Gordon Edelstein directed the Richard Nelson play, which began previews at the Off-Broadway venue June 26 and officially opened July 24.
In Some Americans Abroad, press notes state, "a group of partying American college students and their idealistic professors embark on a literary tour of England. With a crammed itinerary and barely enough time to digest the sites, the students' behavior devolves from appreciative to appalling while the professors confront the emptiness beyond their idealism in this comedy about what it means to make choices and stick with them."
Tom Cavanagh ( Urinetown, "Ed"), Enid Graham ( The Constant Wife, Dinner at Eight), Anthony Rapp ( Rent; You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown) and Corey Stoll ( Old Acquaintance, Intimate Apparel) are the professorial chaperones for the traveling students, who include Fiona Dourif ("Deadwood," "Thief") and Cristin Milioti ( Coram Boy, The Lieutenant of Inishmore).
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Also featured are Emily Bergl ( A Touch of the Poet, "Men in Trees"), John Cunningham ( Six Degrees of Separation, 1776), Halley Feiffer ( subUrbia, "Margot at the Wedding"), Pamela Payton-Wright ( The Show-Off, The Crucible) and Todd Weeks ( The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Summer and Smoke). The design team included Michael Yeargan (scenic), Jennifer von Mayrhauser (costume), Donald Holder (lighting) and John Gromada (original music/sound). Nelson's plays include Two Shakespearean Actors, New England, Goodnight Children Everywhere, Madame Melville, Frank's Home, Franny's Way, The General from America, Life Sentences and Jungle Coup. He also penned the books for the musicals My Life with Albertine and Broadway's Chess and James Joyce's The Dead — earning a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for the latter.
Edelstein, the artistic director of the Long Wharf Theatre, recently directed the 1991 revival of The Homecoming. Other credits include Mourning Becomes Electra, the American premiere of Martin McDonagh's A Skull in Connemara and The Day the Bronx Died, among others.
Tickets to Some Americans Abroad at Second Stage Theatre, 307 West 43rd Street (off 8th Avenue), are available by calling (212) 246-4422 or (800) 766-6048 or online at 2ST.com.