James Joyce's The Dead -- Press Release


COMPLETE CASTING IS ANNOUNCED FOR
THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE NEW MUSICAL PLAY

JAMES JOYCE'S THE DEAD

OPENING PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS' 1999-2000 SEASON
PRODUCED BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT WITH
GREGORY MOSHER and ARIELLE TEPPER


CHRISTOPHER WALKEN, BLAIR BROWN,

STEPHEN SPINELLA, SALLY ANN HOWES, MARNI NIXON,

ALICE RIPLEY, EMILY SKINNER, DAISY EAGAN,

BRIAN DAVIES, PADDY CROFT, JOHN KELLY,

DASHIELL EAVES & BROOKE SUNNY MORIBER

TO STAR FOR SIX WEEKS ONLY


Performances To Begin Friday, October 1st;
Opening Night Set For Thursday, October 28th;
Limited Engagement Through Sunday, November 14th

Casting is complete for the World Premiere of the new musical play JAMES JOYCE'S THE DEAD, which will open the 1999-2000 Mainstage season of Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director), produced by special arrangement with Gregory Mosher and Arielle Tepper. Based on Joyce's classic short story from his celebrated "Dubliners" collection, JAMES JOYCE'S THE DEAD will begin performances Friday, October 1st, with an Opening Night set for Thursday, October 28th at 7:00 PM. This strictly limited engagement will play through Sunday, November 14th at Playwrights Horizons' Anne G. Wilder Theater (416 West 42nd Street).

Directed by Tony Award-winner Jack Hofsiss (The Elephant Man), JAMES JOYCE'S THE DEAD has a book by playwright Richard Nelson (Goodnight Children Everywhere and Two Shakespearean Actors), music by one of Ireland's most acclaimed composers, Shaun Davey (Waking Ned Devine), and lyrics by Mr. Davey and Mr. Nelson. Seán Curran, of the celebrated Seán Curran Company, will be the choreographer of JAMES JOYCE'S THE DEAD.

The 13-member cast will include stage and screen star Christopher Walken (House of Blue Leaves, The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction and the current Illuminata) as Gabriel Conroy, stage and television star Blair Brown (Cabaret, Arcadia, "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd") as Gretta Conroy, two-time Tony Award-winner Stephen Spinella (Angels in America) as Freddy Malins, Sally Ann Howes (Eliza in the original Broadway production of My Fair Lady, replacing Julie Andrews, and the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) as Aunt Julia, film legend Marni Nixon (the singing voice for the leading ladies of the films West Side Story, The King & I and My Fair Lady) as Aunt Kate, 1998 Tony Award nominees Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner (nominated jointly as Best Actress in a Musical for Side Show) as Miss Molly Ivors and Mary Jane respectively, Tony Award-winner Daisy Eagan (The Secret Garden) as Rita and Young Julia, Brian Davies (Hero in Broadway's original Forum and Rolf in the original The Sound of Music) as Mr. Browne, veteran stage actress Paddy Croft (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Grandchild of Kings, Plough and the Stars) as Mrs. Malins, Obie and Bessie award-winning performance artist John Kelly as tenor Bartell D'Arcy, Dashiell Eaves (the Broadway revivals of 1776 and The Sound of Music) as Michael and Brooke Sunny Moriber (Parade, Les Misérables) as Lily.

Joyce's brilliant short story, the last in his book Dubliners, is set at the Christmas party of Gabriel Conroy's (Walken) music-loving aunts, where three generations gather each year for a holiday feast. This year, a guest's song awakens a memory for Gabriel's wife (Brown) and revives a long-buried passion.

