Tina Benko, Michael Esper, Michael Goldsmith and Lucas Hall Will Join Nina Arianda and Kathleen Chalfant in Tales from Red Vienna

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22 Jan 2014

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Tina Benko, Michael Esper, Michael Goldsmith and Lucas Hall have been cast in the world-premiere Manhattan Theatre Club production of Tales from Red Vienna at New York City Center – Stage I.

They join the previously announced Tony winner Nina Arianda and Tony nominee Kathleen Chalfant in David Grimm's play, which explores the effects of war on women.

Directed by Kate Whoriskey, the production begins previews Feb. 26, prior to an official opening March 18. Performances will continue through April 27.

"Heléna (Arianda) lost her husband in World War I, and with him, her financial security," press notes state. "Struggling to maintain her way of life, she becomes part of an illicit underworld. Heléna manages to separate her secret life from her public persona — that is until she crosses paths with a man who has the power to expose and ruin her."

Benko's stage credits include Jackie and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Esper has performed in The Lyons and American Idiot, and Hall's stage credits include Beyond the Horizon and Othello. Goldsmith has performed in Clybourne Park and Six Degrees of Separation.

Chalfant has performed in the Off-Broadway production of Wit as well as the Broadway productions of M. Butterfly, Angels in America and Racing Demon. Her screen credits include "The Laramie Project" and "House of Cards."

Arianda made her Broadway debut in Born Yesterday, followed by her Tony Award-winning turn in Venus in Fur. Her film credits include "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" and "Midnight in Paris," and her TV work includes "30 Rock" and "The Good Wife."

The creative team for Tales From Red Vienna includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Anita Yavich (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (sound design) and Thomas Schall (fight direction).

For more information, visit ManhattanTheatreClub.com.