More Casting Announced for Broadway’s Six Degrees of Separation

Broadway News   More Casting Announced for Broadway’s Six Degrees of Separation
See who's joining Allison Janney, John Benjamin Hickey, and Corey Hawkins in the revival.
John Benjamin Hickey and Allison Janney
John Benjamin Hickey and Allison Janney

Additional casting has been announced for the Broadway revival of John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation, which will begin previews April 5 prior to an official opening April 25 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

Directed by Trip Cullman (Significant Other, Yen), Six Degrees will play a 15-week run through July 16.

As previously reported, the cast will be headed by seven-time Emmy Award winner Allison Janney (Mom, The Girl on the Train) as Ouisa, Tony Award winner John Benjamin Hickey (The Normal Heart, Manhattan) as Flan, and Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton, 24: Legacy) as Paul.

They will be joined by Tony Carlin (Sylvia, Fish in the Dark) as the Doorman, Michael Countryman (Privacy, Spotlight) as Larkin, James Cusati-Moyer (Broadway debut, A Soldier’s Tale) as the Hustler, Ned Eisenberg (Rocky, Golden Boy) as Dr. Fine, Lisa Emery (Casa Valentina) as Kitty, Keenan Jolliff (Broadway debut, Youth in Oregon) as Woody, Peter Mark Kendall (Mercury Fur) as Rick, Cody Kostro (Broadway debut, Dead Poets Society) as Doug, Sarah Mezzanotte (Broadway debut, The Wolves) as Elizabeth, Colby Minifie (Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Punk Rock) as Tess, Paul O’Brien (On a Clear Day, The Importance of Being Ernest) as the Detective, Chris Perfetti (Everybody, Cloud Nine) as Trent, Ned Riseley (Broadway debut, Poster Boy) as Ben, and Michael Siberry (An Enemy of the People, Spamalot) as Geoffrey.

The design team includes Mark Wendland (Significant Other, Heisenberg), sets; Clint Ramos (Sunday in the Park with George, In Transit), costumes; Ben Stanton (Junk, Fully Committed), lighting; Darron L West (Jitney, Fully Committed), sound; Lucy Mackinnon (2015 Spring Awakening, Newsies), projections; and Charles LaPointe (Anastasia, Holiday Inn), wigs. Casting is by Daniel Swee.

Corey Hawkins
Corey Hawkins Eric Hobbs

Inspired by a true story, the play, according to press notes, “follows the trail of a young con man, Paul (Hawkins), who insinuates himself into the lives of a wealthy New York couple, Ouisa and Flan Kittredge (Janney and Hickey), saying he knows their son at college. Claiming he’s the son of actor Sidney Poitier, Paul tells them he has just been mugged and all his money is gone. Captivated by Paul's intelligence (and the possibility of appearing in his father’s new movie), the Kittredges invite him to stay overnight. After finding him in bed with a hustler (Cusati-Moyer), their picture of Paul changes, and Ouisa and Flan turn detective trying to piece together the connections that gave him access to their lives. Meanwhile, Paul's cons unexpectedly lead him into darker territory as his lies begin to catch up with him.”

Six Degrees of Separation premiered Off-Broadway at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater May 16, 1990 before moving to the Vivian Beaumont Theater November 8, 1990. The play received the 1991 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, an Obie Award for the playwright, and the 1993 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play. It was a finalist for the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play. The original Broadway cast featured Stockard Channing as Ouisa, John Cunningham as Flan, Courtney B. Vance as Paul, and Kelly Bishop as Kitty.

Janney made her Broadway debut in Noel Coward’s Present Laughter, for which she earned the Outer Critics Circle Award and Clarence Derwent Award. She also appeared in Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge, receiving her first Tony Award nomination and winning the Outer Critics Circle Award. Janney was last seen on Broadway in the musical 9 to 5, for which she earned a Tony nomination and won the Drama Desk Award.

Hickey won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play and a Drama Desk Award for his performance in The Normal Heart. His other credits include Mary Stuart, The Crucible, Cabaret, and Love! Valour! Compassion!, for which he won an Obie Award. In 2016, he was back onstage in Peter Parnell’s Dada Woof Papa Hot at Lincoln Center for director Scott Ellis.

Guare’s plays include Landscape of the Body, A Free Man Of Color (Pulitzer Prize finalist), House of Blue Leaves (Obie/NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play), Six Degrees of Separation (Obie/NY Drama Critics Circle Award, London's Olivier Award for Best Play), Two Gentlemen of Verona (NY Drama Critics Circle Award, Tony Award for Best Musical), Muzeeka (Obie), Sweet Smell of Success (Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical), and Lydie Breeze.

The Broadway revival is produced by Stuart Thompson and Tim Levy.

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