PHOTO CALL: Michael Cristofer and David Wilson Barnes Star in Don't Go Gentle Off Broadway
By Krissie Fullerton
08 Oct 2012
The world premiere of Stephen Belber's Don't Go Gentle, about a retired conservative judge who struggles to maintain order in his personal life, began Off-Broadway Sept. 27 at MCC Theater's downtown home, the Lucille Lortel Theatre.
The cast features Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright-actor Michael Cristofer ("Smash," The Shadow Box, A View from the Bridge), David Wilson Barnes (The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Becky Shaw), Maxx Brawer, Angela Lewis (Rapture, Blister, Burn) and Jennifer Mudge (The Philanthropist)
According to MCC, Don't Go Gentle "follows Judge Lawrence Driver: conservative powerhouse on the bench, failure at home. Now retired, widowed, and seeking redemption, Lawrence volunteers to do pro bono legal work with Tanya, a vulnerable ex-con with a troubled teenage son, while working to repair the increasingly complicated relationships with his own adult children. But do-overs don’t come easy, and when his newfound generosity is perceived as condescension, Lawrence runs the risk of losing everything."
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.