Thomas Keegan and Rachel Zampelli Populate Dying City at VA's Signature
11 Sep 2012
Signature Theatre's staging of Christopher Shinn's Dying City, Oct. 2-Nov. 25 in Arlington, VA, will feature Thomas Keegan and Helen Hayes Award nominee Rachel Zampelli under the direction of Matthew Gardiner. This is the drama's DC-area premiere.
"One year after his identical twin brother Craig's suspicious death in Iraq, Peter shows up unannounced at his sister-in-law Kelly's apartment," according to Signature notes. "Having not spoken since the funeral, Peter and Kelly face off in a passive-aggressive battle rooted in half-truths and betrayal. Their emotionally brutal exchanges paint a stirring portrait of grief among flashbacks of Craig's final night at home before deployment."
The creative team includes Daniel Conway (scenic design), Frank Labovitz (costume design), Colin K. Bills (lighting design) and Matt Rowe (sound design).
Performances play Signature's intimate ARK space in its headquarters in the Shirlington Village area of Arlington.
Shinn (Picked, Four, Other People, What Didn't Happen, Where Do We Live) won the Obie Award for Playwriting in 2005 and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2008.
Keegan appeared in Folger Theatre's Taming of the Shrew and Othello and Kennedy Center's Shear Madness. Zampelli appeared in Signature's Brother Russia, Chess, See What I Wanna See, Holiday Mayhem, LaChiusa's Ladies, December Divas II, Anyone Can Whistle in concert, The Happy and Saving Aimee. She earned a Hayes nomination as Supporting Actress for POP!
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.