Swain and Gardner Will Serve Superior Donuts at TheatreWorks

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Complete casting has been announced for TheatreWorks' regional premiere of Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts' Superior Donuts, which will star Howard Swain and Lance Gardner.

Lance Gardner
Lance Gardner

Leslie Martinson will direct the Chicago-set play that explores the relationship between the proprietor of a donut shop and the young man he newly hires. Superior Donuts will run Oct. 6-31. An official opening has been set for Oct. 9 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

Swain is cast as shop owner Arthur with Gardner as Franco. Superior Donuts will also feature Michael J. Asberry, Julia Brothers, Gabriel Marin, Søren Oliver and Joan Mankin.

Here's how TheatreWorks describes the play: "In the wake of his ex-wife's death, Arthur is having a hard time keeping his grip on daily life, and Superior Donuts, the shop his Polish immigrant father opened nearly sixty years ago in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood, is in a state of decay, recently vandalized by local thugs. When Franco, a sharp young black man with big dreams hires on, the store gets a face lift and Arthur finds himself coming out of his stupor. But Franco's drive and ambition cannot help him erase his past, and the two find they must help each other if they are ever going to change."

Superior Donuts premiered on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre in September 2009. The production ran for 109 performances. Letts earned a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize for his epic family drama August: Osage County.

For tickets phone (650) 903-6000 or visit TheatreWorks.

TheatreWorks' Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts is located at 500 Castro Street (at Mercy) in Mountain View, CA.

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