JAMES JOYCE'S THE DEAD will feature scenic design by David Jenkins (The Elephant Man, Two Shakespearean Actors), costumes by 12-time Tony Award nominee Jane Greenwood (The Heiress, Master Class, The Sisters Rosensweig), lighting by two-time Tony Award-winner Jennifer Tipton (Jerome Robbins' Broadway, The Cherry Orchard, Sophisticated Ladies), sound by Scott Lehrer and orchestrations by Mr. Davey. Charles Prince will be the musical director.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Tim Sanford, PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS is a writer's theater dedicated to the support and development of contemporary American playwrights, composers and lyricists, and to the production of their new work. In its 28 years, Playwrights Horizons has presented the work of more than 300 writers and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Outstanding productions include William Finn's March of the Falsettos, Christopher Durang's Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You and the recent hit production of his comedy Betty's Summer Vacation, Jon Robin Baitz's The Substance of Fire, Scott McPherson's Marvin's Room, A.R. Gurney's Later Life, Adam Guettel and Tina Landau's Floyd Collins and Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley's Violet, as well as three Pulitzer Prize winners: Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Sunday in the Park with George, Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy and Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles.

Performances for JAMES JOYCE'S THE DEAD will be Tuesdays through Fridays at 8:00 PM, Saturdays at 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Tickets are $50.00 and can be purchased by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 (from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM daily) or visiting the Ticket Central Box Office (416 West 42nd Street). Please note the following exceptions to the performance schedule: there will be additional performances on Wednesday, October 20th at 2:00 PM and Monday, October 25th at 8:00 PM and no performances on Saturday, October 23rd.

In addition to single tickets, subscriptions are available for Playwrights Horizons' entire 1999-2000 Mainstage Season. Following JAMES JOYCE'S THE DEAD, the season will feature the New York premiere of Kira Obolensky's surreal comedy Lobster Alice, the World Premiere of a new play by Tony Award-winner James Lapine and a new American musical, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, with book, music and lyrics by Kirsten Childs, the acclaimed recipient of The Jonathan Larson Award, Edward Kleban Award for Lyrics and Richard Rodgers Development Award. For more information on tickets or subscriptions, call Ticket Central or visit www.playwrightshorizons.org.

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BIOGRAPHIES

BLAIR BROWN (Gretta Conroy). Theater: Cabaret, Arcadia (Lincoln Center), Threepenny Opera, The Secret Rapture, Comedy of Errors, (Public Theater), Plenty (Arena Stage), The Merchant of Venice, The Crucible and School for Scandal (Guthrie Theatre) and The Skin of Our Teeth (Old Globe Theatre and live on PBS' "American Playhouse"). Television: "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" (five Emmy nominations, Cable Ace Award for Best Actress in a Dramatic Series), "Feds," numerous TV films and mini-series including "Eleanor and Franklin," "Kennedy" and "The Captains and the Kings," "A Flash of Green, " "Space," "Hands of a Stranger," "Extreme Closeup," "Lethal Innocence" and for Lifetime: "Talk It Over," "Majority Rule," "Convictions." Film: Strapless, Passed Away, Stealing Home, Altered States, Continental Divide, A Flash of Green and the soon-to-be-released The Astronaut's Wife.

XXX (Gabriel Conroy)

STEPHEN SPINELLA (Freddy Malins) was honored with two Tony Awards as well as two Drama Desk Awards for his performances as Prior Walter in the two parts of Tony Kushner's Angels in America. Most recently, he was seen in the Roundabout's production of A View from the Bridge (directed by Michael Mayer). Off-Broadway appearances include Troilus and Cressida (Bayfield Award), David Rabe's A Question of Mercy (directed by Doug Hughes at New York Theatre Workshop), Hydriotaphia, A Bright Room Called Day and Heavenly Theatre (all written and directed by Tony Kushnier), Love! Valour! Compassion! (directed by Joe Mantello) for which he received an Obie Award, The Taming of the Shrew and The Illusion (directed by Brian Kulick). His regional credits include The Cryptogram, Tartuffe, The Miser, King Lear, Waiting for Godot, Serious Money, 7 One Acts by Beckett and Major Barbara. Film and TV: And the Band Played On, Faithful, Virtuosity, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Jackel, Great Expectations, What the Deaf Man Heard, Ravenous and Tim Robbins' The Cradle Will Rock.

