The repertory engagement introduces the world premiere of Nelson's Regular Singing, the final installment in the series. That play opened on the night in which it is set, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The three preceding plays, That Hopey Changey Thing, Sweet and Sad and Sorry, premiered at the Public in recent seasons. Each play is tethered to a moment in American politics.
The engagement concludes Dec. 15. WNET will begin filming the week of Dec. 16, and audiences will have the chance to attend one of the tapings. They will be directed for television by David Horn and produced by Mitch Owgang. Visit PublicTheater.org for more information on attending.
The dramas are not expected to be presented as part of PBS' "Great Performances" series.
Playwright Nelson also directs the plays, which star several original cast members from the Public Theater premieres, who return for the repertory engagement. They include Tony Award winner Maryann Plunkett (Me and My Girl, A Man for All Seasons), as well as Jon DeVries (August: Osage County), Laila Robins (Heartbreak House) and Jay O. Sanders (A Midsummer Night's Dream). Newly added to the cast are Stephen Kunken (Enron, High) and Sally Murphy (Carousel, Fiddler on the Roof).
Nelson is the Tony Award-winning playwright/adaptor of James Joyce's The Dead. His works also include Two Shakespearean Actors, Farewell to the Theatre, Conversations in Tusculum, as well as Nikolai and the Others. He wrote the book and lyrics and directed the musical My Life with Albertine and also penned the book for the musical Chess.