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Sofia Jean Gomez and Keira Keeley join Signature’s Angels in America Feb. 1

SOFIA JEAN GOMEZ AND KEIRA KEELEY JOIN

SIGNATURE THEATRE COMPANY’S PRODUCTION OF

TONY KUSHNER’S

ANGELS IN AMERICA

 

RUN EXTENDED FIVE ADDITIONAL WEEKS

THROUGH MARCH 27, 2011

 Signature Theatre Company (Founding Artistic Director James Houghton; Executive Director Erika Mallin) is announcing additional casting for the extension weeks for Tony Kushner’s ANGELS IN AMERICA: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, directed by Michael Greif.   The production, originally slated to run through December 19, 2010 and extended initially through January 30, 2011 and a second time through February 20, 2011, will now play an additional five weeks through Sunday, March 27, 2011.

ANGELS IN AMERICA opened October 28 after beginning previews on September 14 at the Peter Norton Space (555 West 42nd Street). 

 

ANGELS IN AMERICA currently features Robin Bartlett as Hannah Pitt, Christian Borle as Prior Walter, Bill Heck as Joe Pitt, Zoe Kazan as Harper Pitt, Billy Porter as Belize, Zachary Quinto as Louis Ironson, Robin Weigert as The Angel and Frank Wood as Roy Cohn.   

 

Starting February 1, Keira Keeley (2010 Theatre World Award winner for Roundabout’s The Glass Menagerie) will replace Zoe Kazan in the role of Harper Pitt.  Sofia Jean Gomez (Arabian Nights, Creature), will replace Robin Weigert as The Angel.  As previously announced, Adam Driver will replace Zachary Quinto as Louis Ironson and Michael Urie will replace Christian Borle as Prior Walter.   Lynne McCollough will assume the role of Hannah Pitt on Tuesday, January 18, replacing Robin Bartlett.   Original cast members Bill Heck as Joe Pitt, Billy Porter as Belize and Frank Wood as Roy Cohn will continue in their roles for the extension weeks. 

 

Scenic design is by Mark Wendland, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Ben Stanton, sound design by Ken Travis, projection design by Wendall K. Harrington, music by Michael Friedman and Chris Miller, hair and wig design by Charles Lapointe, dialect coaching by Deborah Hecht, fight direction by Rick Sordelet, aerial design by Paul Rubin, make-up by Cookie Jordan, additional costumes by Jeff Mahshie and casting by Telsey + Company.  Production Stage Manager is Monica A. Cuoco and Stage Manager is Joshua Pilote.    

The production of ANGELS IN AMERICA is made possible by a major grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

 

Signature Theatre Company’s 20th Anniversary season celebrating Tony Kushner also features the New York premiere of THE INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL’S GUIDE TO CAPITALISM AND SOCIALISM WITH A KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES, also directed by Michael Greif and co-produced with The Public Theater in association with The Guthrie Theater; and THE ILLUSION, Kushner’s freely adapted version of Pierre Corneille’s L’Illusion Comique, directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Mayer.    

 

The season will also include readings of selected other plays from Tony Kushner’s body of work. Plays under consideration include A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY, TINY KUSHNER (A NEW COLLECTION OF ONE ACTS), IT’S AN UNDOING WORLD, OR WHY SHOULD IT BE EASY WHEN IT CAN BE HARD?, THE HENRY BOX BROWN PLAYHYDRIOTAPHIA, OR THE DEATH OF DR. BROWNE and HOMEBODY/KABUL.

 

Signature Theatre Company, founded in 1991 by James Houghton, exists to honor and celebrate the playwright. Signature makes an extended commitment to a playwright’s body of work and during this journey, the writer is engaged in every aspect of the creative process. Signature is the first theatre company to devote an entire season to the work of a single playwright, including re-examinations of past writings as well as New York and world premieres. By championing in-depth explorations of a living playwright’s body of work, the Company delivers an intimate and immersive journey into the playwright’s singular vision.

 

Signature remains deeply committed to season-long residencies and during the company’s tenth and fifteenth anniversaries, Signature introduced the Legacy Program. The Legacy Program invites past Playwrights-in-Residence back to Signature through two series: the Signature Series, which presents “signature,” or more well-known works; and the Premiere Series, which presents New York and world premieres. Since 2005, Signature has been committed to presenting world-class theatre at an affordable price through The Signature Ticket Initiative, which will offer subsidized $20 tickets through the Company’s twentieth anniversary season in 2011.

 

The Signature Ticket Initiative is made possible by the lead sponsorship of Time Warner Inc.  Generous support for The Signature Ticket Initiative is provided by Margot Adams, in memory of Mason Adams.

