Sheryl Kaller (Mothers and Sons, Next Fall, Adrift in Macao) will direct the premiere of Pittsburgh native Porter's new play, which centers on "a young man's coming of age in Pittsburgh amongst a bevy of fascinating and strong-willed women." It will run Sept. 23-Oct. 31. An official opening is set for Oct. 12 at New 42nd Street.
In addition to White (The Life, Fela!) and Merkerson (Come Back, Little Sheba; "Law & Order") the cast will include Elain Graham (The Picture Box, "Smash"), Susan Heyward (The Trip to Bountiful, Ruined), Kevyn Morrow (The Scarlet Pimpernel, Dreamgirls), Sharon Washington (The Scottsboro Boys, Wild With Happy) and Larry Powell (Broke-ology, Dutchman).
The production will have scenic design by Adam Koch, costume design by ESosa, lighting design by Kevin Adams, sound design by Leon Rothernberg and casting by Stephanie Klapper Casting.
Primary Stages has also announced casting for Theresa Rebeck's Poor Behavior, directed by Evan Cabnet (The Model Apartment, A Kid Like Jake), which runs July 29-Sept. 7. It officially opens Aug. 17.
The play, which is billed as "a devilish argument about infidelity and America … about two couples spending a not-so-idyllic weekend in the country," will include Heidi Armbruster (Disgraced, Time Stands Still), Brian Avers (The Explorers Club, The Lieutenant of Inishmore), Jeff Biehl (Machinal, Master Builder) and Katie Kressler (Nikolai and the Others, The House of Blue Leaves).
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.