Sweet and Sad, Starring Shuler Hensley and Maryann Plunkett, Begins at the Public Sept. 6 | Playbill

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News Sweet and Sad, Starring Shuler Hensley and Maryann Plunkett, Begins at the Public Sept. 6 The world premiere of Richard Nelson's Sweet and Sad, set on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, begins Off-Broadway previews Sept. 6 as part of the Public Theater's 2011-2012 Public LAB series.

Shuler Hensley
Shuler Hensley Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Nelson, who debuted his political play That Hopey Changey Thing at the Public last season, returns with Sweet and Sad, which revisits the Apple family as they reflect on America a decade after the events of 9/11. Nelson also directs his play, which will open Sept. 11 and run through Sept. 25.

The production reunites the cast of Hopey Changey, including Tony Award winners Shuler Hensley (Oklahoma!, Young Frankenstein) and Maryann Plunkett (Me and My Girl, A Man for All Seasons), as well as Jon DeVries (August: Osage County), Laila Robins (Heartbreak House), Jay O. Sanders (A Midsummer Night's Dream) and J. Smith-Cameron ("True Blood").

According to the Public, "The Apple Family finds themselves together again for the first time since Election Night, 2010. Marian, reeling from a personal tragedy, now lives with her sister Barbara; sister Jane is back with her boyfriend Tim; their brother Richard has come up from Manhattan; and Uncle Benjamin prepares for his first dramatic performance in years. Over Sunday brunch on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the Apples find themselves talking about loss, memory, remembrance and the meaning of compensation."

Sweet and Sad has scenery and costumes by Susan Hilferty, lighting by Jennifer Tipton and sound by Scott Lehrer.

The Public is also offering a special Forum Event on Sept. 8, titled "The 9/11 Decade: New York and America After the Towers," which will be moderated by Alec Baldwin.

For tickets and further information phone (212) 967-7555 or visit PublicTheater.

The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.

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