Rita Gardner Will Star in St. Louis Staging of 4000 Miles
04 Jan 2013
Original Fantasticks star Rita Gardner will head the cast of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis production of Amy Herzog's poignant drama 4000 Miles, about a broken young man and the new relationship he forges with his grandmother, which will begin performances Jan. 16.
Jane Page will stage the Rep production that runs through Feb. 3.
Veteran actress Gardner (A Family Affair, Pal Joey, The Wedding Singer) will portray Vera, with Dan McCabe as her grandson Leo. The cast also includes Lisa Helmi Johanson as Amanda and Katie McClellan as Bec.
Here's how it's billed: "Leo biked for a month from Seattle to New York, but it's a small Greenwich Village apartment where his real journey begins. Reeling from a tragedy, the rudderless twenty-something arrives at the doorstep of his 91 year-old grandmother Vera, an old lefty navigating the rough waters of aging. Together, these two outsiders find their way in one of this year's most touching new plays."
The production will have set design by Robert Mark Morgan, costume design by Jason Orlenko, lighting design by John Wylie and sound design by Rusty Wandall.
For tickets phone (314) 968-4925 or visit The Rep's online box office at RepStl.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.