Full casting has been revealed for The Public Theater's upcoming New York premiere of Mary Kathryn Nagle's Manahatta, taking the Off-Broadway company's Anspacher Theater November 16–December 17. Opening night is December 5 with Laurie Woolery at the helm.
The cast will include Rainbow Dickerson as Toosh-ki-pa-kwis-i and Debra, Elizabeth Frances as Le-le-wa'-you and Jane, David Kelly as Jonas Michaelius and Michael, Jeffrey King as Peter Minuit and Dick, Enrico Nassi as Se-ket-tu-may-qua and Luke, Joe Tapper as Jakob and Joe, and Sheila Tousey as Mother and Bobbie. Jessica Ranville and Rex Young will round out the company as understudies.
The work follows a young Native American woman with an MBA who reconnects with her ancestral Lenape homeland after moving from Oklahoma to New York for a banking job in 2008. The piece was written as part of The Public's Emerging Writers Group, and returns to The Public for a full production following earlier runs at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Yale Repertory Theatre.
The production will feature scenic design by Marcelo Martínez García, costume design by Lux Haac, lighting design by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, sound design and composition by Paul James Prendergast, fight and intimacy direction by Kelsey Rainwater, and movement direction by Ty Defoe. Amanda Nita Luke-Sayed will be the production stage manager and Janelle Caso will be the stage manager. Lenape Center Executive Director and Cofounder Joe Baker is serving as cultural consultant.
"It is nothing less than incredible to witness the first production of Manahatta on the island of Manahatta," shares Nagle. "The Lenape may have been forcibly removed from their home hundreds of years ago, but they are still here today and this island remains their home. Many thanks to the Lenape Center for all the years they've spent helping me to write and create this story, and for all the work the Center is doing to erase the invisibility of the Lenape People in their own home: Manahatta."