The New Group's THE GOOD MOTHER to Feature Darren Goldstein, Alfredo Narciso and More
The New Group has announced complete casting for Francine Volpe's suspenseful drama The Good Mother. Darren Goldstein, Alfredo Narciso, Eric Nelsen and Bill Sage join Gretchen Mol (previously announced) in this world premiere directed by Scott Elliott. Previews for the play, which launches The New Group's 2012-13 season, begin October 29 in advance of an Official Opening Night on Thursday, November 15. A limited Off-Broadway engagement is slated through December 22 at The New Group @ Theatre Row (The Acorn Theatre / 410 West 42nd Street / Acorn Theatre).
In this taut psychological thriller, Larissa (Gretchen Mol) is a single mother who can barely meet the mortgage on her house in Mount Vernon, NY. When a bizarre incident involving her 4-year-old daughter forces her to face someone from her past, her own questionable actions come back to haunt her.
Directed by Scott Elliott, The Good Mother will feature Darren Goldstein (at The New Group: Mouth To Mouth, Abigail's Party (Lortel nom., Outstanding Featured Actor), Terrorism; Broadway: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, TV: "Damages"), Gretchen Mol (B'way: Chicago, Off-B'way: The Shape of Things (also film); Film: 3:10 to Yuma, The Notorious Bettie Page, Celebrity, Rounders, Donnie Brasco, more; TV: "Boardwalk Empire"), Alfredo Narciso (Off-B'way: The Unusual Love Life of Bed Bugs and Other Creatures, Chimichangas & Zoloft, The Ugly One, Thinner Than Water, Edgewise, Microcrisis), Eric Nelsen (B'way: 13 the Musical; Off-B'way: Time Being, Ragamuffins, Interaction) and Bill Sage (at The New Group: Wallace Shawn's Aunt Dan and Lemon with Kristen Johnston and Lili Taylor (extended run); Film: American Psycho, Boiler Room; Hal Hartley's Trust, Ambition and Flirt; TV: "Boardwalk Empire," "Nurse Jackie"). This production includes Set Design by Derek McLane, Costume Design by Cynthia Rowley, Lighting Design by Jason Lyons and Sound Design by Bart Fasbender.
Playwright Francine Volpe's credits include The Given (directed by Michael Imperioli at Studio Dante, finalist for The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), Late Fragment (Studio Dante), Sweethearts (The New Company), Giftbox (stageFARM). Her work has been developed at A.C.T., Arena Stage, Naked Angels, Rattlestick Theater, Soho Rep. Graduate of the Juilliard School, teaches screenwriting and playwriting at Sarah Lawrence College, ESPA, Stella Adler Academy in Los Angeles. Member of New Dramatists.
Scott Elliott is the founding Artistic Director of The New Group, where he has produced over 50 plays, 24 of which he directed, including last season's world premieres of Erika Sheffer's Russian Transport and Thomas Bradshaw's Burning and also The Kid (Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical). He also directed Ayub Khan Din's East is East and Rafta, Rafta…at The New Group.
Last season, The New Group (Scott Elliott, Artistic Director; Geoff Rich, Executive Director) presentEd Thomas Bradshaw's Burning, the extended run of Erika Sheffer's Russian Transport (both directed by Scott Elliott), and David Rabe's An Early History of Fire directed by Jo Bonney (all world premiere productions). In 2010-2011, the company presented Tommy Nohilly's Blood From A Stone featuring Ethan Hawke (Obie winner), the revival of Wallace Shawn's Marie and Bruce starring Marisa Tomei and Frank Whaley, and One Arm by Tennessee Williams, adapted and directed by Moisés Kaufman. Other productions include A Lie of the Mind, The Kid, Groundswell, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Hurlyburly, Mike Leigh's Two Thousand Years, Abigail's Party, Smelling a Rat, Goose-Pimples and Ecstasy, Wallace Shawn's The Fever and Aunt Dan and Lemon, Kenneth Lonergan's The Starry Messenger featuring Matthew Broderick and This is Our Youth, and Kevin Elyot's Mouth to Mouth and My Night With Reg. The New Group is a recipient of the 2004 Tony® Award for Best Musical (Avenue Q). The New Group and Artistic Director Scott Elliott were honored with a Special 2010-11 Drama Desk Award "for presenting contemporary new voices, and for uncompromisingly raw and powerful productions."
The Good Mother plays October 29 – December 22, 2012 at The New Group @ Theatre Row (The Acorn Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street). Subscriptions for The New Group 2012-2013 season available now. Subscriptions & info: (212) 244-3380 x305. For more, please visit www.thenewgroup.org.
The Good Mother will be followed in The New Group's season by two other world premiere productions: Clive, written by Jonathan Marc Sherman and directed by and featuring Ethan Hawke in the title role (Winter 2013), and the new musical Bunty Berman Presents… by Ayub Khan Din (Book, Lyrics, Co-Composer) and Paul Bogaev (Co-Composer), directed by Scott Elliott (Spring 2013).