Kelli O'Hara Leads FAR FROM HEAVEN, Judith Ivey Headlines THE GREAT GOD PAN at Playwrights Horizons
Playwrights Horizons, under the leadership of Artistic Director Tim Sanford and Managing Director Leslie Marcus, has announced additional casting for its 2012/2013 Season. Four-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O'Hara and two-time Tony Award winner Judith Ivey join previously-announced Oscar and two-time Tony Award nominee Amy Ryan and Emmy Award nominee David Schwimmer for the Playwrights Horizons 2012/2013 Season at the theater company's home at 416 West 42nd Street.
One of Broadway's leading musical stars, Kelli O'Hara (Tony-nominated for her acclaimed performances in The Light in the Piazza, The Pajama Game, South Pacific and the current Nice Work If You Can Get It) returns to Playwrights Horizons for the first time since starring in the World Premiere of the new musical My Life with Albertine in 2003. She will headline the cast of FAR FROM HEAVEN, the World Premiere of a new musical featuring book by Tony Award winner & two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out, Three Days of Rain), music by Tony Award nominee Scott Frankel (Grey Gardens at PH, Happiness), lyrics by Tony Award nominee Michael Korie (Grey Gardens at PH, The Grapes of Wrath, Happiness) and directed by three-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Grey Gardens at PH, Rent, Next to Normal, The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide…). The musical is based on the Focus Features / Vulcan Productions motion picture Far From Heaven, written and directed by Todd Haynes.
FAR FROM HEAVEN was commissioned by Playwrights Horizons under the auspices of the Playwrights Horizons Musicals in Partnership Initiative with leadership funding provided by the The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Through this initiative, the musical will have a Preview Production run at the Williamstown Theatre Festival this summer, also featuring Ms. O'Hara. The production will begin performances at Playwrights Horizons in May 2013.
Two-time Tony Award winner Judith Ivey (for Steaming and Hurlyburly, additional nomination for Park Your Car in Harvard Yard) will make her Playwrights Horizons debut in the World Premiere of THE GREAT GOD PAN, a new play by Obie Award winner Amy Herzog (After the Revolution at PH, 4000 Miles), directed by Carolyn Cantor (After the Revolution and Essential Self-Defense at PH, Pumpgirl, Orange Flower Water). The production will begin performances in November 2012.
In addition to FAR FROM HEAVEN and THE GREAT GOD PAN, the four other productions of the 2012/2013 Season will be:
DETROIT – the New York premiere of a new play by Lisa D'Amour (2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist for this play, 2011 Steinberg Playwright Award winner for her body of work, Obie Award winner for Nita and Zita), directed by Obie Award winner Anne Kauffman (Maple and Vine at Playwrights Horizons, The Thugs, Stunning, Naked Angels' This Wide Night), featuring Oscar and Tony Award nominee Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone, "The Office," On the Mountain at Playwrights Horizons) and Emmy Award nominee David Schwimmer ("Friends," "Band of Brothers," Playwrights Horizons debut). DETROIT will be the first production of the season, beginning performances on Friday, August 24, 2012 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater,