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

Initial casting has been announced for Lincoln Center Theater's upcoming production of Anthony Giardina's The City of Conversation, which will begin 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 will feature John Aylward, Kristen Bush, Beth Dixon, Barbara Garrick, Jan Maxwell, Luke Niehaus, Kevin O’Rourke and Michael Simpson. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

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 will have 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 will be Tuesday-Saturday at 8 PM with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.

Ticket information will be announced shortly.