Southwark Playhouse's UK Premiere of SUPERIOR DONUTS Begins Tonight
The UK premiere of Superior Donuts by the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright Tracy Letts will run in The Little at Southwark Playhouse from tonight, 11 February - Saturday 8 March. Press night is Friday 14 February at 7.30pm.
Mitchell Mullen (Arthur Przybyszewski) was in the company of Tracy Letts' August: Osage County on its UK premiere at the National Theatre. Jonathan Livingstone (Franco Wicks) appeared in the West End cast of the NT's War Horse, Cheek by Jowl's world tour of 'Tis Pity She's a Whore and Propeller's world tours of Pocket Comedy and Pocket Dream, The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Sarah Ball (Officer Randy Osteen) was nominated Best Actress in a Supporting Role in the TMA Awards for Polly Teale's After Mrs Rochester for Shared Experience. Nick Cavaliere (Max Tarasov) was nominated Best Supporting Actor in the WOS Awards for Zorro at the Garrick. He appeared in Guys & Dolls in the West End, the NT's One Man Two Guvnors and The Tempest. Alexander James Simon (Officer James Bailey) appeared in Baby Doll (National Theatre and West End). Amanda Walker (Lady Boyle) was in Orpheus Descending (Haymarket) directed by Sir Peter Hall. The rest of the cast are: David Partridge (Luther Flynn), Tom Shepherd (Kevin Magee), TJ Nelson (Kiril Ivakin).
It is produced by The Trick (formerly Greenhouse Theatre Company) and Sarah Stribley Productions.
As Starbucks and organic food stores pop up all around it in UpTown Chicago, Arthur Przybyszewski continues to run the small rundown donut shop set up by his Polish immigrant father. Neglected by its owner and damaged by vandals, Superior Donuts only survives thanks to a diverse group of loyal neighbourhood customers. But when Arthur hires an excitable romantic, Franco Wicks, who wants to change the shop for the better to work alongside him, he is forced to confront the modern reality of the American Dream. A darkly comic and provocative drama about the challenges of embracing the past and the redemptive power of friendship, Superior Donuts brings to life the eclectic characters and changing face of a busy Chicago neighbourhood. This stunning new play premiered in 2008 at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where Tracy Letts has been a member of the ensemble since 2002, and it subsequently transferred to Broadway.
Tracy Letts' previous work includes the multi award-winning August: Osage County (now a film starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts), for which he received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play. It premiered at Steppenwolf in 2007, played on Broadway and had its UK premiere at the NT. Other works include A Man From Nebraska (Pulitzer Prize finalist), Bug (Gate Theatre),Killer Joe (Bush Theatre). An acclaimed actor, he won a Tony for his performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Broadway) and currently stars as Senator Andrew Lockhart in C4's Homeland.
Ned Bennett is Co-Artistic Director of The Trick where he has directed Philip Ridley's Mercury Fur which opened at the Old Red Lion before transferring to the West End's Trafalgar Studios. His other directing credits include Excellent Choice (The Vaults); A Butcher of Distinction (The King's Head Theatre); Selling Clive (Lost Theatre) all by Rob Hayes; Mr Noodles (Manchester Royal Exchange); Blue Rabbits (Templeworks) by Alistair McDowall; David Mamet's Edmond SE1 6BD (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Smartcard (Shunt Vaults). Ned has spent the last year as Resident Trainee Director at The Royal Court Theatre where he has been assistant director to Vicky Featherstone, Carrie Cracknell, John Tiffany, Anthony Neilson, Jeremy Herrin and Simon Godwin. Directing credits at the Royal Court include Lost in Theatre; Primetime and Pigeons (Royal Court Schools Tour).