Racing Demon, Vienna Lusthaus - Revisited, Helen, 10 Unknowns, The Devils, The Arabian Nights, Lonely Planet, films turns in "Derailed," "21 Grams," "Garden State" and the television remake of "Once Upon A Mattress." Recently on the boards in Off-Broadway's Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, Marshall-Green is known to television audiences for his stints on "The O.C." and "24." He has also been seen Off-Broadway in Neil LaBute's The Distance From Here and Swimming in the Shallows.

The design team for Pig Farm will be Scott Pask (sets), Gregory Gale (costumes), Brian MacDevitt (lights) and John Gromada (original music and sound design).

Playwright Kotis and director Rando reteam following their previous collaboration on the Tony Award-winning Urinetown. Rando earned a 2002 Tony for Best Direction while Kotis received awards for Best Book and Best Original Score.

Kotis is also developing two new musicals including Yeast Nation (the triumph of life) and The Man in the White Suit. Other plays include Eat the Taste, Jobey and Katherine, Baron Von Siebenburg Melts Through the Floorboards and Give the People What They Want.

Rando has also directed Mere Mortals, Ancient History/English Made Simple, Lives of the Saints, Polish Joke, the City Center's Encores! concert versions of The Pajama Game, Do Re Mi, and Strike up the Band as well as The Dinner Party, A Thousand Clowns and Dance of the Vampires. He is currently represented on Broadway with the new musical The Wedding Singer.

Tickets to Pig Farm at the Laura Pels Theatre, located at 111 West 46th Street will be available in the spring by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719 1300. For more information, go online to www.roundabouttheatre.org.

From left: John Ellison Conlee and Logan Marshall-Green from a scene in <i>Pig Farm</i>.
From left: John Ellison Conlee and Logan Marshall-Green from a scene in Pig Farm. Photo by Joan Marcus