Huntington artistic director Nicholas Martin directs the Coward comedy that closes out the Massachusetts company's 25th anniversary season. With an opening night slated for May 23, the limited engagement will play through June 17.
Garber portrays the "self-absorbed aging matinee idol Garry Essendine whose agents, managers, house staff, and paramours create a dysfunctional surrogate family," according to show materials.
Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me's Tony Award-nominated star Ashmanskas appears as Roland Maule with Lisa Banes (Arcadia), Nancy Carroll (Huntington's The Rose Tattoo), Alice Duffy (Huntington's Les Liaisons Dangereuses), Holley Fain (Frank's Home), Pamela Gray (Huntington's Butley), Sarah Hudnut (Huntington's The Cherry Orchard), James Joseph O'Neil (Huntington's A Month in the Country), Richard Snee (Huntington's The Sister's Rosensweig) and Marc Vietor (Mr. Marmalade).
The design team includes Alexander Dodge (scenic), Mariann Verheyen (costume), Rui Rita (lighting) and Drew Levy (sound).
The Coward work replaced David Rabe's Streamers, which was rescheduled due to director Scott Ellis' duties on the Broadway musical Curtains. The Rabe drama will now land at the Huntington for a Nov 9-Dec. 9 run as part of the upcoming season.
Tickets to Present Laughter at the Huntington's B. U. Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave. in Boston, MA, are available by phone at (617) 266-0800 or online at www.huntingtontheatre.org.