Tony Nominee Pascale Armand and More Join Jayne Houdyshell in Relevance Off-Broadway | Playbill

Off-Broadway News Tony Nominee Pascale Armand and More Join Jayne Houdyshell in Relevance Off-Broadway
The Eclipsed star will go head to head with Tony winner Houdyshell in the Liesl Tommy-helmed world premiere from JC Lee.
Pascale Armand
Pascale Armand Joseph Marzullo/WENN

The world premiere of JC Lee’s play Relevance has found its complete cast Off-Broadway. Among those joining the previously announced Jayne Houdyshell is Tony Nominee Pascale Armand, who will play younger feminist rival Msemaji Ukweli to Houdyshell’s veteran feminist icon Theresa Hanneck.


Jayne Houdyshell Monica Simoes

Armand is a Tony nominee for her performance in Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed. Previously, she was seen on Broadway in The Trip to Bountiful, and Off-Broadway, performed in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' An Octoroon.

The MCC production of Relevance is set to begin previews February 1 in the Lucille Lortel Theatre ahead of a February 20 opening night. Completing the cast will be Molly Camp (The Heiress), and Emmy Award nominee Richard Masur (Transparent, Orange Is the New Black).

In Relevance, an older feminist author goes head to head with a promising young writer who is quickly becoming the leading cultural critic on race, class, and gender for a new generation. When a heated exchange between the two women goes viral, one of the women (Tony winner Houdyshell) finds herself ill-equipped to manage her message in the social media era.

The production will feature scenic design by Tony winner Clint Ramos, costume design by Jacob A. Climer, lighting design by Jiyoun Chang, sound design by Broken Chord, projection design by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, and casting by Telsey + Company/Adam Caldwell, CSA, William Cantler, CSA, Karyn Casl, CSA. Production stage manager is Alex H. Hajjar and stage manager is Ayisha Hunt.

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