SALLY ANN HOWES (Aunt Julia)

MARNI NIXON (Aunt Kate)

ALICE RIPLEY (Miss Molly Ivors) Broadway: Side Show (Violet Hilton/Tony & Drama Desk Award nominations as Leading Actress in a Musical); Les Misérables (Fantine); Sunset Boulevard (Betty Schaeffer/Original Broadway Cast), Alan Menken & Tim Rice's King David (Bathsheba/Original Broadway Cast); The Who's Tommy (Original Broadway Cast); Li'l Abner (Daisy Mae/City Center Encores!). Off-Broadway: Bright Lights, Big City (Megan/New York Theater Workshop); Cather County (Nelly Bly/Playwright's Horizons). Regional: White Linen (Old Globe); Six Women with Brain Death (San Diego Rep); Sweeney Todd (North Shore); Silent Edward (La Jolla); Showboat (San Diego CLO). Recordings: Original Broadway Cast recordings of Side Show, King David and The Who's Tommy and Broadway Duets on Varese Sarabande.

(TOM ALDREDGE?) (Mr. Browne)

PADDY CROFT (Mrs. Maslins). Broadway: Major Barbara, Crown Matrimonial, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Off-Broadway: Grandchild of Kings, Shadow of a Gunman, Plough and the Stars, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Hogan's Goat, Philadelphia Here I Come!, The Hostage. Regional: Guthrie, Long Wharf, Yale, McCarter and Hartford. Film: Masquerade, Benecker Gang, Just Tell Me What You Want and Deadline. TV: "Law & Order," "The Wright Verdicts" and "Glory Enough For All."

JOHN KELLY (Bartell D'Arcy)

XXX (Mary Jane)

DAISY EAGAN (Rita/Young Julia)

DASHIELL EAVES (Michael) appeared in the original casts of last seasons Broadway revivals of The Sound of Music (as Rolf) and Roundabout's 1776 (as the Courier). He spent three years working with the British percussion troupe STOMP at Off-Broadway's Orpheum Theatre and in other places. Some appearances with STOMP include "The Late Show with David Letterman" (with Savion Glover), the Academy Awards, the "Mr. Frears Ears" series for Nickeloden and the HBO film STOMP Out Loud. Dash recently worked on his first major film, Toni Morrision's Beloved, directed by Jonathan Demme.

BROOKE SUNNY MORIBER (Lily). Lincoln Center Theater: Parade, Violet (workshop). Broadway: Les Misérables, Aspects of Love. Off-Broadway: Hazelwood Jr. High. Other theater: The Nutcracker (City Center), workshops for The Public Theater, Manhattan Theater Club, The Director's Company, Playwrights Horizons. Film: A Town's Revenge. Television: "As The World Turns," "Swift Justice," commercials. Duplex Night Club vocalist.

RICHARD NELSON's (Book, Lyrics and Adaptation) most recent play, Goodnight Children Everywhere, enjoyed an extended run at Playwrights Horizons. His other works include Two Shakespearean Actors, Some Americans Abroad, The General From America and New England, among many others. He is an Honorary Artist of The Royal Shakespeare Company.

SHAUN DAVEY (Music and Lyrics). Irish composer Shaun Davey wrote the score for the hit film Waking Ned Devine. He wrote the musical scores for the RSC's recent production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe; London's National Theatre production of Mutabilitie and The Abbey Theatre's productions of Angels in America and The Crucible, among others. His numerous symphonic works, including the highly-acclaimed "Relief of Derry Symphony," are performed all over the world.

JACK HOSFISS (Director) won the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Obie, L.A. Drama Critics and New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for his direction of The Elephant Man. Other Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include My Night With Reg, The Shadow Box, The Subject Was Roses and The Sum of Us.

