Michael Hackett directs the limited engagement that runs June 18-22 at The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Part of "The Play's the Thing" series, Summer and Smoke will be recorded for future broadcast on satellite and public radio. Kudisch and Zimmerman appear as John Buchanan, Jr. and Alma Winemiller, respectively, in Williams' Mississippi-set romantic drama that pits the spiritual against the sexual.
They will be joined onstage by Armin Shimerman (Rev. Winemiller), Kitty Swink (Mrs. Winemiller/Rosemary), Tina Sanchez (Rosa Gonazales), Tegan West (Roger Doremus), David Selby (Dr. John Buchanan, Sr.), Anne Gee Byrd (Mrs. Bassett) and Gabriel Olds (Vernon/Dusty/Archie Kramer). Two additional roles remain to be cast.
Zimmerman, who replaces the previously announced Amanda Plummer in the role of Alma, has appeared on Broadway in The Rivals and The Full Monty. She is a Helen Hayes Award nominee for The Matchmaker.
Marc Kudisch was most recently seen in the Off-Broadway production of The Glorious Ones at Lincoln Center Theater. A Tony nominee for his performances in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Thoroughly Modern Millie, Kudisch has appeared in the Broadway companies of The Apple Tree, Assassins, Bells Are Ringing, The Wild Party and High Society. A Helen Hayes Award winner for The Witches of Eastwick at the Signature Theatre, Kudisch is slated to star in the 2009 Broadway production of 9 to 5.
For tickets to Summer and Smoke at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, call the L.A. Theatre Works box office at (310) 827-0889. For more information visit latw.org.