Journeying Onward, Hugh Dancy Returns to NYC

PlayBlog   Journeying Onward, Hugh Dancy Returns to NYC
The 2007 Tony-winning revival of Journey's End was just the beginning of Hugh Dancy's New York stage career. He's set to surface next Off-Broadway — in February 2010 at the Lucille Lortel — in a new prize-winning London import, The Pride, which won its first-time author, Alexi Kaye Campbell, the Critic's Circle Prize for Most Promising Playwright as well as the John Whiting Award for Best Play.

Dancy didn't see The Pride during its premiere Royal Court engagement — and not because he knew he'd be playing it stateside. "I'd like to claim such high motives," he quipped impishly, "but to be fair to myself, I wasn't actually in London."

He didn't catch up with Campbell until Play Two, Apologia, when it opened at the Bush Theatre in London. "We went out afterwards and talked more about that play because it was right there in my mind," recalled Dancy. "It's wonderful. It's about the children of a woman returning to their family home just after she has written an autobiography in which she hasn't mentioned any of them."

Campbell, like Steppenwolf's versatile Tracy Letts, got to playwriting from acting and has worked extensively as a performer in theatre, film and television.

— Harry Haun

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