 

In October of 2008, Signature announced the creation of the SIGNATURE CENTER, a permanent home to open in early 2012. Designed by Frank Gehry Architects, the Center will comprise three theatres, two rehearsal studios, a café, bookstore, and offices all on one level – a configuration that allows the company not only the space to expand its programming, but also the proximity for natural interaction between artists and audiences of the different programs. In its new home, Signature will continue its Master Playwrights Residency and expand the Legacy Program. Signature will also introduce an Emerging Playwrights Residency that will feature early- and mid-career playwrights and guarantee them three full productions over the course of a four-year residency. This groundbreaking facility will offer a vital presence on West 42nd Street and will make it possible for Signature to collaborate with playwrights throughout the entire trajectory of their careers. For more information please visit signaturecenter.org.

 

BIOGRAPHIES

 

TONY KUSHNER (Playwright).  Plays include A Bright Room Called Day; Angels in America, Parts One and Two; Slavs!; Homebody/KabulCaroline, or Change, a musical with composer Jeanine Tesori; and The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide To Capitalism And Socialism With A Key To The  Scriptures.  He has adapted and translated Pierre Corneille’s The Illusion, S.Y. Ansky’s The Dybbuk, Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Sezuan and Mother Courage and Her Children; and the English-language libretto for the opera Brundibár by Hans Krasa.  He wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols’ film of Angels In America, and Steven Spielberg’s Munich. His books include Brundibar, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak; The Art of Maurice Sendak, 1980 to the Present; and Wrestling With Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict, co-edited with Alisa Solomon. Kushner is the recipient of a Pultizer Prize, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, two Evening Standard Awards, an Olivier Award, an Emmy Award and an Oscar nomination, among other honors.  In 2008, he was the first recipient of the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award.  

 

MICHAEL GREIF (Director) For the Signature: Guare’s A Few Stout Individuals and Landscape of the Body.  Broadway credits include Next to Normal (Tony nom.),  Grey Gardens (Tony nom.), Rent (Tony nom.), Never Gonna Dance. Recent work includes The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures (Guthrie Theater), The Three Sisters (Williamstown), The Winter’s Tale and Romeo and Juliet (NYSF at the Delacorte). Off-Broadway: Satellites, Fucking A, Dogeaters (Obie), Marisol, Pericles, Casanova, A Bright Room Called Day, Machinal (Obie) at NYSF; N2N, Boys’ Life, Spike Heels (Second Stage); A Very Common Procedure, The Distance From Here (MCC); G.G., Spatter Pattern (Playwrights Horizons); Mr. Marmalade (Roundabout); and Beauty of the Father (MTC). At New York Theatre Workshop (Artistic Associate), he directed Cavedweller, Bright Lights, Big City and the original production of Rent (Obie). Favorite regional productions include The Cherry Orchard, The Seagull, Street Scene, Tonight at 8:30, Once in a Lifetime (Williamstown); and Our Town, Sweet Bird of Youth, Boy, Randy Newman’s Faust, Slavs and Thérèse Raquin at La Jolla, where he was artistic director (1995-99).

 

SIGNATURE THEATRE COMPANY (James Houghton, Founding Artistic Director; Erika Mallin, Executive Director) was founded in 1991 by James Houghton and is the first theatre company to devote a season to the work of a single playwright.  Signature has presented entire seasons of Edward Albee, Lee Blessing, Horton Foote, Maria Irene Fornes, John Guare, Bill Irwin, Adrienne Kennedy, Romulus Linney, Charles Mee, Arthur Miller, Sam Shepard, Paula Vogel, August Wilson, Lanford Wilson and the historic Negro Ensemble Company.  The twentieth season features the work of Tony Kushner.  Since 2005, Signature has presented world-class theatre at an affordable price through The Signature Ticket Initiative, offering subsidized $20 tickets through 2011. This program is made possible by the lead sponsorship of Time Warner Inc. Signature, its productions, and its resident writers have been recognized with a Pulitzer Prize, Lucille Lortel Awards, Obie Awards, Drama Desk Awards, and AUDELCO Awards, among many other distinctions.  Signature Theatre Company recently announced a new, permanent home beginning in 2012.  The Frank Gehry-designed Signature Center on W. 42nd Street will feature three programs: the Master Playwrights Residency, which explores major bodies of work; the Legacy Program, which celebrates previous Signature artists, and the Emerging Playwrights Residency, which features early and mid-career playwrights. www.signaturetheatre.org.

 

TICKETS

 

Tickets for all performances are $85.

 

ANGELS IN AMERICA plays:

Tuesday-Friday at 7:30 PM

Saturday at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Sunday at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Wednesday at 2:00PM on January 19, February 9 and March 23

Please visit www.signaturetheatre.org/angels for the full performance calendar.

 

ANGELS IN AMERICA plays at The Peter Norton Space located at 555 West 42nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues).  For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.signaturetheatre.org or call (212) 244-PLAY (7529).   

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