Two-Character Play Will Welcome New Cast Members for Three Performances
By Andrew Gans
The Off-Broadway premiere of Tennessee Williams' rarely-seen The Two-Character Play, which is scheduled to end its run at New World Stages Sept. 29, will welcome two new cast members for three performances only.
The production, which stars Tony Award winner Amanda Plummer and Academy Award nominee Brad Dourif, will welcome Rob Sedgwick and Elize (Lisi) Russell for the evening performance Sept. 9 and the matinee and evening performances Sept. 11. The new cast members will perform while Dourif is out of town attending a funeral of a close relative.
“We were very saddened by Brad’s news and allowing him a short time away from the production to attend the funeral was the right thing to do,” said producer Robert Driemeyer in a statement. “The show must go on and we’re thrilled to have Rob and Lisi bring their brilliance to the stage and play Felice and Clare during Brad’s short absence. Not only are they ideally matched to the roles and one another; they are first-rate pros with theatre in their blood. Rob has an accomplished list of credits in all entertainment mediums (like his sister Kyra Sedgwick). Lisi an accomplished actress in her own right who happens to be the widow of the great filmmaker Ken Russell. We couldn’t be more excited to have them on our team and we encourage people to experience their 'take' on Williams’ brilliant play."
Dourif and Plummer will resume performances Sept. 12.
The Two-Character Play, directed by Gene David Kirk, opened at New World Stages June 19 following previews that began June 13.
"Reality and fantasy are interwoven with terrifying power as two actors on tour-brother and sister-find themselves deserted by their troupe," according to press notes. "Faced by an audience expecting a performance, they enact The Two-Character Play. As they dip in and out of performance they find it difficult to differentiate themselves from their roles and reality from illusion."
The creative team comprises Alice Walkling (scenic design and London costume design), Lara DeBruijn (New York costume design), Phillip Hewitt (sound design and London lighting design), Jake Fine (New York lighting design) and Rick Sordelet (fight choreography).
The Two-Character Play is produced by Robert Driemeyer, Morgan Sills, Jim A. Landé, Al Parinello and the Somerled Charitable Foundation, in association with Robert Barry Fleming, Julio Montalvo, Ted Seifman/Jamie deRoy and Jan Warner, with general management by Brierpatch Productions (Laura Janik Cronin and Scott Newsome), casting by wojcik/seay casting (Scott Wojcik and Gayle Seay) and marketing by Ron Johnson, Jr.
Performances are Monday at 8 PM, Wednesday at 2 PM and 8 PM, Thursday and Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2:30 PM and 8 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.
Tickets are $72.50-$126.50 and are available for purchase via Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200, as well as in person at the New World Stages box office (340 West 50th Street).
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