Kelly AuCoin, Ana Reeder and More Set for Labyrinth Theater's RADIANCE; Full Cast Announced!

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LAByrinth Theater Company, the award-winning, downtown ensemble announced today the complete cast and creative team for their World Premiere production of Radiance, written by Cusi Cram and directed by Suzanne Agins.

The complete cast of the upcoming production of Radiance includes Kelly AuCoin (Julius Caesar, Julie & Julia) and Ana Reeder (Top Girls, Sight Unseen), as well as Labyrinth Company Members Kohl Sudduth (The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Take Me Out) and Aaron Roman Weiner (Thinner Than Water, The Glass Menagerie).

The design team for Radiance includes David Meyer (Scenic Design), Emily Pepper (Costume Design), Nick Francone (Lighting Design), and Daniel Kluger (Sound Design).

Performances begin at The Bank Street Theater (155 Bank St.) on November 1, 2012, with an official opening night set for November 16, 2012. Tickets for the general public will go on sale October 4th and will start at $35. Labpass holders are able to book their tickets immediately.

In 1955, Captain Robert Lewis walks into a bar off Hollywood Boulevard, looking to escape his guilt, his shame -- and a tenacious television producer from "This is Your Life." What he finds instead is a mysterious woman, whose familiar face conjures visions of his dark past and a moment in time that irrevocably changed the world.

Inspired by true events, and laced with mystery and romance, Radiance delves into the emotional fallout of an unwitting war hero forever caught in the cross-hairs of history.

In an effort to make great theater accessible to all New Yorkers, Labyrinth offers the Labpass, which gives our audiences the chance to see all three shows in our 2012/13 Season for just $99. Labpass holders are guaranteed the best seats in the house for the performances of their choice and receive front of the line access to all our events, including advance reservation privileges to our NEWYORKNEWYORK festival and the Barn Series. It’s a chance to get up close, downtown with Labyrinth – all year long.

To purchase a Labpass, and to find more information on the Season, visit the dedicated Season website at labtheater.org/upclose.

Cusi Cram (Playwright) is a Member of LAByrinth Theater Company. Plays include: Dusty and the Big Bad World (Denver Theater Center), Lucy and the Conquest (Williamstown Theater Festival), All the Bad Things (LAByrinth Theater Company at The Public Theater), Fuente (Barrington Stage), The End of it All (South Coast Repertory), Landlocked (Miranda Theater), A Lifetime Burning (Primary Stages), and Fuente Ovejuna: A Disloyal Adaptation (Lewis Center for the Arts). She has received commissions from The Atlantic Theater Company, South Coast Repertory, The Actors Theater of Louisville, Princeton University, New Georges, Rising Phoenix Rep, and The Echo Theater Company. Her work has also been produced and developed by: The O’Neill Playwrights Conference, The New Group, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, PS122, and the Dag Hammarskjold Theater at the United Nations, amongst others. She is the recipient of the Herrick Theater Foundation New Play Prize, a Camargo Foundation fellowship in Cassis, France, and was recently a Bogliasco Fellow in Italy. Her work is published by Samuel French, Smith & Kraus, Playscripts, and Broadway Publishing. Cusi has also received three Emmy award nominations for her extensive work in children’s television. She most recently was a story editor on the Showtime series “The Big C”, starring Laura Linney. Her play Dusty and the Big Bad World was optioned by Points West Films (Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt, producers). She is a founding playwright of The Fulcrum Theater and sits on New Georges’ Kitchen Cabinet and on the board of Leah’s FEWW (Fund for Emerging Women Writers). She teaches playwriting with Labyrinth and ESPA at Primary Stages. She is a graduate oF Brown University and the Lila Acheson American Playwright’s Program at Juilliard.

Suzanne Agins (Director) is the Director of New Play Development at Dorset Theater Festival. She made her Off- Broadway debut with the critically acclaimed world premiere of Jailbait by Deirdre O’Connor for the Cherry Lane Theatre. Ms. Agins served as Artistic Associate for New Plays at Williamstown Theatre Festival from 2005-2007. Other recent directing projects include: Alligator by Hilary Bettis (Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference); Fuente Ovejuna: A Disloyal Adaptation by Cusi Cram, inspired by Lope De Vega's play, at Princeton University (developed with LAByrinth Theater Company); The Burden of Not Having a Tail by Carrie Barrett (Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference); Noel Coward's Fallen Angels at Dorset Theater Festival; Lucy and the Conquest by Cusi Cram (World Premiere, Williamstown Theatre Festival); Wing It, a new musical inspired by Aristophanes’ The Birds, by Gordon Cox and Kris Kukul (World Premiere, Williamstown Theatre Festival); three Maddy Mann stage shows created with Ryan Migge (Ars Nova, soloNOVA festival at the DR2, Dixon Place); Maddy Mann's webseries QUADS!; The Secret Narrative of the Phone Book by Gordon Cox (World Premiere, Kraine Theater); Lascivious Something by Sheila Callaghan (Cherry Lane Mentor Project). She holds an MFA in Directing from the University of California, San Diego, is the recipient of a 2006 Princess Grace Directing Fellowship (Robert & Gloria Houseman Theater Award), an adjunct faculty member at Princeton University (her alma mater), and a member of SDC and the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab.

