Cast Announced for Athol Fugard's The Train Driver; NYC Signature Tickets On Sale
By Kenneth Jones
The New York City premiere of The Train Driver, written and directed by Athol Fugard, will feature Leon Addison Brown as Simon and Ritchie Coster as Roelf at Signature Theatre Company's Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre. Performances begin Aug. 14 toward a Sept. 9 opening.
The play — about a train driver, Roelf, searching for the identities of a mother and child he unintentionally killed with his train — is the final production in Signature's Residency One: Athol Fugard Series. Blood Knot and My Children! My Africa! preceded it.
According to Signature, "After a fruitless journey through shanty towns, [Roelf] encounters an old gravedigger named Simon who helps the desperate man unburden his conscience. Based on a true story, The Train Driver is a soulful exploration of guilt, suffering and the powerful bonds that grow between strangers."
Brown was seen in Off-Broadway's The Orphans' Home Cycle and Two Trains Running. Ritchie Coster appeared in TV's "Luck" and New Group's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
Tickets are now on sale. All tickets for the initial run of the production are $25 as part of the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access.
Performances continue to Sept. 23. The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre is at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues).
The design team for The Train Driver includes Christopher H. Barreca (scenic design), Susan Hilferty (costume design), Stephen Strawbridge (lighting design), Brett Jarvis (sound design), Doug Wieselman (original music) and Barbara Rubin (dialect coach). Linda Marvel is production stage manager.
To purchase tickets, call the Signature Theatre Box Office (212) 244-7529 or visit signaturetheatre.org.
Subscriptions are currently on sale for the 2012-13 season, which will include plays by David Henry Hwang, Bill Irwin and David Shiner, Sam Shepard, Regina Taylor, August Wilson and Lanford Wilson.
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