Clea Alsip and More Join Mark Linn-Baker in George Street Playhouse's ONE SLIGHT HITCH, 10/2-28

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George Street Playhouse and Artistic Director David Saint have announced that full casting for their 2012-13 season opener, One Slight Hitch, has been completed. Joining the previously-announced Mark Linn-Baker will be Clea Alsip, Rosie Benton, Lauren Ashley Carter, Scott Drummond, Lizbeth MacKay and Christopher Tocco. Helmed by Joe Grifasi, this tale of matrimonial mayhem will begin performances tonight, October 2 and continue through Sunday, October 28. Opening night, with a dessert reception sponsored by Stage Left and Catherine Lombardi restaurants, will be Friday, October 5.

It is the summer of 1981 and nerves and neuroses are running at a fever pitch in the Coleman household as Cincinnati’s Doc and Delia Coleman prepare to throw the lavish wedding they never had for their oldest daughter. As the title implies, one slight hitch threatens to throw a monkey wrench into their meticulous plans. One Slight Hitch is a riotous and strangely romantic ride through the deconstruction of one family’s equilibrium.

Mark Linn-Baker (Doc Coleman) recently appeared on Broadway in Relatively Speaking. Other credits include A Year With Frog and Toad, and the television series Perfect Strangers. Clea Alsip originated the role of Melanie, the sister of the bride, at Williamstown Theatre Festival, and can be seen on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Rosie Benton’s (Courtney) Broadway credits include the recent production of StickFly and Les Liasons Dangereuses. Lauren Ashley Carter (P.B. Coleman) can be seen in the motion picture Premium Rush. Scott Drummond (Harper) is known to George Street audiences as Juror Two in last season’s Twelve Angry Men and has also appeared in Hamlet at Theatre for a New Audience. Lizbeth MacKay (Delia Coleman) is a stage veteran whose credits include the recent Sons of the Prophet as well as Crimes of the Heart. Christopher Tocco’s theatrical credits include War Music and A Christmas Carol at American Conservatory Theater (ACT), as well as The Lion in Winter and The Importance of Being Earnest at the Dorset Theatre Festival.

Creating the world of One Slight Hitch will be scenic designer Bob Dahlstrom, costume designer Susan Hilferty, lighting designer Rui Rita and sound designer Christopher J. Bailey.

Joe Grifasi’s (Director) Broadway credits as both director and actor include Dinner at Eight, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Happy End, The Accidental Death of an Anarchist, The 1940’s Radio Hour. Off-Broadway credits include Conversations in Tusculum, The Boys Next Door (Drama Desk nomination), Once Around the City and Golden Boy. His work has been seen on regional stages around the country, including the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Stratford Festival, Trinity Rep, Goodman Theater, Long Wharf, Yale Rep, Weston Playhouse and Westport Country Playhouse. He has appeared in the films Presumed Innocent, The Deer Hunter, Big Business, Beaches, Matewan, Naked Gun, Natural Born Killers, Chances Are, One Fine Day, F/X, Benny & Joon, The Pope of Greenwich Village, Brewster’s Millions, Batman Forever, The Flamingo Kid, Ironweed and Splash. Television appearances include the TV movie The Bronx is Burning (as Yogi Berra), Law & Order, ER, LA Law, Hope and Faith, SCTV, Roseanne and The Practice.

Playwright Lewis Black has also written The Laundry Hour (The Public), The Czar of Rock and Roll, and The Deal. In addition to his stand up act, his stage credits include appearances in Camino Real, Johnny on the Spot, Dead End, The Matchmaker, Once in a Lifetime and Media Amok. His television appearances include The Daily Show, The Root of All Evil, Homicide: Life on the Street, Law & Order: SVU and The Big Bang Theory. A published author, his books include Nothing’s Sacred, Me of Little Faith and I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas. He is the winner of two Grammies and an Emmy.

Five- and three-play subscription packages, as well as flexible admission passes and individual tickets are now available, and may be purchased either through the George Street Playhouse Box Office 732-246-7717, or by visiting The Playhouse’s website, www.GSPonline.org. George Street Playhouse is located in the heart of New Brunswick’s dining and entertainment district, steps away from a variety of eateries for every taste and budget. For parking and dining recommendations, patrons may visit The Playhouse website or speak with a sales associate. Group Rate tickets are available for parties of 10 or more and may be purchased through the GSP Group Sales Office at 732-846-2895, ext. 134 or by email at mbergamo@georgestplayhouse.org.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director David Saint, George Street Playhouse has become a nationally recognized theatre, presenting an acclaimed mainstage season while providing an artistic home for established and emerging theatre artists. Noted Arts Administrator Norma Kaplan was appointed Managing Director in September 2011. Founded in 1974, The Playhouse has been well represented by numerous productions both on and off-Broadway – recent productions include the Outer Critics’ Circle Best Musical Award-winner The Toxic Avenger (written by Joe DiPietro and David Bryan), the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League nominated production of The Spitfire Grill and the recent Broadway hit and Tony® and Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof by David Auburn, which was developed at GSP during the 1999 Next Stage Series of new plays. In addition to its mainstage season, GSP’s Touring Theatre features four issue-oriented productions that are seen by more than 40,000 students annually. George Street Playhouse programming is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by its lead season sponsor, Johnson & Johnson. The Star-Ledger is 2012-2013 print media sponsor of George Street Playhouse.

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