Ars Nova and WP Theater have announced casting for the world premiere of Sundown, Yellow Moon, a show billed by the two Off-Broadway companies as “a night-time play with songs.“ The new work, set to begin previews next month, is a collaboration between playwright Rachel Bonds, indie-folk duo The Bengsons, and director Anne Kauffman.
Sundown, Yellow Moon will begin performances February 28 ahead of a March 14 opening in the McGinn/Cazale (WP Theater), located at 2162 Broadway at 76th Street, New York. The Off-Broadway engagement is scheduled to run through April 1.
The cast includes Eboni Booth (Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.), Lilli Cooper (The Spongebob Musical), Peter Friedman (Synecdoche, New York; The Savages), Greg Keller (Our Mother's Brief Affair), Anne L. Nathan (It Shoulda Been You), Michael Pemberton (Veep), and JD Taylor.
In the new play, Cooper and Booth will play sisters who return home to find their father in a crisis. “Under the cover of late-night, small-town shadows, sleep is elusive, connections are frayed, and the southern summer heat presses in,“ read production notes. “Sundown, Yellow Moon is an ethereal, honest, funny-sad play about seeing old faces with new eyes, and the liminal space between loss and letting go.“
The creative team will include Lauren Helpern (scenic design), Jessica Pabst (costume design), Isabella Byrd and Matt Frey (lighting design), Leah Gelpe (sound design), and Erin Gioia Albrecht (production stage manager). Casting by Caparelliotis Casting/ Lauren Port, CSA and Kelly Gillespie, CSA.
Bonds was commissioned to develop Sundown, Yellow Moon as part of Ars Nova’s 2014 The Writers Room group, where she met director Kauffman. In 2016, Bonds became Ars Nova’s Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence, which includes a full salary, health insurance, and access to personal and artistic development.