FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
JELANI ALLADIN, MARILU HENNER, TRACY LETTS,
HRIS LOWELL, DAVID PASQUESI,
JOEY SLOTNICK, FRANK WOOD, AND MORE
JOIN THE ROTATING CAST FOR
BARROW STREET THEATRICALS’
AMERICAN PREMIERE OF
BY NASSIM SOLEIMANPOUR
AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER, STAGE II
New York, NY (February 26, 2019) – Barrow Street Theatricals announced today the rotating cast of guest actors through early March for the American premiere of the Nassim Soleimanpour and Bush Theatre production of NASSIM by celebrated Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour (White Rabbit Red Rabbit), featuring direction by Omar Elerian. Joining the production will be:
Tuesday, February 26 at 7:30pm – Frank Wood
Tony Award winner (Network, Clybourne Park, Side Man)
Wednesday, February 27 at 7:30pm – Marilu Henner
Five-time Golden Globe nominee (“Taxi,” Chicago, Gettin’ The Band Back Together)
Thursday, February 28 at 7:30pm – Geoff Sobelle
Obie Award winner (all wear bowlers, The Object Lesson)
Friday, March 1 at 7:30pm – Susannah Flood
(“For The People,” The Cherry Orchard, The Effect, Tribes)
Saturday, March 2 at 2:30pm – Marcia DeBonis
Drama League Award nominee (Small Mouth Sounds, “Wallflowers,”“Lipstick Jungle”)
Saturday, March 2 at 7:30pm – David Pasquesi
(TJ and Dave, “Veep,” “Lodge 49,” “The Mob Doctor”)
Sunday, March 3 at 2:30pm – Ryan Duncan
(“He’s With Me,” Gettin’ The Band Back Together)
Sunday, March 3 at 7:30pm – Vicki Lewis
(Anastasia, “NewsRadio,” Chicago, Finding Nemo)
Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30pm – Joey Slotnick
(The Goldfinch, “Nip/Tuck,” “Too Big To Fail,” Twister)
Wednesday, March 6 at 7:30pm – Tracy Letts
Pulitzer Prize and two-time Tony Award winner (August: Osage County, Superior Donuts, “Homeland,” Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Bug)
Thursday, March 7 at 7:30pm – Jelani Alladin
Drama Desk and Drama League Award nominee (Frozen, Choir Boy)
Friday, March 8 at 7:30pm – Chris Lowell
Screen Actors Guild Award winner (The Help, “GLOW,” “Private Practice”)
Additional rotating guest actors will be announced shortly.
As previously announced, Barrow Street Theatricals, formerly Barrow Street Theatre, moves uptown to New York City Center, Stage II (131 West 55th Street) just for this production, which celebrated its official opening night on Wednesday, December 12, 2018.
No rehearsals. A different guest actor at every performance. A sealed envelope. And some surprises.
NASSIM was originally commissioned and produced by the Bush Theatre and received its world premiere at the Bush Theatre, London, July 25, 2017.
Nassim Soleimanpour’s first play, White Rabbit Red Rabbit, ran for more than nine months in New York, and was performed by Whoopi Goldberg, Bobby Cannavale, Nathan Lane, F. Murray Abraham, and other celebrated actors. It has been performed thousands of times in the United States and has been translated into more than 25 languages. NASSIM is his latest exploration into imaginative storytelling that also challenges traditional theatrical forms.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.NYCityCenter.org; on the phone by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212; or in person at New York City Center box office, open Monday-Saturday, noon-8pm, and Sunday, noon-7:30pm.
NASSIM is produced off-Broadway by Scott Morfee, Jean Doumanian, and Tom Wirtshafter.
Barrow Street Theatricals was founded by Scott Morfee and Tom Wirtshafter in 2003 at its home in New York’s historic Greenwich House, where they operated the 200-seat Barrow Street Theatre until September 2018. They have produced and presented numerous award-winning shows, including the Tooting Arts Club production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe (with Paines Plough); Tracy Letts’ BUG; Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, Tribes by Nina Raine (both directed by David Cromer); Josh Schmidt’s Adding Machine: a musical, and many more.
Praise for NASSIM
“NASSIM is exhilarating fun, but also touching, moving and soulful. It’s very entertaining and funny. The play will be different every time, but it’s a gamble worth taking.”
–The Hollywood Reporter
“★★★★ Poignant and sweet like a sugar cube in tea. Playwright Nassim Soleimanpour uses a savvy, theatrically indirect process in NASSIM. It’s a thrill to see.”
–Time Out New York
“An unusually vivid celebration of theatre’s liveness, speaking the universal language of humanity. That makes it sound pat and sentimental. It’s not. This is a show that uses presence – technology and physical – and absence to clever effect. It explores the freedom and limitation of language, whether through censorship or the difficulties of speaking in one language and feeling in another. The act of staging this show is a striking demonstration of how words can keep us apart but also bring us together.”
“The story of human connection and hope embodied in the very form of Nassim Soleimanpour’s work, and – perhaps – now also embedded in the heart of everyone who sees this remarkable show.”
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