Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Casting for O'Neill New Musicals, Plays

Casting for O'Neill New Musicals, Plays
Frank Rizzo
on June 10, 2009 8:49 PM

Candy Buckley, (TheaterWorks' "The Little Dog Laughed"), Mary Birdsong, Jeffrey Carlson, Christopher J. Hanke are featured in the cast of the new musical "Tales of the City," which will be in development at the National Music Theater Conference at the theater center.

Public readings for the work-in-progress are July 4, 5, 8 and 11. The musical, directed by Jason Moore ("Avenue Q"), also features Diane David, John Jellison, Steve Kazee, Jose Llana, Matt McGrath and Kristine Zbornik.

The musical version of "Picnic at Hanging Rock," which will be presented June 28 and 28 and July 1 and 3, features Laila Robins, Whitney Bashor, Charlie Brady, Matt Doyle, Jessica Grove, Veronica Kuehn, Hannah Laird, Anne Letscher, Anne Nathan, Lauren Nolan, Sarah Shahinian, Nick Sullivan, Kate Wetherhead, Jessica-Snow Wilson, Lauren Worsham and Valerie Wright*.

Over at the National Playwrights Conference casting is also set.

Johanna Day (Hartford Stage's "Peter and Jerry"), Dick Latessa (Broadway's "Hairspray"), Alan Ruck, Lynn Cohen (off-Broadway's "Chasing Manet") and Sue Jean Kim are featured in Julia Cho's "The Language Archive," directed by Mark Brokow. Readings are July 4 and 5.

Brandon Dirden, Suehyla El-Attarcq, and Kevin Geer are cast in "Fire Work" by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Sean Daniels. Readings are July 9 and 10.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Nilo Cruz' new play "The Color of Desire" will feature Day, Alma Cuervo, Maria Cellario, Mike Doyle, Rey Lucas and Stephen Schnetzer. The play, staged by conference director Wendy Goldberg, plays July 11 and 12.

Karen Briscoe, Matt D'Amic*, Stephen Ellis, Evan Enderle, Kevin Geer, Ben Gunderson and Karak Osborn are cast in Gregory Moss' "House of Gold", directed by Sarah Benson. The show is performed July 16 and 17.

Ryan King (Hartford Stage's "Dying City"), Michelle Beck, Scott Drummond and Makela Spielman are cast in Josh Tobiessen's "Spoon Lake Blues, directed by Kyle Donnelly, presented on July 18 and 19

Craig Bockhorn, Christian Conn, Emily Donahoe and Matt Rausch are featured in Emily Schwend's "Carthage," directed by Davis McCallum, on July 23 and 24.

Abbie Spallen's "Bogwog" features King , Dane Dehaan, Birgit Huppuch and Rachel Leslie. The show, directed by David Esbjomson, plays July 25 and 26.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets and information: 860-443-1238 and

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