Pittsburgh Public's Talley's Folly Replaced by The Price; Some Season Casting Revealed

News   Pittsburgh Public's Talley's Folly Replaced by The Price; Some Season Casting Revealed
Pittsburgh Public Theater will replace Lanford Wilson's Talley's Folly with Arthur Miller's The Price in the coming season because rights to the Wilson play were pulled due to a planned Broadway production.

No Broadway plan for the two-character play has yet been announced.

PPT artistic director Ted Pappas also announced on July 24 that The Price will be directed by Tracy Brigden, well-known to local audiences as artistic director of City Theatre on Pittsburgh's South Side. It will play March 4-April 4, 2010.

The play is set in a Manhattan brownstone where two estranged brothers and a venerable antiques dealer meet to clean out the attic, and in the process assess the cost of a lifetime's worth of choices.

Ella, the hit bio-musical about the life and songs of Ella Fitzgerald, will play Oct. 1-Nov. 1 at PPT's O'Reilly Theater.

Pappas announced the complete cast of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes, to play Nov. 12-Dec. 13. Joining Helena Ruoti (in the role of Regina) will be married couple and Public Theater favorites Deirdre Madigan and Ross Bickell. Madigan (Mary Stuart) will play the vulnerable Birdie, and Bickell (The Gin Game) will appear as the conniving businessman Ben Hubbard. Recent Carnegie Mellon graduate Lara Hillier (Metamorphoses) will appear as Regina's daughter Alexandra, and playing her father, Horace, will be New York-based actor Michael McKenzie (Oedipus the King). The wicked father and son Oscar and Leo Hubbard will be played by last year's Post-Gazette Performer of the Year John Shepard (Oscar), and Chris Landis (Leo), originally from Pittsburgh and now working in New York. Rounding out the cast are Pittsburgh-based actors Linda Haston as Addie, Wali Jamal as Cal, and Philip Winters as William Marshall. Scenic designer James Noone (Metamorphoses) will design sets for The Little Foxes and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Jan. 21-Feb. 21, 2010), both of which Pappas will direct. Pappas announced that Puck will be played by Harris Doran, best known to The Public's audience as Mozart in Amadeus and The Emcee in Cabaret. Also returning is Broadway actor John Ahlin (Much Ado About Nothing at The Public) in the role of Bottom. Another recent Post-Gazette Performer of the Year, David Whalen, will double as Oberon and Theseus.

For tickets and information call (412) 316-1600 or visit www.ppt.org.

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