Cast Announced for new Off-Broadway play “A Perfect Future” by David Hay at Cherry Lane Theatre
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COMPLETE CAST ANNOUNCED
TONY AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER ANDY SANDBERG
THE WORLD PREMIERE OF
“ A P E R F E C T F U T U R E”
A NEW PLAY
BY DAVID HAY
DIRECTED BY TONY AWARD-NOMINEE WILSON MILAM
FEATURING DONNA BULLOCK, SCOTT DRUMMOND,
DANIEL ORESKES, MICHAEL T. WEISS
PERFORMANCES BEGIN FEBRUARY 4, 2011
AT THE CHERRY LANE THEATRE
OPENING NIGHT SET FOR FEBRUARY 17, 2011
TICKETS NOW ON SALE
New York, NY (1/6/11) – Tony Award-winning producer Andy Sandberg (Hair, The Last Smoker in America) has announced the full cast for the world premiere of the provocative new play, A Perfect Future, by David Hay (The Maddening Truth) with direction by Tony Award-nominee Wilson Milam (The Lieutenant of Inishmore). The four-member cast features Donna Bullock (Ragtime, “Against the Grain”) as Natalie, Scott Drummond (Hamlet, “All My Children”) as Mark, Daniel Oreskes (Billy Elliot, The Miracle Worker) as Elliot, and Michael T. Weiss (The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, “The Pretender”) as John.
Performances begin on Friday, February 4, 2011 for an open-ended engagement at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street). Opening night is set for Thursday, February 17, 2011.
A Perfect Future is a darkly comic and provocative play that explores the question of whether people can be married and truly love each other when their political persuasions are diametrically opposed. This high-society evening is about to turn into a night of sexually charged mind-games that could change their lives forever. New York power-couple John and Natalie are hosting a dinner for Elliot, a friend from their days as college radicals. Also invited to the party is Mark, a straight-laced young man from John’s risk management firm. With the help of a few too many expensive bottles of wine, the group’s past and their long buried secrets resurface. Over the course of this raucous evening, their basic belief systems are upended, as the four must come to terms with each other’s true politics and behavior.
Wilson Milam, the Tony Award-nominated director of Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore, returns to New York to direct the World Premiere of David Hay’s compelling new play. A Perfect Future was developed under the auspices of Naked Angels, whose production of Next Fall received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play.
The creative team includes Charles Corcoran (Set), Michael McDonald (Costumes), Ben Stanton (Lights), Daniel Kluger (Sound) and Pat McCorkle (Casting). The Production Stage Manager is Donald Fried.
A Perfect Future will play the following schedule February 4 – 27: Tuesdays – Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Please note: There are no matinee performances on February 5 & 6. Beginning February 28, the schedule will change to: Mondays & Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m., dark on Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are priced at $69.00 and are now available online at www.telecharge.com, or by calling (212) 239-6200, and beginning January 31 will be available at The Cherry Lane Box Office (38 Commerce Street).
Donna Bullock (Natalie) most recently starred as Lilia Halliday in the 2010 NY International Fringe Festival’s Platinum, and Leanne in Jeffrey Sweet’s Flyovers and Essie in Take Me Along at the Irish Rep. Her Broadway credits include Mother in Ragtime (Jefferson Award – Chicago production), Lucy in A Class Act (Ovation Nomination – L.A. production) and Bobbie/Gabby in City of Angels. Some other random theatrical favorites include Rabbit Hole at the Huntington in Boston, Foxfire with Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, Sweet Bird of Youth with Lauren Bacall (both at the Ahmanson in L.A.), Terra Nova (Mark Taper Forum), Me and My Girl opposite Tim Curry (1st Nat. tour), Top Girls at the Public Theater (Obie Award), Portrait Of Jennie, Julie Taymor’s Liberty’s Taken and Beatrice to her husband, Sherman Howard’s, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. In addition to numerous television appearances (“Monk,” “Medium,” “Six Feet Under,” “Smallville,” “Frasier,” “Touched by an Angel,” to name a few), Donna starred in the brief but critically acclaimed NBC series, “Against the Grain.” Film credits include Wolfgang Peterson's “Air Force One,” “All Good Things,” and “Girl Next Door.”
Scott Drummond (Mark) Off Broadway: Hamlet (Theatre for a New Audience). Other New York credits: The New Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Aquila (Nat’l Tour: Catch-22, Julius Caesar), The Play Company. Regional: O’Neill Conference (3 Seasons), Arena Stage (Well), La Jolla Playhouse (Mother Courage), The Shakespeare Theatre, Virginia Stage, Arden Theatre Company, New Repertory Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Creede Repertory Theatre (Denver Critics Circle Nomination, Best Actor). Film: A Magic Helmet. Television: “All My Children.” Training: M.F.A., UCSD/La Jolla Playhouse; B.F.A., Southern Methodist University/Meadows School of the Arts.