Kelly AuCoin Broadway: Julius Caesar. National Tour: Copenhagen. Off-Broadway: Happy Now? and Boy (Primary Stages), Jailbait (dir. Suzanne Agins, Cherry Lane), Some Men (2nd Stage), Fifth Column (Mint), Ladies of the Corridor (13th Street Playhouse). Regional: Blood And Gifts and A Dram of Drummhicit (LaJolla Playhouse), Happy Now? (Yale Rep), Finks (NYS&F), The Real Thing and Born Yesterday (Syracuse Stage), Melissa Arctic (Folger), Arcadia (TheatreVirginia), Quills (Florida Stage), and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. TV: "Blue Bloods" "Body of Proof" "White Collar" "Gossip Girls" "The Good Wife" "L&O" "L&O:CI" "Kings" Without a Trace" "The Sopranos" "27 East" (pilot) "Untitled Jersey City Project" (miniseries). Kelly is on the faculty (with Cusi Cram) of the Einhorn School of the Performing Arts at Primary Stages and a Member of the Actors Center Workshop.

Ana Reeder New York Theatre: Hedda Gabler, Top Girls, Sight Unseen (Broadway), The Maids (Red Bull Theater), Happy Hour (Atlantic Theatre Co.), Living Room in Africa (Edge Theatre Company), The Wooden Breeks (MCC), Small Tragedy (Playwrights Horizons, Obie award), Humble Boy, An Experiment with an Air Pump (MTC), The Time of the Cuckoo (Lincoln Center), Some Voices (The New Group), Killers and Other Family (Rattlestick Theatre), Maid (Lincoln Center Festival), Vera Laughed, Fire Eater, Suicide Weather (New York Stage & Film), Macbeth (The Public), Henry VIII (Delacorte Thea.), Hedda Gabler (New York Theatre Workshop). London: The Distance from Here (Almeida Theatre). Regional Theatre: Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, dir. by David Cromer (Williamstown), Nora in A Doll’s House (Long Wharf Theater), The Lady in Question, Night Season (Bay Street Thea.), Unusual Acts of Devotion (Phila. Thea. Co.), The Tempest (Shakespeare Theatre). TV: HBO’s “You Don’t Know Jack,” dir. by Barry Levinson, Carol Tobin in “Damages,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Jury.” Film: “Connie” in One for the Money, Homewrecker (The Locksmith) (NEXT Film Award at Sundance 2010), Diary of a City Priest, Acts of Worship (Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Actress, Best Actress award Santa Barbara Film Festival), Marie and Bruce, and No Country for Old Men. BA: Middlebury College, MFA: NYU.

Kohl Sudduth is a grateful member of LAByrinth Theater Company. Selected Theater: with Labyrinth – The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Pubic Theater), on Broadway – Take Me Out (Walter Kerr, Public, and Donmar Warehouse), also The Glass Menagerie, Person I Once Was, Spit For Distance. Film: The Notorious Bettie Paige, The Banger Sisters, Last Supper, Road Trip, Cora Unashamed, Table One, Bowfinger, Rounders, 54, Illuminata. TV: “Law and Order (C.I. and S.V.U.)”, “Grosse Pointe” (series regular), “Sex and the City”, and for several years Kohl has played Luther ‘Suitcase’ Simpson in the long running Jesse Stone series of CBS TV murder/mystery movies based on Robert Parker’s novels. As a playwright, his plays have been given workshops as a part of the Labyrinth Intensive and Barn Series, among others. His first short film as a writer and producer Red Hook and Falling will be made in Brooklyn this winter.

Aaron Roman Weiner is a proud Member of LAByrinth Theater Company. Other Labyrinth credits include Melissa Ross's Thinner Than Water. Recent: The Glass Menagerie (Steppenwolf Garage), ROUNDING THIRD (Hangar Theatre), A Steady Rain (TheaterWorks Hartford) (BroadwayWorld.com best actor nominee), Goodbye Cruel World (Roundtable Ensemble), Port Authority Throw Down (HERE), Class Dismissed, Symmetry (After Dark Award winner), Touch (Joseph Jefferson Award nominee), and Pyretown, all at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. Film: Public Enemies, Osso Bucco, The Express and Soderbergh's upcoming The Bitter Pill. He plays Bryan Keenan on the new CBS show “Made in Jersey.” Aaron's play Rail King was written for and produced by Developing Artists Theater Company. Training: Carnegie Mellon, Circle in the Square.

