Full Cast Announced for American Premiere of Bluebird, With Simon Russell Beale as Cabbie

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11 Jul 2011

Charlotte Parry
Charlotte Parry
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Michael Countryman, Charlotte Parry and John Sharian will join the cast of the U.S. premiere of Simon Stephens' Bluebird for Atlantic Theater Company. They'll share the stage with previously-announced Olivier Award winner and Tony Award nominee Simon Russell Beale, whose London cabbie is at the center of the play.

Performances begin Aug. 9 at New York City's Atlantic Stage 2, ATC's intimate Off-Broadway space on West 16th Street. Director Gaye Taylor Upchurch's cast also includes the already-announced Kate Blumberg, Mary McCann, Tobias Segal and Todd Weeks.

Opening night is Aug. 22, for a limited engagement to Sept. 9.

Here's how ATC bills the play: "Jimmy MacNeill [Beale, late of London's Deathtrap and The Bridge Project] is a London taxi driver who seems to draw personal stories and confessions from his passengers without even trying. Over the course of Simon Stephens' meticulously-observed and deeply compassionate play, the truth of Jimmy's own life and secret burdens unfurls with each new 'fare.' In this acclaimed early play, the first of several he has since had produced at the Royal Court Theatre, Stephens illuminates big questions about how we transcend our own mistakes, and the value and cost of intimacy. He is an unparalleled observer of the small details that unlock joy and pain for the throngs of people anonymously going about their business in the big city."

Countryman recently appeared on Broadway in Mary Stuart and returns to Atlantic following his performances in The New York Idea and the 10x25 play festival. Parry, recent star of Broadway's The Importance of Being Earnest, makes her Atlantic debut. Also making his Atlantic debut is John Sharian, of London's A Lie of the Mind and The Sweetest Swing.



Bluebird's creative team features Rachel Hauck (scenic design), Sarah Holden (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design) and Darron West (sound design).

Bluebird will play Monday-Saturday at 7:30 PM, Saturday at 2:30 PM, with special Wednesday matinees at 2:30 PM on Aug. 31 and Sept. 7.

All non-member tickets are $55 and available by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 (ticketcentral.com) or in person at Atlantic Stage 2's box office, located at 330 West 16th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues.

Visit www.atlantictheater.org.