News for Anne Nelson's The Guys doesn't seem to end, as Polly Draper joins the previously announced Terrence Mann, Sept. 25-Oct. 11. And while Universal's Focus Features announced they are picking up the film version for distribution, the next cast the show at downtown New York City's Flea Theatre is already lined up. Peggy Lipton and Dan Lauria will play in the two-hander for the New York production, Oct. 15-Nov. 22, as confirmed by a production spokesperson.
Draper was last seen on the New York stage in Off-Broadway's Blur. Other theatre credits include Closer, Trudy Blue, Crazy He Calls Me, Imagining Brad, Four Dogs and a Bone, Top Girls, Rum and Coke and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You. She also garnered an Emmy nomination for her turn on television's "thirtysomething."
Mann, who performed The Guys with actress-wife Charlotte d'Amboise for the Carolina Arts Festival in Raleigh, NC on Sept. 11, will reprise his role. (d'Amboise is currently uptown on Broadway performing in Chicago.) Mann's Broadway credits include The Rocky Horror Show, Barnum, Cats, The Scarlet Pimpernel and his Tony Award-nominated turns in Les Misérables and Beauty and the Beast.
Lipton came to fame as a hip, young crime-buster in the '60s series "The Mod Squad." She then went on to further cult fame with David Lynch's TV series "Twin Peaks." Lipton will be familiar with the script-aided performance style as she has appeared in The Vagina Monologues Off-Broadway.
Lauria will perhaps always be known for his performance as the father Jack Arnold in TV's "The Wonder Years." The Brooklyn-born actor has ties to theatre as he played Off Broadway in Other People's Money and served as producer to Chazz Palminteri's A Bronx Tale. Draper replaces Irene Walsh, who has been with the New York production since its inception, though her name has given way to the big name stars, for whom she's understudied. Among them include originator and star of the film version Sigourney Weaver, Susan Sarandon, Swoosie Kurtz, Amy Irving, Carol Kane and Marlo Thomas.
The Guys, based on first-time playwright Anne Nelson's real experiences, is a dialogue between a fire captain — who has lost most of his men in the Sept. 11 attack — and an editor who helps him write the eulogies as she struggles herself to come to terms with the event. Both find out, as quoted from the text, "We have no idea what wonders lie hidden in the people around us."
The New York casts of The Guys has included Bill Murray, Bill Irwin, Anthony LaPaglia, Tim Robbins, Tom Wopat, and Stephen Lang. The Los Angeles production has featured Robbins, Helen Hunt, Sarandon, Philip Baker Hall, Jeanne Tripplehorn, David Hyde Pierce and Glenne Headley. Robbins and Sarandon also performed the work at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
For tickets to The Guys at The Flea, 41 White Street in Tribeca, call (212) 206-1515 or visit www.thebat.com. Limited $15 tickets for firemen and Port Authority workers with ID. Rush Tickets ($25) are sold on the same day, based on availability.
— by Ernio Hernandez