Hutchinson, Rainey, et al. Lead WHAT WE'RE UP AGAINST at Alley Theatre, 5/11 - 6/12


Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd announces the cast and creative team for the Alley Theatre's new production of Theresa Rebeck's WHAT WE'RE UP AGAINST, part of the Alley Theatre's New Play Initiative. WHAT WE'RE UP AGAINST runs on the Alley Theatre's Neuhaus Stage May 11 through June 12, 2012.

Theresa Rebeck returns to the Alley after the hugely successful Mauritius, Bad Dates,  and The Scene with her latest black comedy, "probing how sexism remains well entrenched in the work-place, not least when pitting women against each other in a boys' club atmosphere" (Variety).

Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck is the creator of the NBC drama SMASH, her play Seminar recently premiered on Broadway and The Scene, which the Alley Theatre produced in 2007, has been turned into a feature film titled Seducing Charlie Barker.

Scott Schwartz (the Alley's Mauritius, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing) returns to direct.

What We're Up Against features Alley Theatre Acting Company members Chris Hutchison as Weber and David Rainey as Ben.

What We're Up Against also features Nancy Lemenager as Janice, David Andrew Macdonald as Stu, and Julia Motyka as Eliza. All three actors are making their Alley Theatre debut.

What We're Up Against will feature scenic and lighting design by Kevin Rigdon (Alley's The Seagull, The Monster at the Door, August: Osage County)  with costume design by Alejo Vietti (Alley's The Seagull, Pygmalion, August: Osage County)  and sound design is by Josh Schmidt (Alley's Pygmalion,   HarveyThe Farnsworth Invention).

What We're Up Against, by Theresa Rebeck and directed by Scott Schwartz, begins previews Friday, May 11, opens Wednesday, May 16 and runs through Sunday, June 10, 2012 on the Neuhaus Stage.

Theresa Rebeck is a widely produced playwright. New York productions include Seminar, The Understudy, Mauritius, The Scene, The Water's Edge, Bad Dates, The Butterfly Collection, Spike Heels, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann, View of the Dome and Omnium Gatherum (co-written, Pulitzer finalist). Publications include her "Collected Plays Volume I" (volumes II and III, fall 2007), "Free Fire Zone" (fall 2007), all with Smith & Kraus, and two novels, "Three Girls and Their Brother" and "Twelve Rooms with a View," with Random House/Shaye Areheart Books.

Produced feature films include Harriet the Spy, Gossip, and the independent features Sunday on the Rocks and Seducing Charlie Barker (adapted from her play The Scene). Awards include the Writer's Guild of America Award for Episodic Drama and a Peabody Award for her work on NYPD Blue. She has also won The National Theatre Conference Award, the William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award, the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award, an Alex Award and a Lilly Award. She is the creator of the NBC drama, SMASH.

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