John Aylward, Kristen Bush, Beth Dixon, Barbara Garrick, Jan Maxwell Star in LCT's City of Conversation, Beginning April 10

The Lincoln Center Theater production of Anthony Giardina's The City of Conversation begins previews April 10 at Off-Broadway's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.

Jan Maxwell
Jan Maxwell (Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN)

Directed by Doug Hughes, the production will officially open May 5.

The cast features John Aylward, Phillip James Brannon, Kristen Bush, Beth Dixon, Barbara Garrick, Jan Maxwell, Luke Niehaus, Kevin O’Rourke and Michael Simpson.

The City of Conversation, according to press notes, "tells the story of political hostess Hester Ferris (to be played by Jan Maxwell), a behind the scenes mover and shaker in the nation’s capital, and of the political gains and personal losses that her choices inflict on her family over a period of 30 years, from the waning days of the Carter administration to the beginning of the Obama presidency."

The production has sets by John Lee Beatty, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Tyler Micoleau and original music and sound by Mark Bennett.

Anthony Giardina is a playwright and novelist. His plays, including Living at Home, An American Family, Scenes from La Vie de Boheme, The Beach, Black Forest and Custody of the Eye, have been produced at Playwrights Horizons and Manhattan Theatre Club in New York and regionally at Arena Stage, Seattle Repertory, Yale Repertory, Long Wharf Theatre and the Cleveland Playhouse.

Show times are Tuesday-Saturday at 8 PM with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.

Tickets, priced from $77 to $87, are available at the Lincoln Center Theater box office, at or by visiting