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George Street Playhouse Announces Cast for "The Second Mrs. Wilson"

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originally published: 10/21/2015

George Street Playhouse Announces Cast for "The Second Mrs. Wilson"(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) ---  George Street Playhouse has announced the Award-Winning cast of Joe DiPietro’s The Second Mrs. Wilson, to run at the New Brunswick theatre November 10-29.  JOHN GLOVER, a Tony Award winner for Love! Valour! Compassion! also known to TV audiences for portraying Lionel Luthor on the long-running television series, Smallville, and LAILA ROBINS, well known for a role in the hit drama Homeland and for frequent performances at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, headline a cast featuring a number of veteran actors of stage and screen in this fascinating look at the real-life events in which a woman became the de facto President of the United States.  GORDON EDELSTEIN, Artistic Director of Long Wharf Theatre, helms the production.

Tony Award winners MICHAEL McGRATH and STEPHEN SPINELLA join SHERMAN HOWARD, RICHMOND HOXIE and STEPHEN BARKER TURNER in rounding out the stellar cast.

“These actors are among the finest working today,” said George Street Playhouse Artistic Director David Saint.  “I am thrilled to welcome them and the very talented Gordon Edelstein to George Street, and into the world of this remarkable play by our good friend Joe DiPietro.“

Creating the world of the play are scenic designer Alexander Dodge (Tony Award nominations for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Present Laughter); costume designer Linda Cho (Tony Award winner for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder); lighting designer Ben Stanton (Tony Award nomination for Fun Home) and sound designer John Gromada (Tony Award nominee for The Trip to Bountiful).

Individual tickets, starting at $28 are now on sale, as are subscription and flexible admission packages.  Contact the George Street Playhouse Box Office at 732-246-7717 or visit www.GSPonline.org for tickets and information.  George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue in heart of New Brunswick’s vibrant downtown dining and entertainment district, steps away from plentiful parking and dining options for every palate and pocketbook.  Consult www.GSPonline.org when planning your trip for helpful parking tips and restaurant recommendations.

ABOUT THE CAST:  

John Glover (President Woodrow Wilson) created the role of Woodrow Wilson in the play’s world premiere at Long Wharf Theatre. Shakespeare in the Park: Much Ado About Nothing. Broadway: MacbethDeath of a SalesmanThe Royal FamilyWaiting for Godot (Tony nomination), The Drowsy ChaperoneLove! Valour! Compassion!(Tony and Obie Awards), The Great God Brown (Drama Desk Award). Off-Broadway: Nikolai and The OthersThe Atmosphere of MemorySecrets of the TradeThe Marriage of Bette and BooThe Paris Letter (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Drama League Nominations), Sorrows and RejoicingsGive Me Your Answer, Do!  Long Wharf Theatre: The Skin of Our TeethYegor BulychevThe Doctors DilemmaJuno and the Paycock, TV: 5 Emmy Nominations. Film: Love! Valour! Compassion!ScroogedBatman and RobinGremlins IIJulia, and Annie Hall.  

Sherman Howard (Senator Henry Cabot Lodge) Broadway: All My Sons and Inherit The Wind.  Off-Broadway: Another Part of the Forest (Peccadillo Theatre), Tell Out My Soul (Public Theatre), Geography of a Horse Dreamer, The Lady Or the Tiger, The Crate (EST), Im Not Rappaport (Roundabout).  National Tour: Sweet Bird of Youth (with Lauren Bacall). Regional: The Price (Pittsburgh Public), Sheridan (La Jolla), Nine Armenians (Intiman ), The Front Page, Andronicus: A Space Musical, Getting Out (Actors Theatre of Louisville), The Contractor, The Collection, The Merchant of Venice (ACT). Television: Seinfeld, ER, Cold Case, Star Trek, Superboy, The Stand, Op Center, Good and Evil, Law and Order, et al.

Richmond Hoxie (Vice President Thomas Marshall) performed on Broadway and the national tour of I’m Not Rappaport.  His other national tour credit is Butley. He appeared Off Broadway in The Film SocietyLenin’s EmbalmersThe Dining RoomVienna: Lusthaus (revisited)Landscape with WaitressJusticeLouis Slotin SonataWaiting for Godot, and Angel Street. His regional performances include Light Up the Sky (La Jolla Playhouse), The Crucible (Hartford Stage), AmadeusTwelve Angry Men, and Secret Order (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Travels with My Aunt (Seattle Repertory Theatre), Inspecting Carol (Bay Street Theater), and Loot and Council of Thirty (George Street Playhouse). His film work includes JFK, Still of the Night, For Love or Money, and My Own Love Song.  His television credits include Boardwalk Empire, China Beach, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Christine Cromwell, LA Law, Cosby and others.

Michael McGrath (Secretary Joe Tumulty) won a Tony Award for his performance in Nice Work If You Can Get It on Broadway.  Other Broadway credits include Born YesterdayMemphis, Is He Dead?, Spamalot (Tony Award nomination), Wonderful TownLittle MeSwinging On A Star (Theatre World Award), The Goodbye Girl and My Favorite Year.  Michael also appeared in the City Center Encores! productions of FolliesThe Boys from Syracuse, and DuBarry Was A Lady.  His off-Broadway credits include: The CocoanutsThe Butter And Egg ManGame ShowLouisiana Purchase and Forbidden Broadway.  Michael has appeared on television in The Martin Short Show.  His film credits include: The InterpreterChanging Lanes and Ira and Abby.