David Meyer (Scenic Design) is happy to be returning to Labyrinth again. He designed the spring production of Ninth and Joanie. Currently, he is working on the next Martin Scorsese film, The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. David's other film projects include the upcoming Will Smith film, After Earth (summer 2013), Men In Black 3 and the short film Love, Lot's of It starring Campbell Scott (official selection for Tribecca Film Festival 2011). Television projects include this past summer's hit, “Political Animals” and season 1 of “SMASH.” David has been designing theatrical scenery for over 10 years. Design highlights include: Merrily We Roll Along, Tongue Of A Bird, STRINDBERGstrindberg, Hedwig And The Angry Inch, Little Shop Of Horrors, Kiss Me Kate, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Kiss of the Spider Woman and Bat Boy, The Musical. He has also designed commercials for Kenneth Cole and Vita Coco. He received an MFA in Design for Stage and Film from NYU in 2010 and welcomes you to visit his website: www.davidmeyerdesign.com.

Emily Pepper (Costume Design) New York credits include: Milk, New Georges; Two-Handers, Psycho Therapy, Midtown Intl. Theatre Festival; The Revival, FUBAR, Project Y; Henry V, Walkerspace; A Slight Headache, South Street Seaport Museum; King of Shadows, Theatre for the New City; Tio Pepe, Summer Play Festival; The Scariest, 45 Bleecker; Frankenstein, 37 Arts; Fizz, Ohio Theatre. Regional design credits include: Old Globe, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Arizona Theatre Company, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Commonwealth Shakespeare, Dorset Theatre Festival, White Plains Performing Arts Center, Delaware Theatre, Two River Theater, 10 Thousand Things MN and La Jolla Playhouse. Most recently she designed costumes for the world premiere of Itamar Moses and Gaby Alter's new musical Nobody Loves You at The Old Globe. She designed the touring production of the Gazillion Bubble Show and participated in the Gobrowicz festival in Lublin Poland. Ms. Pepper holds an MFA in design from University of California San Diego. For more information visit: emilypepper.com.

Nick Francone (Lighting Design) NY and regional design credits include work with the Vampire Cowboys (resident scenic and lighting designer), The Public Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, HERE Arts Center, New Georges, Ma Yi Theater Company, Opera Slavica, Second Generation, Roundtable Ensemble, The Flea, Prospect Theater Company, White BiRD Productions, the Summer Play Festival, Theater Squared, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Alter Ego, Ballet Hispanico, Dorset Summer Theater, Princeton University, and many more. Recent Associate Design Credits include ten years of collaboration with Eugene Lee including Wicked (and all adaptations around the world), Scenic Coordination for Pope Benedict’s visit (Yankee Stadium and St. Joseph’s Seminary), and worldwide productions of Billy Elliot with Ian MacNeil.

Daniel Kluger (Sound Design) New York: House for Sale (Transport Group), The Common Pursuit (Roundabout), A Supposedly Fun Thing... after David Foster Wallace (Daniel Fish), Tribes (Barrow Street Theatre), A Map of Virtue (13P), Lidless (Page73), There Are No More Big Secrets (Rattlestick), The Temperamentals (Daryl Roth), Enjoy! (The Play Company), Jailbait (Cherry Lane), On the Levee (LCT3 - Conductor, Pianist), Dov & Ali (The Playwrights Realm), The Americans, The Greeks (Juilliard). Regional: Pig Iron Theatre Company, People's Light & Theatre, The Arden Theatre Company, Virginia Stage Company, Two River Theatre Company, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, American Players Theatre, Great Lakes Theater Festival. www.danielkluger.com

LAByrinth Theater Company (Stephen Adly Guirgis, Mimi O'Donnell, Yul Vázquez, Artistic Directors; Danny Feldman, Managing Director) is a diverse, award-winning ensemble of artists who have changed the face of American theater through groundbreaking productions of provocative new plays. Founded in 1992 by a group of actors who wanted to push their artistic limits and tell new, more inclusive stories that expanded the boundaries of mainstream theater, Labyrinth has grown into a nationally renowned company of actors, directors, playwrights and designers from a wide array of cultural perspectives. Over the past 20 years, Labyrinth has developed hundreds of original works and premiered 57 new American plays here in New York including Guinea Pig Solo, Jack Goes Boating, Jesus Hopped The A Train, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Our Lady of 121st Street, Sailor’s Song, Sistah Supreme, and The Company’s multi-Tony nominated Broadway debut, The Motherf**ker With The Hat.

Photo Credit: Monica Simoes

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