Espinoza Joins Scarcity Cast; Eisenberg Exits for Film

News   Espinoza Joins Scarcity Cast; Eisenberg Exits for Film
Brandon Espinoza joins the cast of the world premiere production of Lucy Thurber's play Scarcity, at Atlantic Theater Company's Manhattan home, Oct. 2.

Espinoza assumes the role of Billy from Jesse Eisenberg ("The Hunting Party," "The Squid and the Whale"), who departs to shoot director Greg Mottola's upcoming feature film "Adventureland."

Scarcity, directed by Jackson Gay, began previews Aug. 29, opened Sept. 20, and has been extended through Oct. 21, Off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company at The Linda Gross Theater, 336 W. 20th Street.

The original limited engagement was scheduled through Oct. 14.

Brandon Espinoza has appeared in the Broadway productions of Gypsy, Big, Les Misérables and The Will Rogers Follies. His Off-Broadway credits include roles in Not Waving at New York Summer Play Festival, Tea and Sympathy at Keen Company and Captains Courageous at Manhattan Theatre Club.

Scarcity also stars Atlantic Company members Emmy Award winner Kristen Johnston, Maggie Kiley and Todd Weeks; and Meredith Brandt, Miriam Shor and Michael T. Weiss. "Set in rural western Massachusetts, Scarcity tells the tale of two siblings whose aspirations to escape the confines of poverty and small town life come into direct conflict with their sense of family responsibility," according to Atlantic. "When 16-year-old Billy is afforded an opportunity to change schools and move out of town by an unusually attentive young teacher, his family starts to unravel around him in this stark exploration of how class in America shapes our very image of ourselves."

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