Bebe Neuwirth, Christina Ricci, Anthony Heald Are Into the Woods in Shakespeare's Midsummer, Opening April 29

By Kenneth Jones
April 29, 2012

Tony Award nominee Anthony Heald, performance artist and songwriter Taylor Mac, Tony winner Bebe Neuwith and Christina Ricci wander into the woods outside Athens in Classic Stage Company's new Off-Broadway production of the fantasy-comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream, opening April 29 following previews from April 4.



Director Tony Speciale's cast includes two-time Tony winner Neuwirth (Hippolyta/Titania) and film/television/stage star Ricci (Hermia), plus Jordan Dean (Demetrius), Nick Gehlfuss (Lysander), playwright-actor David Greenspan (Flute/Fairy), Halley Wegryn Gross (Helena), Heald (Theseus/Oberon), Erin Hill (Starveling/Fairy), Chad Lindsey (Snout/Fairy), Mac (Egeus/Puck), James Patrick Nelson (Snug/Fairy), Steven Skybell (Bottom) and Rob Yang (Quince/Fairy).

CSC's home is at 136 E. 13th Street in Manhattan. This limited run plays to May 20. Speciale staged Unnatural Acts for CSC; that staging earned three 2012 Drama Desk Award nominations, including one for direction.

Heald is a two-time Tony Award nominee (Love! Valour! Compassion! and Lincoln Center's Anything Goes) and a three-time Obie Award winner. Also know for TV's "Boston Public" and "The Practice," he returns to the New York stage for the first time in 16 years since moving to Oregon and being a member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival acting company.

Mac is the acclaimed performer, playwright and singer-songwriter whose plays include The Walk Across America For Mother Earth and The Lily's Revenge.

Film star Ricci ("The Addams Family") made her Broadway debut in Time Stands Still. Read the new Playbill magazine feature about Ricci's stage life — and her stage fright.

Neuwirth is a two-time Tony Award winner for her work in Sweet Charity and Chicago. Read more about Neuwirth's stage career in the Playbill Vault.

The production team includes Mark Wendland (scenic design) and Andrea Lauer (costume design), with original music and sound design by Christian Frederickson and Ryan Rumery.

For tickets and information, visit www.classicstage.org or call (866) 811-4111, or (212) 352-3101, or visit the CSC box office Monday through Friday noon to 6 PM.