Victory Gardens associate artistic director Sandy Shinner, who helmed the acclaimed Chicago production, will repeat her chores for the Off-Broadway run of Joanna McClelland Glass' play. Tony Award winner Fritz Weaver and Kati Brazda, who co-starred in the Chicago production, will appear Off-Broadway as well. Opening night is Oct. 13 at 7 PM.
Weaver portrays former attorney general Francis Biddle, and Brazda is his new assistant. The story is inspired by playwright Glass' own experience as Biddle's personal secretary from 1967-68.
Trying, according to production notes, "is the story of Francis Biddle, the former Attorney General under President Franklin Roosevelt. In the play, which is set in 1967, Biddle is eighty-one years old, and he is trying to put his life in order. He is ill and functions 'somewhere between lucidity and senility.' With the new secretary his wife has hired, he struggles to find a way to communicate both to her and to the world at large."
The creative team for Trying comprises Jeff Bauer (set design), Carolyn Cristofani (costume design), Jacqueline Reed (lighting design) and Andrew Hobson (sound design).
Fritz Weaver may be best known for his Emmy-nominated performance as the doomed patriarch of a Berlin Jewish family in the NBC miniseries, "Holocaust." He won a Tony Award for his portrayal as the headmaster of a Catholic school in Child's Play, and has appeared on Broadway in The Crucible, Ring Round the Moon, The Price and Absurd Person Singular, among others. His career has encompassed regional and Off Broadway theatre, films including "Marathon Man," "The Day of the Dolphin," "Fail Safe," "Power," "Creepshow" and "The Thomas Crown Affair" and more. Kati Brazda, a Chicago actor, has appeared in local productions of The Misanthrope, Cymbeline, Top Girls and The Secret Rapture.
The Promenade Theatre is located at 2162 Broadway at 76th Street. Ticket information will be announced shortly.