Actor James Vincent Meredith joins the cast of The Minutes beginning June 25 for the final four weeks of performances. Meredith is taking over for the departing K. Todd Freeman as Mr. Blake, a role he previously played in the show's 2017 premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago.
The play takes place in real time at a closed-door city council meeting, peeking at all the hypocrisy, greed, and ambition that go-along with the small-town politics in the fictitious town of Big Cherry.
The cast features Tony-winning playwright and actor Letts, Tony winners Blair Brown and Jessie Mueller, Tony nominees Ian Barford and Austin Pendleton, plus Cliff Chamberlain, Danny McCarthy, Sally Murphy, Jeff Still, and Noah Reid in his Broadway debut. Anna D. Shapiro directs.
Meredith was most recently seen on Broadway earlier this spring, appearing as George Antrobus in The Skin of Our Teeth at Lincoln Center Theater. Other credits include The Book of Mormon and Superior Donuts, the latter also by Letts.
The production features scenic design by David Zinn, costume design by Ana Kuzmanić, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt, sound design and original music by André Pluess, hair and wig design by Tom Watson, choreography by Ty Defoe, dramaturgy by Edward Sobel, and casting by Caparelliotis Casting.
The Minutes opened on Broadway at Studio 54 (though it is not a Roundabout Theatre Company production) April 17 and will run through July 24. Previews began prior to the pandemic and resumed April 2.