The New Group has announced complete casting for its 2022-23 season opener, Will Arbery's Evanston Salt Costs Climbing, which will begin previews October 25 at The Pershing Square Signature Center in the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre.
Directed by Danya Taymor, the New York premiere of Arbery's play about climate and change will continue through December 18.
The cast will feature Quincy Tyler Bernstine (Ruined, Mary Seacole), Jeb Kreager (Mare of Easttown, Heroes of the Fourth Turning), Ken Leung (Industry, Lost), and Rachel Sachnoff (Evanston Salt Costs Climbing at White Heron Theatre).
The play is set in Evanston, Illinois, where winters keep getting worse and salt truck drivers Peter and Basil battle the ice and snow and pass the time with jokes and stories. Their boss Maiworm has noble visions of new green technology that would make their jobs obsolete, but there may be a more terrifying warning calling out from under the roads.
Arbery also penned Corsicana and the Pulitzer Prize finalist Heroes of the Fourth Turning.
The production will also have scenic design by Matt Saunders, costume design by Sarafina Bush, lighting design by Isabella Byrd, sound design by Mikaal Sulaiman, voice and text coaching by Gigi Buffington, and casting by Judy Henderson.
The production stage manager is Rachel Denise April, and the assistant stage manager is Stephen Varnado.
The New Group season continues in winter 2023 with Thomas Bradshaw's world premiere, The Seagull/Woodstock, NY, directed by Scott Elliott; and in spring 2023 with Bernarda’s Daughters, by Diane Exavier and directed by Dominique Rider, a co-production with National Black Theatre. The season will also feature the world premiere (from The New Group Off Stage) of Lypsinka: Toxic Femininity, a new film written and performed by John Epperson and directed by Chloë Sevigny.
Member tickets are now on sale. Tickets to the general public go on sale September 28. Visit TheNewGroup.org.