Tony Winner Michele Pawk Seals Cast of The Paris Letter for Off-Broadway Delivery

News   Tony Winner Michele Pawk Seals Cast of The Paris Letter for Off-Broadway Delivery
Tony Award-winning actress Michele Pawk joins the previously reported cast of the upcoming Roundabout Theatre Company's Off-Broadway staging of The Paris Letter by Jon Robin Baitz.
Michele Pawk and Ron Rifkin
Michele Pawk and Ron Rifkin

Previews will begin for the New York premiere of the new work May 13 toward a June 9 opening for a limited run through Aug. 7.

As first reported, Ron Rifkin — who starred in the world premiere in Los Angeles — will star opposite John Glover (Love! Valour! Compassion!), Lee Pace (Small Tragedy) and Daniel Eric Gold (The Singing Forest) in the new drama from the playwright of Chinese Friends

Doug Hughes (Doubt, Frozen) directs Paris Letter about a Wall Street hotshot (Rifkin) who struggles to escape a past that catches up with him and threatens both his personal and professional lives.

Pawk won her Tony for her turn in Hollywood Arms. She has also appeared on Broadway in Chicago, Seussical, Cabaret, Triumph of Love, Crazy for You, Off Broadway in Reefer Madness, Merrily We Roll Along, john & jen and in the staging of A Little Night Music at the New York City and Los Angeles Opera. Other credits include Bounce and the films "Cradle Will Rock" and "Jeffrey."

Rifkin (Cabaret, "Alias") — a constant star of Baitz works — starred in the reading directed by Jonathan Kent (Man of La Mancha) with Kate Nelligan (An American Daughter) and Richard Easton (The Invention of Love, Henry IV). He also headed up the Los Angeles cast which also featured Neil Patrick Harris (Assassins), Lawrence Pressman (Never Live Over a Pretzel Factory), Josh Radnor (The Graduate) and Patricia Wettig ("thirtysomething"). Boston's Huntington Theatre Company commissioned the new work, which was seen in a New York City reading in December 2003. The drama was also developed at California's Ojai Playwrights Conference.

Originally thought to be Broadway-bound under the auspices of Elizabeth McCann, Scott Rudin and Hal Luftig, the work made its world premiere in Culver City, California at the new Kirk Douglas Theater Dec. 5, 2004-Jan. 2, 2005.

The design team for The Paris Letter includes John Lee Beatty (sets), Catherine Zuber (costumes), Peter Kaczorowski (lights) and David Van Tieghem (sound) — who also provides original compositions.

Baitz's one-act Show People was performed as part of a Mike Nichols produced benefit called Short Talks on the Universe in November 2002. He also penned the adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler used in the 2001 Broadway revival. His Ten Unknowns was produced by Lincoln Center Theatre, who have also presented the scribe's A Fair Country and The Substance of Fire. Other works include Mizlansky/Zilinsky or 'Schmucks,' Three Hotels and The Film Society.

The Laura Pels is currently home to Stephen Belber's McReele starring Anthony Mackie and Michael O'Keefe. Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel, Stephen Dietz's Fiction and a revival of Larry Shue's comedy The Foreigner starring Matthew Broderick and Frances Sternhagen have also played at the space, Oct. 15, 2004-Jan. 2, 2005. A Michael Mayer-directed staging of Noah Haidle's Mr. Marmalade is also expected in the coming year.

Tickets are available to The Paris Letter at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, located at 111 West 46th Street by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300. For more information, go online to

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