Mary Testa and Elizabeth A. Davis to Join Christopher Lloyd for CSC's Caucasian Chalk Circle
By Adam Hetrick
Tony Award nominees Mary Testa and Elizabeth A. Davis have joined the Classic Stage Company production of Bertolt Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle, starring Christopher Lloyd, which will begin previews May 3 Off-Broadway.
Testa (42nd Street, Queen of the Mist) will portray the Governor's Wife, with Davis (Once) as Grusha, Jason Babinsky (Ghost, Billy Elliot) as Yusek, Alex Hurt (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) as Simon, Tom Riis Farrell (Coram Boy, Dirty Blonde) as The Corporal/Shuva/Fat Prince and Deb Radloff (Dance Dance Revolution) as Farmer's Wife/Aniko. The previously announced Lloyd stars as Azdak.
Directed by CSC artistic director Brian Kulick, the production will have music by Tony Award winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening). The play's translation is by James and Tania Stern, with lyrics by W.H. Auden. The 1948 drama, featuring a play-within-a-play touching on ideas of stewardship of the land, family, parenting and community, officially opens May 30 for a run through June 9.
The Caucasian Chalk Circle has scenic design by Tony Straiges, costume design by Anita Yavich, lighting design by Justin Townsend and sound design by Matt Kraus.
Lloyd's roots are in the theatre. He has appeared in more than 200 plays, including New York, regional and summer stock productions. For his title role in Kaspar he won an Obie and Drama Desk Award. Lloyd starred in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Morning's at Seven, directed by Daniel Sullivan; Twelfth Night for New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park; Center Stage's Waiting for Godot; and as Dalton Trumbo in the New York production of Trumbo. In 1975, he began his film career in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." This was soon followed by a two-year run as Jim Ignatowski on the TV comedy "Taxi," for which Lloyd won two of his three Emmys. In 1992, he won the Emmy as Best Dramatic Actor for Disney's "Road to Avonlea." (He was the first actor to win for a guest appearance in a category that featured series regulars; the following year, the rules were changed to include a Guest Appearance category). His film and TV credits (more than 90) include the "Back to the Future" trilogy, "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead," "Eight Men Out," "Addams Family" and "Addams Family Values," BBC's "Dead Ahead: Exxon Valdez Disaster," "Dennis the Menace," "Clue," "Star Trek III," "Goin' South," "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," "My Favorite Martian" and the HBO adaptation of "Wit."
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