Private Lives' Paul Gross Stars in World Premiere of John Guare's Are You There, McPhee?, Opening May 11

By Andrew Gans
11 May 2012

Paul Gross
Paul Gross
Photo by Michal Daniel

Canadian actor Paul Gross, seen in the recent Broadway revival of Private Lives, heads the cast of the McCarter Theatre Center's world premiere of John Guare's Are You There, McPhee?, which officially opens May 11 following previews that began May 4.

Directed by Sam Buntrock (a 2008 Tony Award nominee for his direction of Sunday in the Park With George), the production will play the New Jersey theatre through June 3.

The cast also features Gideon Banner, John Behlmann, Jeremy Bobb, Molly Camp, Patrick Carroll, Alicia Goranson, Jenn Lyon, Danny Mastrogiorgio and Lusia Strus.

In this new play, McCarter notes state, a "playwright is inexorably sucked into the tangle of the lives of a pair of abandoned children. An old Nantucket house, the secret of a long-dead children’s book author, a group of amateur actors, a career opportunity, and a mysterious stranger collide in this whirlwind of a play."



The design team includes David Farley (set and costumes), Ken Billington (lighting), Jill BC Du Boff (sound), Justin Ellington (composer) and Lisa Shriver (movement director and puppet consultant). The production stage manager is Cheryl Mintz with Marcy Victoria Reed as assistant stage manager.

Among his many honors, John Guare received the Obie, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and Tony nominations for House of Blue Leaves and Six Degrees of Separation, which also won the Olivier Award for Best Play. He also wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay for Louis Malle's "Atlantic City." Guare won a Tony for his libretto to the musical Two Gentlemen of Verona and was nominated for his libretto to Sweet Smell of Success.

Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased online at www.mccarter.org, by phone at (609) 258-2787, or in person at 91 University Place, Princeton.