More Casting Announced for World Premiere of Beautiful Child Off-Broadway

News   More Casting Announced for World Premiere of Beautiful Child Off-Broadway
George Grizzard, Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros and Kaitlin Hopkins will join Penny Fuller in the upcoming world premiere of Nicky Silver's Beautiful Child at Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre.
Playwright Nicky Silver
Playwright Nicky Silver Photo by Carol Rosegg

The new play, directed by Terry Kinney, will begin performances at the downtown Manhattan venue Feb. 5 with an opening night to be announced.

Silver's new drama centers on a troubled teacher who returns home to his family. A Vineyard veteran, the scribe has seen his previous works Pterodactyls, Maiden's Prayer, Raised In Captivity, The Altruists and Eros Trilogy staged at the Off Broadway space.

Grizzard is a Tony Award winner for his turn in A Delicate Balance. The stage veteran has also appeared on Broadway in Judgment at Nuremberg, Man and Superman, California Suite, The Royal Family, The Country Girl, The Glass Menagerie, Big Fish, Little Fish and as Nick the original production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Gersten-Vassilaros recently co-wrote the Off-Broadway play Omnium Gatherum with Theresa Rebeck and also penned the Broadway play My Thing of Love. As an actress, she has performed in Alone Together, Lusting After Pipino's Wife, Made in Heaven, Ladies and Loose Ends.

Hopkins appeared as the matriarch in Off-Broadway's Bat Boy: The Musical. The actress also performed in She Loves Me at Los Angeles' Reprise! and workshop productions of Sarah, Plain and Tall and The Baby and Johnny Project — the latter based on the film "Dirty Dancing." Fuller, just appeared in the National Actors Theatre's Right You Are, has performed in Wendy Wasserstein's An American Daughter and Neil Simon's The Dinner Party — for which she was Tony nominated. Her other nod came for her turn in Applause. Other credits include Rex, Cabaret and Barefoot in the Park.

Director Kinney helmed the recent revival of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest on Broadway. He was applauded for his Chicago premiere of Richard Greenberg's The Violet Hour. As an actor, he has performed on stage in The Grapes of Wrath and Buried Child as well as on screen in "Oz" and "The Laramie Project."

Vineyard's other production scheduled for this season is the American premiere of Shinn's Where Do We Live. The playwright of Four and What Didn't Happen pens a tale of two young men who are neighbors in a Manhattan apartment building, but live in two different worlds.

For information about the Vineyard's productions, call the box office at (212) 353-0303 or visit

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