THE LEADING MEN: Jefferson Mays Wears Many Hats (and Boots and Bustles and Coats) in the New Musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
By Evan Henerson
12 Mar 2013
Mays as Asquith "Assie" D'Ysquith Jr.
Photo by Henry DiRocco
Asquith "Assie" D'Ysquith Jr. — Young Dandy Mays: "He's a sort of a gap-toothed rogue with a pencil-thin mustache painted on his lip and a bowler hat that he wears at a rakish angle. I try to embody him with some horrible characteristic of the British upper class society of that time. He's a predator of the under class, a snob and a dandy with a rattan cane that he flourishes."
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.