Tony Nominee Sam Buntrock Will Direct McCarter Theatre Center's Travesties; Casting Announced

By Andrew Gans
February 14, 2012

Sam Buntrock, who gained notoriety for the acclaimed revival of Sunday in the Park with George, for which he received Tony, Olivier and Drama Desk Award nominations for Best Director, will direct the McCarter Theatre Center's upcoming production of Tom Stoppard's Tony-winning Travesties.



The production will run March 13-April 1 with an official opening on March 16. 

Travesties is set during the First World War when, press notes state, "James Joyce, Lenin, and the Dadaist Tristan Tzara were all for various reasons, residents of Zurich, Switzerland. Stoppard imagines them coming together to stage an amateur production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Years later, the play’s narrator, British consulate official Henry Carr, hazily recalls this momentous meeting of the minds. In doing so, he places himself, to hilarious effect, at the center of this convergence of some of the wildest revolutionary minds of the 20th century in this romantic and achingly funny modern masterpiece."

James Urbaniak takes on the role of Henry Carr opposite Christian Coulson as Tristan Tzara, Fred Aresenault as James Joyce and Demonsthenes Chrysan as Lenin. Luisa Strus is also featured in the cast as Nadya with Everett Quinton as Bennett, Sara Topham as Cecily and Susannah Flood as Gwendolyn.

The design team includes David Farley (set and costume design), David Weiner (lighting design), Fitz Patton (sound design), with original music by Grammy and Oscar Award-winning composer David Shire. The production stage manager is Cheryl Mintz.

Performances are Thursday at 7:30 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, Saturday at 3 PM and Sunday at 2 PM.

Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased online at www.mccarter.org, by phone at (609) 258-2787, or in person at 91 University Place, Princeton, NJ.