Lily Rabe Departs Kin at Playwrights; Peter Friedman, Kevin Cahoon, Patch Darragh Join Season

News   Lily Rabe Departs Kin at Playwrights; Peter Friedman, Kevin Cahoon, Patch Darragh Join Season
Playwrights Horizons has announced additional casting for the upcoming premieres of Bathsheba Doran's Kin and the Joy Gregory-Gunnar Madsen-John Langs musical The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World.

Lily Rabe
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Obie Award winner Sam Gold, who helmed Circle Mirror Transformation at Playwrights, will direct the world premiere of Doran's play, which runs Feb. 25-April 3. An official opening has been set for March 21 in the Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theater.

The cast will include Tony Award nominee Suzanne Bertish (Nicholas Nickleby), Bill Buell ("John Adams"), Kristen Elizabeth Bush (A Touch of the Poet), Patch Darragh (The Glass Menagerie), Laura Heisler (Coram Boy), Matthew Rauch (The Merchant of Venice), Cotter Smith (Next Fall), Concetta Tomei (The Elephant Man) and Molly Ward (Three Sisters).

Bush replaces Tony Award nominee Lily Rabe, who was originally announced for the premiere, but is co-starring in the extended Broadway run of The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino.

According to Playwrights Horizons: "Anna (Bush), an Ivy League poetry scholar, and Sean (Darragh), an Irish personal trainer, hardly seem destined for one another. But as their web of disparate family and friends crosses great distances – both psychologically and geographically – an unlikely new family is forged. Bathsheba Doran’s play sheds a sharp light on the changing face of kinship in the expansive landscape of the modern world."

Kin will have scenic design by Paul Steinberg, costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Jane Cox and sound design by Matt Tierney. Preliminary casting for the new musical The Shaggs includes Tony Award nominee Peter Friedman (Ragtime, Circle Mirror Transformation) and Kevin Cahoon (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang).

Playwrights has aligned with the New York Theatre Workshop and South Ark Stage to present the New York premiere of the musical that has a book by Gregory, who co-wrote the score with Madsen, and a story by Gregory, Madsen and John Langs.

Langs will direct The Shaggs, which will run May 12-July 3 in the Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theater.

Here's how Playwrights Horizons bills the work: "Set in Fremont, New Hampshire in the early ’70s, The Shaggs is based on the true story of a working class dad (Friedman) who has a vision of rock n’ roll destiny for his three talentless daughters, convinced they’re his family’s one-way ticket out of hardship and obscurity. But the girls have ideas of their own – and as their father’s ambition turns to obsession, the price of familial obligation becomes all too clear."

Dates of production have also been set for the world premiere of David Greenspan's Go Back to Where You Are, which will run March 24-May 1, under the direction of Leigh Silverman (Well). An official opening has been set for April 12 in the Peter Jay Sharpe Theater.

"A forgotten chorus boy (Greenspan) from the theater of Ancient Greece, stuck in a lonely purgatory these past 2000 years, is sent back to earth on a mission from God. He now finds himself among a vacationing family in the Hamptons, caught off-guard by his re-discovered ability to feel love. Go Back To Where You Are is a melancholy comic romance, told with Greenspan’s unique brand of theatrical wit and exquisite lyricism," according to Playwrights Horizons.

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