Daniel Oreskes (Elliot) Recent Broadway credits include the role of Anagnos in the revival of The Miracle Worker, creating the role of Big Davey in the original company of Billy Elliot, as well as Jupiter in Cymbeline at Lincoln Center, the Pharoah in Aida, Aegisthus in Electra, and Mr. Jeppe in the Stepppenwolf production of The Song of Jacob Zulu. Off-Broadway: originated the roles of Royer-Collard in Doug Wright’s Quills, Eli in John Patrick Shanley’s Missing Marissa, as well as The Duke of Florence in his Cellini, Larry in Arthur Miller’s Mr. Peter’s Connections; created roles in Roar, Terrorism, and Jason With A “Y” with The New Group as well as the role of Theseus in Dan Sullivan’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the New York Shakespeare Festival where has appeared in over a half dozen other productions. Film credits include The Thomas Crown Affair, Devil’s Advocate. Television credits include “Rescue Me,” “The Good Wife,” “Waterfront,” “Third Watch,” “The Sopranos,” “Law and Order,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “High Life” and “New York News.”
Michael T. Weiss (John) is a native of Chicago, and studied acting at The Second City. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from The University of Southern California's School of Drama. On the New York stage, Weiss recently starred in The Pulitzer Prize Finalist, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, and appeared on Broadway with Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons in the new play Impressionism directed by Jack O’Brien. He received a Drama Desk nomination for his work in The Atlantic Theater Company's production of Scarcity by Lucy Thurber and spent two seasons with The Huntington Theater Company in Boston playing Pale in Landford Wilson's Burn This and Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and in Los Angeles in a new work by Tanya Harding, Of Equal Measure, for the Center Theater Group. His feature film credits include Sex and the City 2; the Oliver Stone produced cult hit film Freeway opposite Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland, and Amanda Plummer, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival; Jeffrey, based on Paul Rudnick's Off-Broadway hit play of the same name, alongside Patrick Stewart, Steven Weber, Sigourney Weaver, Olympia Dukakis and Nathan Lane; the New Line feature film Bones, with Pam Grier and Snoop Dogg; and the independent films Net Worth, Until The Night, Marmalade, and Iowa, for which he received the Best Actor Award at the Midwest Film Festival, and was featured at the Tribeca Film Festival. His television credits are numerous with many Telefilms, guest stars and lead roles. Currently he is portraying a corrupt cop on “Blue Bloods” for CBS. He is well known for his portrayal of Jarod on the NBC hit “The Pretender” playing 80 different characters. Weiss is also an artist whose works have been shown in Los Angeles. As a playwright, his play Streams of Consciousness was produced at The Met Theater in Los Angeles. As an environmental activist, Weiss served on the Board of Directors for the Earth Communications Office. He resides in Los Angeles and New York.
Wilson Milam (Director) U.S. credits include Martin McDonough’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Mark Taper Forum, LA; Atlantic/Lyceum, New York– Tony Award Nomination for Best Director), God of Carnage, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Seafarer (Seattle Rep), Poor Beast in the Rain (Matrix), Closer (Berkeley Rep), Bug (Woolly Mammoth), Tracy Letts’ Killer Joe (Next Theatre, Chicago; 29th Street Rep/Soho Playhouse, New York), Pot Mom (Steppenwolf), and The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (A Red Orchid, Chicago). UK and Ireland credits include Harvest, Flesh Wound, Fresh Kills (Royal Court); Lay Me Down Softly, Defender of the Faith, On Such As We (Abbey, Dublin); Othello (Shakespeare's Globe); The Lieutenant of Inishmore (RSC Stratford/Barbican/Garrick); Hurlyburly (The Peter Hall Company at the Old Vic/Queens); True West (Bristol Old Vic); A Lie of the Mind (Donmar Warehouse); The Wexford Trilogy (Tricycle); Chimps (Liverpool Playhouse); Bug (Gate, London); Killer Joe (Traverse/Bush/Vaudeville– Scotsman Fringe First Award). Other: Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka (BBC1).
David Hay (Playwright) Hay’s play The Maddening Truth, about legendary writer Martha Gellhorn, had a successful Off-Broadway run at the Clurman Theatre. Produced by the Keen Company and hailed by The New York Times as “a fascinating portrait,” the production starred Lisa Emery. A graduate of the UCLA Film Theater and Television School and a renowned cultural critic, Mr. Hay has also written and directed three films, including Dirt Cheap.
Andy Sandberg (Producer) is a director, actor, writer, and Tony Award-winning producer. On Broadway and London’s West End, Andy has been a producer of the hit revival of HAIR (2009 Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle Awards). In the fall of 2009, Andy produced the New York premiere of Morris Panych’s Vigil, starring Tony Award-nominees Malcolm Gets and Helen Stenborg. Recent/Upcoming Projects: The Last Smoker in America, a new musical by Tony Award-nominee Bill Russell and Drama Desk nominee Peter Melnick; Paradise Found, a new musical co-directed by Hal Prince and Susan Stroman (Menier Chocolate Factory), Operation Epsilon, a new play by Alan Brody, and Shida, a new musical by Jeannette Bayardelle. B.A. Yale University.
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