New Drama Wisconsin Death Trip Will Hold Developmental Readings at MTC and ART/NY
28 Aug 2014
Playwright Lizzie Vieh’s new drama, Wisconsin Death Trip – based on the book by Michael Lesy – will have its debut reading at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Creative Center (311 W. 43rd Street) on Sept. 7 – with cast including Caroline Kaplan ("Proof" on TNT) and Jason Loughlin (Machinal).
The Sept. 7 reading will be followed by another developmental reading Sept. 8 at ART/NY’s Bruce Mitchell Room (520 Eighth Avenue). Both readings will begin at 7 PM.
James Rutherford directs. Other casting in addition to Kaplan and Loughlin includes Georgia Cohen, Charise Greene, Karl Gregory, Brough Hansen, Ben Kahre, Lizzie King-Hall, Lauren Lubow, Haas Regen and Rudi Utter.
According to press notes, "Wisconsin Death Trip mixes vivid poetic language with deliciously dark humor, and explores themes of loss, sickness, alienation, drug addiction and sexual yearning. While most events are filtered through the perspective of tireless newspaperman Frank Cooper, the heart of the drama is found in our intimate encounters with characters such as Anna Myinek and Ward Rausch, two homeless tramps on-the-go; and Vera Arlington, a wealthy daughter of a landowner who marries beneath her status, kills herself after her only baby dies, and returns as a ghost. These stories offer glimpses into the resoluteness of the human spirit in the face of utter destruction."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.