BLOODY, BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON Plays The Public Theatre, Previews 3/23/2010

The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson) announces a return engagement of BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, the critically acclaimed rock musical that played a sold-out run last spring as part of the Public's Public LAB season. A co-production with Center Theatre Group and in association with Les Freres Corbusier, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON is written and directed by Alex Timbers and features music and lyrics by Michael Friedman. Previews begin on Tuesday, March 23 and will continue through Sunday, April 25, 2010.

BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON is a fast-paced entertainment that takes a sharp, irreverent look at America's seventh president, Andrew Jackson. This satirical epic reveals questions about the country we live in and the leaders we choose.

The company will include members of the original Public LAB cast: James Barry as Male Soloist; Darren Goldstein as Calhoun; Greg Hildreth as Red Eagle; Jeff Hiller as John Quincy Adams; Lucas Near-Verbrugghe as Martin Van Buren; Maria Elena Ramirez as Rachel; Kate Cullen Roberts as Elizabeth; Ben Steinfeld as James Monroe; Benjamin Walker as Andrew Jackson; and Colleen Werthmann as The Storyteller. Complete casting will be announced at a later date.

"Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman are ferociously talented, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is a wildly enjoyable and shockingly deep rock and roll tour of American political populism," said Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. "We've had a wonderful time working on it over the last two years and it's going to be a great ride from here on out."

Alex Timbers (Writer/Director) is the Artistic Director of award-winning theatre company Les Freres Corbusier. His New York credits include Guttenberg! The Musical! (Drama Desk nomination - Best Director of a Musical; the Actors' Playhouse), A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant (OBIE Award; New York Theatre Workshop; two Garland Awards - Best Director and Best Musical; Powerhouse Theatre, Santa Monica), underground (BAM; International Tour), Hell House (Drama Desk nomination - Unique Theatrical Experience; St. Ann's Warehouse), Boozy ("Ten Best of 2005" - Daily News, Time Out New York). He has participated in workshops for Disney Theatricals, Playwrights Horizons, New York Stage & Film and been honored with fellowships by the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Drama League, and Sundance Theatre Lab.

Michael Friedman (Music and Lyrics) has composed music for The Communist Dracula Pageant, [I Am] Nobody's Lunch, Lysistrata, Marat/Sade, Idiots Karamazov, and The Merchant of Venice. He wrote music and lyrics for the Civilian's This Beautiful City, [I Am] Nobody's Lunch, Gone Missing, and Canard, Canard, Goose?; as well as Saved, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, In the Bubble, The Brand New Kid, God's Ear, and The Blue Demon. With Steve Cosson, he co-authored the 2008 Public LAB production Paris Commune. He has composed for Playwrights Horizons, NYTW, Roundabout, Second Stage, Soho Rep, Theatre for a New Audience, Signature, The Acting Company, Hartford Stage, Humana Festival, Kennedy Center, Berkeley Rep, Williamstown Festival, London's Soho and Gate Theatres, and the Edinburgh Festival. He is a Founding Associate Artist of the Civilians, an Artistic Associate at New York Theatre Workshop, a MacDowell Fellow, a Princeton University Hodder Fellow, and the winner of a 2009 L.A. Drama Critics' Award and an Obie for sustained excellence.

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