Brian Hutchison, Alexis Bledel, Lucas Caleb Rooney Join MTC World Premiere of Regrets
By Kenneth Jones
The complete company of the world-premiere production of Matt Charman's Regrets has been revealed by Manhattan Theatre Club. Carolyn Cantor directs the production at MTC's Off-Broadway home at City Center Stage I.
The limited engagement March 8-April 29 will feature Alexis Bledel ("Gilmore Girls," "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"), Curt Bouril ("Boardwalk Empire"), Ansel Elgort (Off-Broadway debut), Brian Hutchison (MTC's From Up Here, Broadway's Looped), Tony Award winner Adriane Lenox (MTC's Doubt), Lucas Caleb Rooney (Orphan's Home Cycle) and Richard Topol (The Normal Heart).
Opening night is March 27.
In the play by young British playwright Charman, who is making his New York City debut, "Caleb Farley (Ansel Elgort) is the youngest man ever to show up at Mrs. Duke's cabins (Tony Award winner Adriane Lenox), a ramshackle retreat in the Nevada desert and one of the few places men can go to secure a quick divorce in 1950s America," according to MTC notes. "Caleb claims he fled his Hollywood home for the same reason as the other men in camp — to shed the lives and wives they've known, and loved, to begin anew. But in an era of heightened fears and political distrust, accusations that Caleb is hiding more than just a broken heart test each man's loyalty — to country and to one another. This fascinating new drama is an uncommon tale of friendship, loss and finding the courage of one’s convictions."
The creative team for Regrets includes Rachel Hauck (scenic design), Ilona Somogyi (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), Jill BC Du Boff (sound design) and Thomas Schall (fight direction).
Charman's first play, A Night at the Dogs (at Soho Theatre, London), won the Verity Bargate Award for new writers. Other productions include The Observer, directed by Sir Richard Eyre, and The Five Wives of Maurice Pinder, which both premiered at the National Theatre of Great Britain. Charman was previously Pearson Writer in Residence at the National Theatre and is a recipient of the Peggy Ramsay Award. The Observer won the 2008 Catherine Johnson Award for Best Play. Charman is currently writing two screenplays for Universal/Working Title Film as well as an original drama series for the BBC.
Cantor's directorial credits include The Talls (Second Stage), After the Revolution (Playwrights Horizons), Pumpgirl (Manhattan Theatre Club), In A Dark Dark House (MCC Theater), Something You Did (Primary Stages), and Essential Self Defense (Playwrights Horizons), among others.
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