The Jacksonian, With Ed Harris, Amy Madigan and Bill Pullman, Begins Off-Broadway Oct. 25
By Adam Hetrick
The New Group opens its 2013-14 season with the New York premiere of Beth Henley's The Jacksonian — starring Ed Harris, Amy Madigan and Bill Pullman — which begins previews Oct. 25 Off-Broadway.
Directed by Tony Award winner Robert Falls (Death of a Salesman, Long Day's Journey Into Night), The Jacksonian will officially open Nov. 7 for a limited run that was recently extended through Dec. 22 at the Acorn Theatre.
The complete cast includes Harris, Pullman and Madigan as well as Glenne Headly and Juliet Brett.
The play received its premiere in February 2012 at the Geffen Playhouse. Harris, Headly, Madigan and Pullman were part of the original cast.
Here's how it's billed: "Jackson, Mississippi, 1964. When his wife kicks him out, respectable dentist Bill Perch (Ed Harris) moves into the seedy Jacksonian Motel. There, his downward spiral is punctuated by encounters with his teenage daughter (Juliet Brett), a gold-digging motel employee (Glenne Headly), a treacherous bartender (Bill Pullman), and his now-estranged wife (Amy Madigan). Revolving around the night of a murder, The Jacksonian, brimming with suspense and dark humor, unearths the eerie tensions and madness in a town poisoned by racism."
The production has set design by Walt Spangler, costume design by Ana Kuzmanic, lighting design by Daniel Ionazzi and original music and sound design by Richard Woodbury.
Henley is the playwright of Crimes of the Heart, The Wake of Jamey Foster, The Miss Firecracker Contest, Am I Blue, The Lucky Spot, The Debutante Ball, Abundance, Impossible Marriage, Family Week and Ridiculous Fraud.
Tickets and more information can be obtained by visiting thenewgroup.org.
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