Nelson also directs his play, which will officially open Nov. 2 and run through Nov. 14 in the Anspacher Theater. That Hopey Changey Thing is the first production of the 2010-2011 Public LAB season.
The production is described as such: "'A year later, I gotta ask the supporters of all that: How's that hopey changey thing workin’ for ya?' — Sarah Palin, February 6, 2010…. Election day, November 2, 2010. Uncle Benjamin’s dog has died and his nieces and nephew have gathered for dinner in Rhinebeck, New York, to surprise him with a new one. As they anxiously wait for the polls to close, the Apple family discusses memory, manners, and politics."
Here is a first look at the work:
PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: First Look at Richard Nelson's That Hopey Changey Thing at the Public
The cast features Shuler Hensley (Oklahoma!, Young Frankenstein) as Tim Andrews, Maryann Plunkett (Me and My Girl, A Man for All Seasons) as Barbara Apple, Jon DeVries (August: Osage County) as Benjamin Apple, Laila Robins (Heartbreak House) as Marian Apple Platt, Jay O. Sanders (A Midsummer Night's Dream) as Richard Apple and J. Smith-Cameron ("True Blood") as Jane Apple Halls.
Tickets for That Hopey Changey Thing, priced $15, are available by phoning (212) 967-7555 or by visiting PublicTheater.
The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.