Photo Flash: First Look at Primary Stages' HARBOR
Primary Stages, in association with Ted Snowdon, launches their 29th season with the New York premiere of Harbor at Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters. Written by Tony-nominated Chad Beguelin (Elf, The Wedding Singer) and directed by Tony-nominated director Mark Lamos (Seascape, The Rivals, The Deep Blue Sea), the production features Erin Cummings (Starz's "Spartacus: Blood and Sand", ABC's "Pan Am," CBS' "Made In Jersey"), Randy Harrison (Showtime's "Queer As Folk", Broadway's Wicked), Alexis Molnar (world premiere of Harbor at Westport Playhouse), and Paul Anthony Stewart (Broadway's Fiddler on the Roof, The People in the Picture). The show is currently in previews, and opening night is August 6. Harbor runs through September 8. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
When fifteen-year-old Lottie and her ne'er-do-well mother Donna drop in unannounced on the beautiful Sag Harbor home of Donna's brother and his new husband, all hell breaks loose. The bonds between kith and kin are tested in this alternately biting and touching comedy about the constantly shifting nature of the meaning of family. Harbor is from playwright Chad Beguelin, the author/lyricist of Broadway's The Wedding Singer and the lyricist for Elf; and Mark Lamos, the director of Primary Stages hits Black Tie, Indian Blood and Buffalo Gal.
Harbor features a scenic design by Andrew Jackness, costume design by Candice Donnelly, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, and original music and sound design by John Gromada.
Erin Cummings (Donna) gained international visibility in her role as "Sura," wife of Spartacus in the Starz hit series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Her current film, in theaters now, is The Iceman, with Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, and Ray Liotta. She has two films coming out in 2014: Cold Comes the Night, starring Bryan Cranston; and Late Phases with Ethan Embry and Tina Louise. TV appearances include her series regular roles on CBS' Made In Jersey, ABC's Detroit 187, and the FOX web series, The Ropes (written, directed and produced by Vin Diesel). Guest appearances or recurring roles on Mad Men, Unforgettable, Criminal Minds, Pan Am, Inside Amy Schumer, Cold Case, Dante's Cove, Common Law, Major Crimes, Dollhouse, Star Trek: Enterprise, Threshold, Charmed and Nip/Tuck. She also starred in the cult grindhouse feature Bitch Slap, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. In November 2010, Erin founded Mittens For Detroit, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that collects and distributes new, unused gloves to in-need children and adults in Detroit during the winter. www.ErinCummings.com.
Randy Harrison (Kevin) is best known for his portrayal of "Justin Taylor" on the Showtime series "Queer as Folk" and has spent much of his career on stage. Broadway: Wicked. Off-Broadway: Silence: The Musical, The Singing Forest (Public Theatre/NYSF), Antony and Cleopatra (Theatre for a New Audience), Edward II (Red Bull Theatre) and A Letter from Ethel Kennedy (MCC). Regional credits include Red (George Street Playhouse/Cleveland Playhouse), the American premiere of Alan Bennet's The Habit of Art (Studio Theatre, DC), The Glass Menagerie (Guthrie Theatre), and numerous seasons at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. NY: QWAN Company's Notes! and Swan!!! (PS122, Abrons Arts Center, Theatre 80) and Our Hit Parade @ Joe's Pub.
Alexis Molnar (Lottie). Theater: Debut Performance as Lottie in Harbor at the Westport Playhouse. Broadway Takes Charge (Le Poisson Rouge); Our Hit Parade, Trapper's Greatest Hit (Joe's Pub); The Tempest (RADA); The Dining Room, Tartuffe, Kiss Me Kate (The GSB Players); Socks, All a Twitter (Turtle Shell Theater). Films: Admission, Not Fade Away, The Bourne Legacy. TV: "The Next Big Thing" (Oxygen); "Electric Company" (PBS); "You've Changed" (Sia music video); "Danger Dawgz" (MTV); "Great White Way" (Osaka TV Japan); Training: RADA London, Second City Chicago, Broadway Artists. Winner CT Critics Circle: Outstanding Debut Performance as Lottie in Harbor at the Westport Playhouse.
Paul Anthony Stewart (Ted). Broadway: The People in the Picture (Roundabout Theatre Company), Fiddler on the Roof, Cyrano The Musical. Off-Broadway: The Landing (Vineyard Theatre), Dreyfus in Rehearsal. Regional: Ride the Tiger (Long Wharf Theatre) Harbor (Westport Country Playhouse), Twelfth Night (Westport Country Playhouse), The Last Five Years (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Funny Girl (Drury Lane), Marry Me a Little (Dorset Theatre), Crime & Punishment (Cleveland Playhouse), Changes of Heart (Mark Taper Forum), Quills (Geffen Playhouse), Hello Again (LA Premiere), Pera Palas (Long Wharf Theatre), The Game of Love and Chance (Huntington Theatre), Children of Eden (American Premiere). TV: "Guiding Light" (Emmy nomination), "Blue Bloods", "Damages", Law & Order", "Dream On", "The Hunger", "The Inheritance" (Hallmark Movie), "First Time Out", "Loving". Film: "Somewhere in the City", "Shadows and Fog". Princeton Graduate.
Chad Beguelin (Playwright) wrote the lyrics and co-wrote the book for The Wedding Singer (Tony Award Nomination for Best Book and Best Original Score, Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Lyrics.) He also wrote the book and lyrics for The Rhythm Club (Signature Theater), Wicked City (American Stage Company, Mason Street Warehouse) and wrote the book for Disney's stage version of Aladdin (Hyperion Theater). He is the recipient of the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award, the Edward Kleban Award for Outstanding Lyric Writing and the Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Musical Theater Award. His plays have been produced at Playwrights Horizons, The Avalon Theatre Company and HOME for Contemporary Theatre and Art. Chad received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Mark Lamos (Director) directed the Broadway productions of Seascape (Lincoln Center Theater); The Rivals (Lincoln Center Theater); The Deep Blue Sea (Roundabout); Our Country's Good (Tony nomination); and Fascinating Rhythm. Off Broadway credits include As You Like It (NYSF- Central Park); Big Bill; Thief River; The End Of The Day; Love's Fire; Measure For Measure (Lortel Award); and Tiny Alice (Lortel Award). He has directed productions at Hartford Stage, artistic director 1980-97, (Tony Award for theater's body of work); Guthrie, Old Globe; Shakespeare Theater, D.C.; McCarter Theatre; La Jolla; San Francisco's A.C.T.; Williamstown; Canada's Stratford Festival; Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Yale Rep; Moscow's Pushkin Theater, to name a few. For the opera he has staged productions at the Metropolitan, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Canadian Opera, Munich Biennale, Mostly Mozart, and Lincoln Center's New Vision Series (also Barbican, London). Television credits include "Great Performances" (PBS, Emmy Nomination); and "Live From Lincoln Center". He holds honorary doctorates from Connecticut College, Trinity, and the Univ. of Hartford. He began his tenure as artistic director of Connecticut's Westport Country Playhouse in February 2009.
Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg
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