Cuccioli, Alexander & Saxe Lead George Street Playhouse's A MOON TO DANCE BY, 11/17 - 12/13
Tony Award and Emmy Award winner and Academy Award nominee Jane Alexander, Robert Cuccioli (GSP's The Seafarer) and Gareth Saxe (Broadway's The Homecoming), will reunite in their roles of Thom Thomas' A Moon to Dance By at the George Street Playhouse from November 17 - December 13. The three previously collaborated on the production at the REP in Pittsburgh.
A Moon to Dance By is a lyrical new play inspired by Frieda Weekley, the often-scandalous widow of D.H. Lawrence and inspiration for his most controversial works including Lady Chatterley's Lover and Women in Love. Tony Award-nominee and Emmy Award winner Edwin Sherin, long-time producer of television's Law & Order and director of Broadway's landmark Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning production of The Great White Hope (starring Miss Alexander), will directs the play.
The production will feature scenic design by Stephanie Mayer-Staley, costume design by Hope Hanafin, lighting design by Andrew David Ostrowski, sound design by Steve Shapiro, and original music by Simon Cummings.
Cuccioli last appeared at The Shakespeare Theatre in the 2008 smash hit Amadeus. He received a Tony Award nomination and the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his portrayal of the title roles in the hit Broadway musical Jekyll and Hyde. Also on Broadway, he played Javert in Les Miserables. His off-Broadway credits include Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Enter the Guardsman and And the World Goes ‘Round. For The Shakespeare Theatre, in addition to Amadeus, Cuccioli has played Brutus in Julius Caesar, Macbeth in Macbeth, Antony in Antony and Cleopatra and the leads in Carnival and Enter the Guardsman. He has also performed at many prestigious theatres across the nation including The Shakespeare Theatre Company D.C., The Guthrie Theatre, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Paper Mill Playhouse, McCarter Theatre and George Street Playhouse.
Leading man Gareth Saxe returns to The Shakespeare Theatre to lead the cast of Hamlet. Saxe appeared as Joey in last season's Drama Desk Award-winning Broadway revival of The Homecoming and previously in the Roundabout Theatre's acclaimed production of Heartbreak House. He also appeared in A Moon to Dance By with Robert Cuccioli and Jane Alexander at The REP in Pittsburgh, PA. For The Shakespeare Theatre, Saxe has appeared in The Importance of Being Earnest, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and The Merchant of Venice.
Jane Alexander is an actress, author, and former director of the National Endowment for the Arts. Alexander is best known for porttraying Eleanor Backman in the original production of Howard Sackler's The Great White Hope at Arena Stage in Washington, DC in 1967. Like her co-star, James Earl Jones, she went on to play the part both on Broadway (1968), winning a Tony Award for her performance, and in the film version (1970), which earned her an Oscar nomination. Alexander's additional screen credits include All the President's Men (1976), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), and Testament (1983), all of which earned her Oscar nods, Brubaker (1980), The Cider House Rules (1999), and Fur (2006). Alexander portrayed Eleanor Roosevelt in two teleVision Productions, Eleanor and Franklin and Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years, and she played FDR's mother, Sara Delano Roosevelt in HBO's Warm Springs with Kenneth Branagh and Cynthia Nixon, a role which garnered her an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Additional Broadway credits include: Honour, The Sisters Rosensweig, The Visit, Shadowlands, The Night of the Iguana, Monday After the Miracle, Goodbye Fidel, First Monday in October, The Heiress, Hamlet, Find Your Way Home, and 6 Rms Riv Vu.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director David Saint, George Street Playhouse is a nationally recognized theatre, presenting an acclaimed mainstage season while providing an artistic home for established and emerging theatre artists. Founded in 1974, The Playhouse has been represented by numerous productions both on and Off Broadway - recent productions include Anne Meara's Down the Garden Paths, the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League nominated production of The Spitfire Grill and the Tony Award 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 five issue-oriented productions that tours to more than 250 schools in the tri-state area, and are seen by more than 80,000 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 funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information visit www.georgestplayhouse.org.