Dreamers, Schemers and Would-Be Lovers Litter Berger's Wooden Breeks, Opening Off-Broadway

News   Dreamers, Schemers and Would-Be Lovers Litter Berger's Wooden Breeks, Opening Off-Broadway
Glen Berger's The Wooden Breeks opens Off-Broadway Feb. 21 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre courtesy of the MCC Theatre.

Trip Cullman (Dog Sees God) directs the work which began previews Feb. 2 towards an opening originally scheduled for Feb. 15. However, the implementation of "artistic changes" delayed the opening. The show will end its limited engagement March 11.

Underneath The Lintel playwright penned The Wooden Breeks which is "set in the fantastical, miserable hamlet of Brood," according to show materials. Berger creates "a marvelously imaginative world peopled by a cast of dreamers, schemers and various sets of would-be lovers" in which a man creates a story for his bastard child while reminiscing of his lost love.

The cast features Louis Cancelmi (Vincent in Brixton), Veanne Cox (Caroline, or Change), Maria Dizzia (Apparition), Jamie Dornan, Ron Cephas Jones (Our Lady of 121st Street), Stephen Mellor (Big River), Ana Reeder (Sight Unseen), Adam Rothenberg (Danny and the Deep Blue Sea) and T. Ryder Smith (Thom Pain: Based on Nothing).

The design team for The Wooden Breeks includes Beowulf Borritt (set), Anita Yavich (costume), Paul Whitaker (lighting) and Fitz Patton (sound).

Director Cullman recently staged the Bert V. Royal comedy Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead and is slated to helm The Play Company's Arabian Night by Roland Schimmelpfenning. Recent credits include Manic Flight Reaction, Swimming in the Shallows, Roulette and Last Sunday in June. He also served as assistant director to Joe Mantello on Take Me Out and Mike Nichols on "Angels in America." MCC began its 20th anniversary mainstage season with Laura Wade's Colder Than Here starring Judith Light, Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson and Brian Murray. Following the Berger work, MCC reunites the Fat Pig team of playwright Neil Labute and director Jo Bonney (On the Mountain, Living Out) on the new play Some Girl(s), May 17-June 24. This staging will mark the fourth LaBute work to see the MCC stage following The Mercy Seat, The Distance From Here and Fat Pig. MCC also produced a one-night benefit evening of LaBute plays, Autobahn.

Tickets to The Wooden Breeks at the Lucille Lortel, 121 Christopher Street, are available by calling (212) 279-4200. For more information, visit MCC at www.mcctheater.com.

The cast of <i>The Wooden Breeks</i>.
The cast of The Wooden Breeks. Photo by Carol Rosegg
Today’s Most Popular News: