Public Theater's WILD WITH HAPPY Begins Previews 10/9

The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham) will begin previews for the world premiere production of WILD WITH HAPPY, written by Colman Domingo, on Tuesday, October 9 in The Public's LuEsther Theater. Directed by Robert O'Hara, WILD WITH HAPPY runs through Sunday, November 11, with an official press opening on Tuesday, October 23. Tickets are on sale now at (212) 967-7555, www.publictheater.org, or in person at The Public Theater box office.

The complete cast of WILD WITH HAPPY features Colman Domingo (Gil); Korey Jackson (Terry); Maurice McRae (Mo); and Sharon Washington (Adelaide, Aunt Glo).

The Public Theater will also present post-show discussions following select performances with the artists from WILD WITH HAPPY on Wednesday, October 17 and Thursday, October 25. The talkbacks following these performances are included with the price of admission.

From Colman Domingo (a Tony Award nominee for The Scottsboro Boys and an Obie Award winner for Passing Strange) comes a deeply imaginative and utterly outrageous new work that explores the bizarre comedy that lies within death and healing. Gil, an actor who's struggling to carve out his own new life, finds his worlds colliding when his mother dies and he decides to have her cremated. But where should he scatter the ashes? And can he make a fairytale ending for her in the one place that made her wild with happy?

WILD WITH HAPPY features scenic and costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, original music and sound design by Lindsay Jones, and projection design by Aaron Rhyne.

ROBERT O'HARA (Director). For The Public, O'Hara has directed The Brother/Sister Plays (Part 2), and Insurrection: Holding History. His Off-Broadway and regional credits include In The Continuum, Eclipsed, Antebellum, A Raisin In the Sun, A Life in the Theater, Man in Love, BootyCandy. He is a recipient of Obie, Helen Hayes, NAACP, and Oppenheimer Awards.

Colman Domingo (Playwright, Gil) has appeared at The Public in Passing Strange and Henry V. Domingo's Broadway credits include Passing Strange, The Scottsboro Boys, Well, and Chicago. His additional Off-Broadway credits include Blood Knot, The Scottsboro Boys, A Boy and His Soul, and Bright Ideas. His select film and television credits include Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer, "The Big Gay Sketch Show," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," and "Nash Bridges."

Korey Jackson (Terry) has been seen regionally in Duck Crossing, Five Guys Named Moe, and Dreamgirls. A recent graduate of New York University's Graduate Acting Program at Tisch School for Performing Arts, Jackson's select NYU credits include The Henry Box Brown Play, Sueno, Acquainted with the Night, The Emperor Antony, The Rivals, and Richard III. Jackson has been seen on television in "Law & Order: SVU."

Maurice McCrae (Mo) has appeared in New York in All God's Chillum' Got Wings, American Ma(u)l, and Young Black Men… His regional credits include A House With No Walls, The Piano Lesson, The Ninth Wave, Fences, Cheaters, Soldier's Play, and Jonin.' His television credits include "24," "Guiding Light," "JAG," NYPD Blue," and "Maloney."

Sharon Washington (Adelaide, Aunt Glo) has appeared in The Public Theater Productions of Coriolanus, Cymbeline, Richard III, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and Before It Hits Home. She has appeared on Broadway in The Scottsboro Boys and Off-Broadway in The Overwhelming, String of Pearls, House, Garden, Seeking the Genesis, The Radical Mystique, and Joined at the Head. Her select film and television credits include Rocksteady, An Invisible Sign, Michael Clayton, Die Hard: With a Vengeance, "Royal Pains," and "Damages."

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