New Musical In This House Gains Suzzanne Douglas as a Resident
By Kenneth Jones
Suzzanne Douglas has joined the cast of the world-premiere musical In This House by Two River Theatre Company in Red Bank, NJ. Douglas replaces Brenda Pressley as Luisa Arden for the run, now through April 8.
Performances began March 4. Pressley was an original Off-Broadway cast member of Nicky Silver's The Lyons at the Vineyard Theatre and will appear in that play's upcoming Broadway transfer.
Douglas, an award-winning actor, singer and producer, most recently appeared in New York in the world premiere of Kara Lee Corthron's Julius by Design. Her regional credits include three plays by Regina Taylor: Drowning Crow at Goodman Theatre, Crowns at Pasadena Playhouse and Night in Tunisia at George Street Playhouse, where she also played Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill and was the first African-American to perform the role of Dr. Bearing in Wit. On Broadway, she appeared in 3 Penny Opera, Into the Woods and The Tap Dance Kid.
In This House is written by Mike Reid (composer, co-bookwriter), Sarah Schlesinger (lyricist, co-bookwriter) and Jonathan Bernstein (co-bookwriter). The music director is James Sampliner and the director is May Adrales.
The musical tells the story of two couples — one at the beginning, the other at the end of their time together — who meet accidentally and spend an evening together in a deserted house on New Year's Eve.
Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper (Broadway's The Life) plays Henry Arden. Jeff Kready (Broadway’s Billy Elliot and Les Misérables) and Margo Seibert (the world premiere of Orestes: A Tragic Romp at Two River Theater, Mary Zimmerman's production of Candide) play the younger couple, Johnny and Annie.
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