William Inge Revivals, With Emily Skinner and John Cariani, Begin Off-Broadway

Off-Broadway News   William Inge Revivals, With Emily Skinner and John Cariani, Begin Off-Broadway
 
The Transport Group’s productions of Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba begin February 23 at the Gym at Judson.
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Performances begin February 23 at the Gym at Judson for the Transport Group’s revival of Picnic, starring Emily Skinner and John Cariani. The staging is part of Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba: William Inge in Repertory, directed by artistic director Jack Cummings III, with Little Sheba beginning performances February 24.

Both plays are running in repertory, with six actors of the 14-member ensemble performing in both productions, through April 16.

The cast also includes Hannah Elless (Bright Star); Obie winner David Greenspan (The Patsy); Joseph Kolinski (Follies); Ginna Le Vine; Heather Mac Rae (I Remember Mama); David T. Patterson (Les Liaisons Dangereuses); Tony winner Michele Pawk (Hollywood Arms); Jennifer Piech (Titanic); Krystal Rowley; Jay Russell (Travels with My Aunt); and Rowan Vickers (Nat Turner in Jerusalem).

Scroll through photos of the cast meeting the press below:

In the Pulitzer-prize winning Picnic, Inge explores the concepts of sex as currency, and class as opportunity. Here’s how the Transport Group outlines the play: “When a gorgeous drifter arrives in a small Kansas town, no one is prepared. He brings with him the possibilities and promises—some true, some false— of a life with real options. His instant and incendiary chemistry with a local 18-year old unexpectedly destroys the illusions of comfort harbored by everyone in this heartland’s physically expansive and emotionally suffocating landscape.”

In Come Back, Little Sheba, a Midwestern middle-aged couple’s lives are interrupted by a young boarder name Marie. “Their fragile acceptance of their own stifling reality is suddenly and brutally tested,” read production notes, “as Inge mercilessly exposes the pain and regret of the past that can be unmasked by the mere presence of youth and possibility of the future.”

Scenic design for Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba: William Inge in Repertory is by Dane Laffrey; costume design is by Asta Hostetter; lighting design is by R. Lee Kennedy; casting is by Nora Brennan Casting. The production features an original score by five-time Tony nominee Michael John LaChiusa.

For tickets and information, including performance schedule and added performances and special curtain times, visit transportgroup.org or phone (212) 564-0333.

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