Elliott and Mandvi to Star in Off-Broadway's Einstein's Gift; Complete Cast Announced | Playbill

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News Elliott and Mandvi to Star in Off-Broadway's Einstein's Gift; Complete Cast Announced Casting has been completed for the American premiere of Einstein's Gift, a new play by Vern Thiessen that will begin previews at the Acorn Theatre Oct. 1.

Produced by Epic Theatre Center and directed by Ron Russell, the cast will feature Shawn Elliott as Albert Einstein and Aasif Mandvi as Dr. Fitz Haber, the award-winning German chemist. The cast also includes James Wallert, Melissa Friedman, Sarah Winkler, Glenn Flesher, Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr. and Nilaja Sun. Einstein's Gift, which officially opens Oct. 6, will play a limited engagement through Nov. 6. The play, according to production notes, "centers on the relationship between Albert Einstein and Friedrich Haber, two world famous scientists who shared little in common, but each witnessed their great discoveries used for massive destruction."

Shawn Elliott's Broadway credits include Marie Christine and City of Angels, and he played Judge Joe Rivera on TV's "Law & Order." Aasif Mandvi is currently appearing in On the Razzle at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and his New York theatre credits include Guantanamo and Homebody/Kabul. Among his film credits are "Spider Man 2," "Analyze This," "The Siege" and "Die Hard 3."

Einstein's Gift will play Tuesdays-Saturdays at 8 PM with matinees on Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. For tickets, call (212) 279-4200 or visit www.ticketcentral.com. The Acorn Theatre is located in Manhattan at 410 West 42nd Street.

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