Tony and Academy Award winner Joel Grey, who made his stage debut at the age of nine in a 1941 production of Paul Osborn's On Borrowed Time at the Cleveland Playhouse, will direct that rarely-seen classic for New Jersey's Two River Theater.
Performances begin Sept. 14 towards a Sept. 20 opening night. On Borrowed Time will run through Oct. 13. Osborn is also the playwright of Morning's at Seven. Grey is a Tony and Academy Award winner for Cabaret. He also co-directed the Tony-winning revival of The Normal Heart.
The play is billed as a "magical fantasy about the love between a little boy nicknamed Pud and his Gramps. When Death himself pays them a visit in the form of a man named Mr. Brink, Gramps outwits him—trapping Brink in a tree and refusing to let him down."
The cast will feature Oakes Fegley (Pud), Robert Hogan (Gramps), Tom Nelis (Mr. Brink), Alex Garfin (Boy), Brian Gildea (Workman), Brian Michael Hoffman (Mr. Grimes), Betsy Hogg (Marcia Giles), Patrick Husted (Mr. Pilbeam), Diane Kagan (Granny), Angela Reed (Demetria Riffle), Steven Skybell (Dr. Evans), Lorenzo Villanueva (Workman), John Thomas Waite (Sherriff) and Snickers (Betty).
"On Borrowed Time is a too-rarely-seen American classic that is ripe for rediscovery," Two Rivers artistic director John Dias said in a statement. "Three years ago, when I became Two River's artistic director, one of the first calls I made was to Joel Grey; we first worked together 25 years ago and I knew I wanted him to work in some capacity at this theatre. When he suggested On Borrowed Time—a play that has meant a lot to him in his own history—I was struck by how relevant, beautiful, and moving it is. This year, as we celebrate Two River’s 20-year history of developing and producing great American theatre, it feels especially right to present this masterpiece on its 75th anniversary."
The creative team includes scenic designer Michael Carnahan, costume designer Ann Hould-Ward, lighting designer Jennifer Tipton, sound designer/composers Nathan A. Roberts & Charles Coes, wig and makeup designer Tom Watson and fight director J. Steven White.
The Two River Theater Company is located in Red Bank, NJ. For tickets visit tworivertheater.org.
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