DAVID JENKINS (Scenic Design) has worked extensively throughout North America and Great Britain. His New York designs include The Changing Room, The Elephant Man, Piaf, I Ought To Be in Pictures, The Student Prince, The Art of Dining, Poor Little Lambs, Talk Radio, Stepping Out, Sherlock's Last Case, The Subject Was Roses, The Common Pursuit, Quartermaine's Terms, Candida, Other People's Money, Seconds Out, The Music Man, Two Shakespearean Actors, No Man's Land, Taking Sides and The Herbal Bed.

JANE GREENWOOD (Costume Design) has been nominated for 12[?] Tony Awards. Broadway: The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Once Upon a Mattress, A Delicate Balanace, Master Class, Passion, She Loves Me, The Ballad of the Sad Café, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Richard Burton's Hamlet, A Moon for the Bisbegotten, Same Time Next Year, California Suite, Medea, Plenty, Heartbreak House, The Heiress, The Sisters Rosensweig, Two Shakespearean Actors, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, The Scarlet Pimpernel. Off-Broadway: London Suite, Sylvia, Death Defying Acts, AfterPlay, Vita & Virginia, The Lisbon Traviata, Lips Together Teeth Apart. Metropolitan Opera: Dialogue of the Cormelites. Film: Arthur, The Four Seasons, Can't Stop the Music, 84 Charing Cross Road, Glengarry Glenn Ross.

JENNIFER TIPTON (Lighting Design) is well-known for her work in theater, dance and opera. Her work in the theater has won her an American Theater Wing Award, a Drama Desk Award, an Obie and two Tony's, the latter for Jerome Robbins' Broadway and The Cherry Orchard. She was also Tony-nominated for her work on Sophisticated Ladies and La Bête. She has won two Bessie Awards for lighting dance and her work in that field includes pieces choreographed by Mikhail Barishnikov, Jiri Kylian, Dana Reitz, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp and Dan Wagoner, among many others. Ms. Tipton teaches lighting at the Yale School of Drama.

PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS, under the leadership of Artistic Director Tim Sanford, is a writer's theater dedicated to the support and development of contemporary American playwrights, composers and lyricists, and to the production of their new work. Playwrights Horizons continues to encourage the new work of veteran writers while nurturing an emerging generation of artists. In its 28 years, Playwights Horizons has presented over 350 writers and is the recipient of numerous awards and hours. Outstanding productions include Christopher Durang's comedies Betty's Summer Vacation and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, Richard Nelson's Goodnight Children Everywhere, William Finn's March of the Falsettos, Jon Robin Baitz's The Substance of Fire, Scott McPherson's Marvin's Room, A.R. Gurney's Later Life, Adam Guettel and Tina Landau's Floyd Collins, Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley's Violet, as well as three Pulitzer Prize winners: Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Sunday in the Park with George, Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy and Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles. Playwrights Horizons auxiliary programs include the Playwrights Horizons Theater School, which is affiliated with NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and Ticket Central, a central box office that supports the Off-Broadway performing arts community. Playwrights Horizons is sponsored in part by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the new York States Council on the Arts (a State Agency) and the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of New York.

GREGORY MOSHER. Theater: over 160 plays at Lincoln Center Theater, the Goodman Theater, on and Off-broadway, at the Royal National Theatre and on the West End as producer and often director. Productions, mostly of new work, include Hurlyburly, Six Degrees of Separation, Anything Goes, The Woza Afrika! Festival, Sarafina!, Our Town, Waiting for Godot (directed by Mike Nichols), Swimming to Cambodia, Monster in a Box, John Leguizamos' Freak, numerous Richard Nelson premieres, Arthur Miller premieres, Tennessee Williams' final full-length play and more than 20 Mamet premieres, beginning with American Buffalo (producer). Recipient of every major American theatre award, including two Tonys.

ARIELLE TEPPER


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