"West Wing" Actress Moloney and Obie Winner Shamos Join 100 Saints

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Complete casting for Playwrights Horizons' world premiere of Kate Fodor's 100 Saints You Should Know, starring Lois Smith, has been announced.
Janel Moloney
Janel Moloney

Janel Moloney, Obie Award winner Jeremy Shamos, Zoe Kazan and Will Rogers will join the previously announced two-time Tony Award nominee Smith.

Directed by Ethan McSweeny (Broadway revival of The Best Man), the production will begin previews Aug. 24 at PH's Mainstage Theater on West 42nd Street toward an official opening Sept. 18. Performances continue to Sept. 30.

Moloney (who will make her New York stage debut here) is a two-time Emmy Award nominee from "The West Wing"; Obie Award winner Shamos appeared in Miss Witherspoon at Playwrights Horizons, and in Gutenberg! The Musical!; Kazan was in Off-Broadway's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie recently and will appear in The Things We Want for New Group; and Rogers appeared in Columbinus at New York Theatre Workshop.

In the play, "Theresa (Janel Moloney) cleans the rectory of the local parish to support her unruly teenage daughter (Zoe Kazan). When its priest (Jeremy Shamos) leaves the church under uncertain circumstances and returns home to his protective mother (Lois Smith), Theresa finds herself compelled to pursue him. One eventful night joins them all, forcing a reckoning with the broken memories and shaken faith that divides them — and the discovery of a shared, tenuous common ground."

Fodor penned the play Hannah and Martin. Two-time Tony nominee Lois Smith (Buried Child, The Grapes of Wrath) was embraced for her recent and rapturously acclaimed performance in Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful at Signature Theatre, where she received five awards: an Obie Award, a Lucille Lortel Award, a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award and the Kingsley-Evans Award. She is expected to repeat her Foote work in spring 2008 at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

100 Saints features scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Mimi O'Donnell, lighting design by Jane Cox and sound design by Scott O'Brien. Production stage manager will be Miki McCoy.

Kate Fodor is a recipient of the Kennedy Center's Roger L. Stevens Award, a Joseph Jefferson Citation, an After Dark Award, and a finalist position for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Her play Hannah and Martin was produced Off-Broadway by Epic Theatre Center and had productions in cities around the U.S. and abroad. Other work has been developed at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Hartford Stage and Chautauqua Theater Company.

The performance schedule for 100 Saints will be Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2:30 & 8 PM and Sundays at 2:30 & 7:30 PM.

Tickets are $65 and will go on sale to the general public starting July 25. Tickets may be purchased online via TicketCentral.com, by phone at (212) 279-4200 (noon-8 PM daily), or in person at the Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth and Tenth Avenues).

A Pay What You Can night will be Aug. 24 (the first preview). Play What You Can tickets are offered through a lottery system.

For more information about the resident theatre devoted to playwrights and new work, visit www.playwrightshorizons.org.

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