Additional casting will be announced for the production, to play May 8-June 2 on the Claire Tow Stage in the C. Newton Schenck III Theatre in New Haven, CT.
Ripley won the 2009 Tony Award as Best Actress in a Musical for her role in Next to Normal. She also received a Tony nomination for her role in the musical Side Show.
Here's how Long Wharf bills the play, which won the 2012 Tony Award as Best Play: "In 1959, we meet a nervous group of neighbors trying to talk their friends out of selling their home to a black family. Sixty years later, hilarious sparks fly as a white family attempts to move into the now predominantly African-American neighborhood. Racism rears its head through an ostensibly polite veneer. This provocative and funny Pulitzer Prize-winning play delves into America's complicated relationship with race with sharp humor and deep perception."
Ripley will play a mother and wife trying to keep her family's emotional balance in check in Act One. She's a digressive real estate agent in Act Two.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.