Naked Angels' production of Shyster will begin previews Nov. 18. The Bryan Goluboff comedy will open at the Blue Heron Theatre Nov. 29. The play stars Annabella Sciorra, Phyllis Newman and Fisher Stevens.
Sciorra is best known for her film work, which includes Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever" and "The Hand that Rocks the Cradle." On the New York stage, she has appeared in David Rabe's Those the River Keeps.
Stevens, a Naked Angels founder, appeared in the Nicholas Hytner revival of Carousel, as well as Terrence McNally's A Perfect Ganesh. On film, he's been seen in "A Reversal of Fortune" and "The Flamingo Kid."
Theatre vet Newman has appeared in such plays as The Food Chain and Subways Are for Sleeping.
In Goluboff's play, a young man returns a week late for his father's funeral to find the building his dad owned has been inherited not by him, not by his militant sister, but by a young black tenant. Dante Albertie will direct. After producing a play here, a play there, the tony ensemble Naked Angels began presenting theatre in earnest last season, and ended up with a surprise hit in David Marshall Grant's Snakebit.
Shyster is a co-production with Evangeline Morphos.
-- by Robert Simonson