Laila Robins (Edith Bolling Galt) Broadway: Heartbreak HouseFrozen (Lucille Lortell nomination for Best Supporting Actress), The Herbal Bed and The Real Thing. Off-Broadway and national tour: Mrs. Klein, opposite Uta Hagen (Joseph Jefferson Award; Helen Hayes Award nomination); New York credits: Anthony and CleopatraSore Throats (Lucille Lortell Award nomination for Best Actress), The Film Society,Tiny Alice, The Merchant of Venice  (Calloway Award), The Extra Man andBloody Poetry.  Eleven Seasons at Shakespeare Theatre of NJ including  A Streetcar Named DesireThe Cherry Orchard, Macbeth, King John, Three Sisters, The Homecoming, Electra, The Comedy of Errors, Arms and the Man, The Seagull and Twelfth Night.Regional credits: Hedda Gabler, Summer and Smoke, Antony and Cleopatra and the world premiere of Arthur Miller’s Resurrection Blues(Guthrie Theater); Skylight (Mark Taper Forum; Drama-Logue Award); A Streetcar Named Desire (Steppenwolf Theatre; Jefferson Award); and Fictionand Fool for Love (McCarter Theatre). Film and television credits include:Homeland; Murder in the First; Person of Interest; Damages; Blue Bloods; The Good Wife; The Good Shepherd (directed by Robert De Niro); True Crime; Planes, Trains and Automobiles; Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael; Bored to Death; In Treatment; God in America; 30 Rock; Gabriel’s FireBook of Daniel; Sex and the City; all three Law & Orders; and The Sopranos.  She received her M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama, and coaches privately in NYC.

Stephen Spinella (Colonel Edward House) is a two-time Tony Award winner who has performed in Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Angels in America: PerestroikaA View from the Bridge and Spring Awakening.  His TV work includes Royal Pains, Desperate Housewives and 24, and his film credits include Cradle Will Rock and Love! Valour! Compassion! (with John Glover).

Stephen Barker Turner (Dr. Grayson)  Off-Broadway: Michael Frayn’s Benefactors, The Keen Company; Race, Classic Stage Company; All My Sons, Roundabout Theatre Company; Richard III, All’s Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, New York Shakespeare Festival; A Letter from Ethel Kennedy, MCC Theater; Lips, Primary Stages. Regional: Premieres of Dead Accounts, The Scene and The Novelist, all by Theresa Rebeck; premieres of The Evildoers by David Adjmi and Compulsion by Rinne Groff, both at Yale Repertory Theatre; premiere of Gina Gionfriddo’s After Ashley, Humana Festival; among others. Television & Film: Seducing Charlie Barker (based on Rebeck’s The Scene), Cosmopolitan, We Pedal Uphill, Blair Witch 2, Warrior Class, Body of Proof (ABC); Blue Bloods (CBS); all three Law and Order franchises (NBC); Sex and the City (HBO); Hack (CBS); Swift Justice (UPN); One Life to Live and All My Children (ABC), among others.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:

Joe DiPietro is thrilled to be returning to George Street for his fifth show.  Previously at George Street: The Toxic Avenger, Creating Claire, Clever Little Lies and Ernest Shackleton Loves Me.  He is a two-time Tony Award winner for Memphis, which also received the 2010 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical.  He received a Tony nomination & Drama Desk Award for Nice Work If You Can Get It.   His Clever Little Lies, which stars Marlo Thomas and premiered at GSP in 2013, recently opened off-Broadway under the direction of GSP Artistic Director David Saint.  Another recent work,

Living on Love, a comedy starring Renée Fleming, debuted on Broadway earlier this year.  He also wrote the long-running off-Broadway hits, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and Over the River and Through the Woods.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Gordon Edelstein is in his 13th season as Long Wharf Theatre’s Artistic Director. In addition to his recent work on the world premiere of Athol Fugard’s Have You Seen Us? and his own adaptation of A Doll’s House, Mr. Edelstein directed Coming Home at Berkeley Rep and Long Wharf Theatre’s production of The Glass Menagerie, starring Judith Ivey, at the Roundabout Theatre.  As a director, he has garnered three Connecticut Critics Circle Awards and during his tenure at Long Wharf, the theatre has produced world premieres by Athol Fugard, Paula Vogel, Craig Lucas, Julia Cho, Noah Haidle, Dael Orlandersmith, and Anna Deavere Smith. Over the course of his career, he has also directed and/or produced premieres by Philip Glass, Arthur Miller, Paula Vogel, Donald Margulies, James Lapine, Charles Mee, Mac Wellman, and Martin McDonagh, among many others, and has directed an extremely diverse body of work from Sophocles to Pinter, and from Shakespeare to Beckett.

 

ABOUT GEORGE STREET PLAYHOUSE:

In the 42 years since its founding, George Street Playhouse has become a nationally recognized theatre, presenting an acclaimed mainstage season while providing an artistic home for established and emerging theatre artists.  Its leadership consists of Artistic Director David Saint, Resident Artistic Director Michael Mastro and Managing Director Kelly Ryman.  Founded in 1974, the Playhouse has been well represented by numerous productions both on and off-Broadway – recent productions include the Outer Critics’ Circle Best Musical Award-winner The Toxic Avenger; the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League nominated production of The Spitfire Grill; and the recent Broadway hit and Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof by David Auburn, which was developed at GSP during the 1999 Next Stage Series of new plays.  In 2015, George Street Playhouse has been represented by two productions in New York: the recent Broadway production of It Shoulda Been You, and Joe DiPietro’s Clever Little Lies, which opened off-Broadway in October.  Both shows received their premieres at the Playhouse.   In addition to its mainstage season, GSP’s Touring Educational Theatre features three issue-oriented productions that are seen by more than 40,000 students annually. George Street Playhouse programming is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.  




 
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