"Nurse Jackie" Hubby Dominic Fumusa Cast in NYC Debut of Ruhl's Passion Play

News   "Nurse Jackie" Hubby Dominic Fumusa Cast in NYC Debut of Ruhl's Passion Play
"Nurse Jackie" star and stage veteran Dominic Fumusa has joined the cast of Epic Theatre Ensemble's New York City premiere of Sarah Ruhl's Passion Play  which will begin April 27.

Dominic Fumusa
Dominic Fumusa Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Mark Wing-Davey stages the production that plays at the site-specific Irondale Center, a converted Sunday school inside Fort Greene, Brooklyn's Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church. The show officially opens May 12 and is currently scheduled to play through May 30.

Fumusa — who can be seen as the barkeep husband to Edie Falco's title character on Showtime's "Nurse Jackie" — has previously been seen on stage in Take Me Out, Wait Until Dark and Fault Lines and Tape.

The actor joins the already announced cast of Brendan Averett, Polly Noonan, Daniel Pearce, Alex Podulke, Keith Reddin, Godfrey L. Simmons Jr., T. Ryder Smith, Felix Solis Jr., Kate Turnbull and Nicole Wiesner.

"Inspired by the historic festivals where everyday citizens came together to elevate their communities by staging the life and death of Christ, Passion Play," according to Epic Theatre, "transports audiences first to 16th century England, where Queen Elizabeth threatens to shut down a small town's production; then to Nazi Germany, where Adolf Hitler's arrival at the famous Oberammergau Passion Play influences the lives of its cast and finally to Spearfish, South Dakota in 1984, as a local production becomes a campaign stop for a famous actor-turned-President running for re-election."

About the Epic Theatre production,  playwright Ruhl stated "It seems fitting for a play about medieval plays that we'll be staging it in a site-specific way, in a beautiful raw church with a political history, and building a meaningful community around the event."

The design team includes Allen Moyer (scenic), Gabriel Berry (costume), David Weiner (lighting), David Van Tieghem (sound). Fight direction is by David Anzuelo. Wing-Davey previously directed Passion Play at the Goodman Theatre and Yale Repertory Theatre, but will re-envision the play for this site-specific New York debut.

Tickets are available at epictheatreensemble.org.

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