Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Playwrights Horizons' RANCHO VIEJO
Playwrights Horizons will soon presnt Rancho Viejo, the world premiere of a new play by Dan LeFranc (The Big Meal at Playwrights, Sixty Miles to Silver Lake, In the Labyrinth) and directed by three-time Obie Award winner Daniel Aukin (Placebo, This at Playwrights; Fool For Love; Bad Jews; 4000 Miles; [sic]). Commissioned by Playwrights Horizons, Rancho Viejo will be the third production of the theater company's 2016/2017 Season.
The nine-member cast of Rancho Viejo will feature Ruth Aguilar (The Orientation, CNN's "The Hunt"), Obie Award winner Mark Blum (After the Revolution, Gus and Al, Table Settings at Playwrights; Broadway's The Assembled Parties, The Best Man; "Mozart in the Jungle"), Bill Buell (On the Bum, Kin at Playwrights; Broadway's Cyrano de Bergerac, The History Boys; "Boardwalk Empire"), Ethan Dubin (the current Shear Madness, Regionally in The Whale, John Guare's His Girl Friday), seven-time Emmy Award nominee Julia Duffy (Broadway's Once in a Lifetime, Stephanie Vanderkellen on "Newhart," Allison Sugarbaker on "Designing Women," "Looking," "Scream Queens"), Tyrone Mitchell Henderson (Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk; The America Play; The Piano Lesson; "House of Cards"; "Orange Is the New Black"), Lusia Strus(The Retributionists at Playwrights, Enron, 50 First Dates, "Modern Family"), Academy Award and Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Mare Winningham (After the Revolution at Playwrights, Georgia, Casa Valentina, "George Wallace") and Mark Zeisler (A View From the Bridge, Piece of My Heart, eurydice, "The Americans" ), as well as the canine talents of Marti (Annie, The Open House).
The production will begin previews Friday, November 11 with an Opening Night set for Tuesday, December 6 at the company's Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street). The limited engagement is currently scheduled to play through Friday, December 23.
We never meet young Richie and Lonna, whose marriage is on the rocks. But miles and miles away, in the affluent southwestern suburb where their parents live, this couple's separation is disturbing the tranquility of a community they've barely met. In Dan LeFranc's comedy of anxiety and awkward neighbors, the residents of Rancho Viejo drift from one gathering to the next, wrestling life's grandest themes while fending off existential despair - set against the lustful, yearning strains of a distant bolero.
Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski
Bill Buell, Ruth Aguilar
Bill Buell, Ruth Aguilar
Ethan Dubin and Marti
Bill Berloni and Marti