Kennedy-Inspired Ride the Tiger, Starring Douglas Sills and Paul Anthony Stewart, Premieres March 27

By Adam Hetrick
March 27, 2013

Tony Award nominee Douglas Sills, Paul Anthony Stewart and Christina Bennett Lind star in the Long Wharf Theatre world-premiere production of William Mastrosimone's new political drama Ride the Tiger, which begins performances March 27 in New Haven, CT.



Long Wharf artistic director Gordon Edelstein stages the production that officially opens April 3 for a run through April 21. Mastrosimone is also the playwright of Extremities, The Woolgatherer and Sunshine

According to Mastrosimone, Ride the Tiger is based on an interview he conducted with late singer Frank Sinatra during research for the miniseries "Sinatra."

"At one point in our history, the president of the United States was having an affair with a woman who was having an affair with the head of the Chicago Mafia," Mastrosimone said in a statement. "Any playwright who heard that idea would say that they are writing that play."

Sills (The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Addams Family) portrays presidential candidate Jack, with Stewart ("Guiding Light," The People in the Picture) as crooner Frank and Lind ("All My Children") as Judy. The cast also features John Cunningham (Cabaret, Zorba) and Jordan Lage (Race, Speed-the-Plow).

Here's how it's billed: "What happens when Jack, a charismatic young senator from Massachusetts, a Chicago mob boss, and Frank, a crooning movie star, all get involved with the same woman? A presidency. During the 1960 presidential campaign Jack becomes smitten with Judy, a ravishing young woman with connections. As Judy goes back and forth between these powerful men, political intrigue mounts as forces move behind the scenes to claim the highest office in the land."

The production team includes Eugene Lee (set design), Jess Goldstein (costume design), Tyler Micoleau (lighting design), Ryan Rumery (sound design) and Sven Ortel (projections design).

For tickets visit LongWharf.org. The Long Wharf Theatre is located at 222 Sargent Drive in New Haven, CT.