Whitney Conkling, Craig Wesley Divino, Lee Dolson & More Will Star in Beau Willimon's BREATHING TIME Off-Broadway

Whitney Conkling, Craig Wesley Divino, Lee Dolson & More Will Star in Beau Willimon's BREATHING TIME Off-Broadway

Casting has been announced for the world premiere of BREATHING TIME, a new play by "House of Cards" creator Beau Willimon, directed by Aaron Rossini and presented Off-Broadway by Fault Line Theatre. The cast will feature Whitney Conkling, Craig Wesley Divino, Lee Dolson, John Racioppo, Shannon Marie Sullivan and Molly Thomas. Preview performances begin Friday, March 21 prior to an official press opening of Thursday, March 27 at Teatro Iati (64 East 4th Street) in Manhattan.

A brother and a sister, a husband and a wife, a day in New York that sends shock waves through their lives. With humor and heartbreak, Beau Willimon's BREATHING TIME is an intimate drama about the arbitrary but indispensable connections between us all.

Jack and Mike are bankers - one reckless and larger than life, the other responsible and grounded. When we meet them, their typical morning ritual proves to be anything but routine. Three weeks later, Jack's sister and Mike's wife meet for dinner - two strangers connected by only a photograph. Denise is a struggling dancer trying to make ends-meet. Julie is a suburban mother doing her best to raise a young son. Fate has brought this quartet together. But they refuse to let it tear them apart.

The design team for BREATHING TIME is Tristan Jeffers (set design), John Eckert (lighting design), Chad Raines (sound design), and Izzy Fields (costume design).

BREATHING TIME will follow on the heels of Fault Line Theatre's current critical hit, Crystal Finn's THE FAIRE - currently playing through March 1 at the Fourth Street Theatre (83 East 4th Street) - which New York Times critic Neil Genzlinger called "delicious" and "a sharp comedy."

Beau Willimon is a playwright and screenwriter. Plays include: "Spirit Control" (Manhattan Theatre Club, 2010); "Farragut North" (Atlantic Theater Company, 2008), "Lower Ninth" (Flea Theater, 2008? UK premiere, Donmar Warehouse, 2010). His most recent stage production, "The Parisian Woman," premiered at South Coast Repertory last spring and starred Dana Delany, Steven Weber, Steven Culp, Linda Gehringer and Rebecca Mozo. Additionally his work has been seen at the Actors Theater of Chicago, Battersea Arts Center, Cherry Lane, Geffen Playhouse, HERE, New Dramatists, Phoenix Theater, Red Stitch, South Coast Rep and many others in the U.S. and overseas. He has written films for Warner Bros., Fox 2000 and Summit Entertainment. The film "Ides of March," based on "Farragut North," directed by George Clooney received several award nominations including an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for Mr. Willimon and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Screenplay. Other honors include: Lila Acheson Wallace Juilliard Playwriting Fellowship, two-time winner of the Lincoln Center Le Comte du Nouy Award, 2008 Playwright-in-Residence at the Donmar Warehouse, two Outer-Critics Circle nominations for Farragut North. In 2012, Beau developed the series "House of Cards" starring Kevin Spacey for Netflix. In 2013, "House of Cards" received nine Primetime Emmy Award nominations, and four Golden Globe nominations (the first online streaming show to be so honored) - it won the WGA Award for Best New Series.

Aaron Rossini is a New York based director, actor and producer. In addition to his work as Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Fault Line Theatre, Aaron has directed and developed plays and productions at Emerging Artist Theatre, Sanguine Theater Company, Rites and Reason Theatre, The Immediate Family, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Brown Short Plays Festival, NYU - Stella Adler Studio, and Young Playwrights, Inc. Aaron directed and produced Doctor Faustus, Frogs (NYIT Award nominee for Outstanding Direction), From The Same Cloth, and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy at Fault Line Theatre. He played the role of Ethan in their 2012 GLAAD Award Winning production of From White Plains. He holds a BFA in acting from Miami University and an MFA in acting from Brown University / Trinity Rep Graduate Program.

Fault Line Theatre was founded in 2010 by Brown/Trinity Repertory MFA actors Craig Wesley Divino and Aaron Rossini and Trinity Rep set designer Tristan Jeffers. Fault Line Theatre creates and produces socially relevant, character-driven plays for today's audiences. By employing the best members of our artistic community, they strive both to challenge veteran theatergoers and welcome those new to the art form.. Previous NYC productions include "Doctor Faustus," "Frogs," "From The Same Cloth" and last season's critically acclaimed production "From White Plains" - which received the 2013 GLAAD Media Award for Best Off-Off Broadway Production, and a subsequent production at the Kitchen Theatre Co. in Ithaca, NY.

Scheduled March 21 through April 13, BREATHING TIME will have a performance schedule of Wednesdays - Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm and Sundays at 3pm (with an added performance on Tuesday, April 8 at 8pm) at Teatro Iati (64 East 4th Street). Tickets are $44 and are available for purchase through SmartTix at 866-527-5376 or online at www.SmartTix.com (direct link: http://goo.gl/FZ6SZ1).

For more information about Fault Line Theatre or BREATHING TIME please visit www.faultlinetheatre.org.

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