Cast Announced for NYC Premiere of Nilo Cruz's Beauty of the Father

News   Cast Announced for NYC Premiere of Nilo Cruz's Beauty of the Father
Manhattan Theatre Club announced the complete cast of its upcoming New York premiere of Nilo Cruz's Beauty of the Father.
Priscilla Lopez
Priscilla Lopez Photo by Aubrey Reuben

On MTC's City Center Stage II, Michael Greif (Rent, Mr. Marmalade) will direct Ritchie Coster (Emiliano), Oscar Isaac (Federico Garcia Lorca), Priscilla Lopez (Paquita), Pedro Pascal (Karim) and Elizabeth Rodriguez (Marina).

Some of the names, including Tony Award winner Lopez, a veteran of A Chorus Line, had been previously reported.

Previews begin Dec. 15 toward a Jan. 10, 2006, opening.

The creative team features Mark Wendland (set design), Miranda Hoffman (costume design), Jim Ingalls (lighting design), Darron L. West (sound design), Deborah Hecht (dialect coach), Rick Sordelet (fight director).

In the play, "A young woman (Rodriguez) travels to Spain to visit her estranged father (Coster) and quickly becomes immersed in his vibrant, artistic world. But will a charming young Moroccan suitor (Pascal) stand in the way of their reconciliation?" Cruz received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his Broadway debut Anna in the Tropics. His other works include Lorca in a Green Dress, Night Train to Bolina, A Bicycle Country, Dancing on Her Knees, A Park in Our House, Two Sisters and a Piano and Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams. Cruz is one of this country's most produced Cuban-American writers; his work has been developed and performed at McCarter Theatre Center, NYSF/Public Theater, NY Theatre Workshop, New Theatre (Coral Gables), South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Florida Stage, the Alliance (Atlanta), the Studio Theatre (Washington D.C.), Magic Theatre (San Francisco), Victory Gardens (Chicago), Coconut Grove Playhouse (Miami), the Children's Theatre of Minneapolis, Lee Strasberg Theatre (L.A.) and Salt Lake Acting Company.

Beauty of the Father received its world premiere at Miami's New Theatre and had a subsequent production at Seattle's New Theatre.

Lopez previously appeared on Broadway in Nilo Cruz's Anna in the Tropics. She appeared Off-Broadway in Class Mothers '68, a six-character, one-woman play, receiving a Drama Desk nomination. In A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine on Broadway, she won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress for her performance as Harpo Marx. She received a Tony nomination and an Obie Award as Diana Morales in A Chorus Line, where she introduced the song "What I Did for Love."

The performance schedule for Beauty of the Father Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30 PM, with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM.

Tickets are $48 and can be reserved by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212. Group and student rates are available. For group ticket information, call (212) 399-3000 ext. 134. Student tickets are $25 and are on sale for all performances based on availability on the day of the performance, up to one hour before showtime. Call (212) 581-1212 for further information.

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