"Black Donnellys" Star Wilde Joins Cast of Off-Broadway's Beauty On the Vine

News   "Black Donnellys" Star Wilde Joins Cast of Off-Broadway's Beauty On the Vine
Olivia Wilde, who plays Irish-American widow Jenny on the new NBC drama "The Black Donnellys," has joined the cast of the Epic Theatre Center's production of Beauty On the Vine.

Zak Berkman's drama, directed by David Schweizer, is scheduled to begin performances April 23 at the Clurman Theatre on Theatre Row with an official opening May 2. The limited engagement will run through June 3.

Wilde joins a cast that includes the previously announced Helen Piper Coxe, Barbara Garrick, Howard Overshown, Jessica Richardson and Victor Slezak.

The design team comprises Narelle Sissons (scenic design), Justin Townsend (lighting design), Ryan Rumery (sound design) and Gabrielle Berry (costume design).

"From mixed-race identities to extreme plastic surgery," read Beauty On the Vine press notes, "[the show] is a romantic fable about the power of the human face in Lindsay Lohan America. When a young female star of right-wing radio is brutally murdered, her husband and father investigate the reasons behind the violence. They discover a world where young women transform themselves to look like their idols and mothers lose their daughters to the illusion of popularity and power."

In addition to "The Black Donnellys," Olivia Wilde has been seen on screen in "Skin," "The O.C." and "Alpha Dog." She recently filmed "The Death and Life of Bobby Z" and "Conversations with Other Women." Wilde won a Best Actress Award at the Aspen Film Festival for her role in the independent feature "Bickford Schmeckler’s Cool Ideas." The Clurman Theatre is located on Theatre Row at 410 West 42nd Street. Tickets, priced at $40, are available by calling (212) 279-4200 or by visiting www.ticketcentral.


Epic Theatre Center is a "not for profit, artist-run company producing a wide range of in-depth education programs, Off Broadway productions, new play workshops, and community forums throughout New York City." For more information visit www.epictheatrectr.org.

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