Kaller to Helm THE GREAT GAME on Broadway in 2011-2012

Producers Randall L. Wreghitt (The Miracle Worker, Grey Gardens, Lieutenant of Inishmore) and Jana Robbins (Ragtime, Little Women - The Musical) have announced that they will bring The Great Game, a new drama/play by D. Tucker Smith, to Broadway in the 2011-2012 season. Tony nominated director Sheryl Kaller (Next Fall, Adrift in Macao) will direct the production. Casting and theatre will be announced in the weeks to come.

Wreghitt says, "We really feel that Sheryl Kaller's keen insights into the human condition will help to realize every aspect of D.Tucker Smith's romantic adventure." He adds, "We so admired her Tony-nominated work on Next Fall, and knew she had the right sensibility to explore the cultural and social changes our piece examines while finding the thrills and romance that keep The Great Game so entertaining."

For George Hayward and Safia Das, 1870 is rife with danger, espionage, and unexpected love. Their cultures collide as they each find themselves in the other's territory: he in the snow-swept mountains of Central Asia, she in the cobbled jungle of London. Their journeys could forever change the map of England's prized jewel and alter a family fixed in the fading traditions of changing times. In a contest of wit and intrigue where the stakes are nothing less than life, love, and empire, who will win the Great Game?

D. Tucker Smith (Playwright) is the author of several full-length plays including The Great Game (premier, Theater Previews at Duke), Quake, and Catalog. Short plays: The Knockout Suit (Finalist, Samuel French Short Play Festival); Overnight Delivery and Patriot Act, (both finalists in the NYC 15-Minute Play Festival). Screenplays: The Rose Quilt, The Eleventh Commandment. Active member of Playwrights Workshop and New River Dramatists. The Great Game marks D.'s Broadway debut.

Sheryl Kaller (Director) most recently received a Tony Nomination for Best Director for the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts. Next Fall, which also received a Tony Nomination for Best Play, first played to rave reviews at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, produced by Naked Angels. Ms. Kaller directed Adrift in Macao, a musical by Christopher Durang and Peter Melnick at Primary Stages, the Philadelphia Theatre Company and an early incarnation at New York Stage and Film. Other work includes Dangerous Beauty book by Jeannine Dominy, music by Michele Brourman, lyrics by Amanda McBroom (American Music Theater Project), Jayson with a Y (New Group), Rain by ReGina Taylor (New York Stage and Film-reading series) Weird Romance by Alan Menken & David Spencer (The York Theater/Mufti), The New Americans by Cindy Lou Johnson (A.C.T.-new works series), The Talk by Frank Pugliese (Naked Angels), How to Get Where We're Going by Theresa Rebeck (Naked Angels/Democracy Project), The Fitting by Frank Pugliese (Naked Angels/ Democracy Project) The Hurdy Gurdy Man by Dick Beebe (New York Stage & Film), Oh, Figaro (National Theater for the Deaf/National Tour 2003/2004), Patter for a Floating Lady by Steven Martin & Peter Melnick (Santa Barbara Ensemble), and Next, Please (Laurie Beechman Theater/ Dramalogue Award for Best New Musical). Sheryl is the Co-Founder of Two Island Productions where she served as Artistic Director from 1994 until 2000. Two Island Productions is a New York and Bermuda-based theater company devoted to developing and producing original plays, playwright retreats/workshops, screenplays, concerts and youth arts and education programs.

Randall L. Wreghitt (Producer) Broadway: The Miracle Worker, Impressionism, Grey Gardens, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Little Women, Golda's Balcony, Metamorphoses, Hedda Gabler, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Electra, The Lonesome West, Band in Berlin, The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Real Thing (associate producer). His productions have been nominated for 41 Tony Awards, with 12 wins. Off-Broadway: The Waverly Gallery, As Bees in Honey Drown, The Springhill Singing Disaster, The Boys in the Band, The Food Chain, Camping with Henry and Tom, Zombie Prom and Three Tall Women (associate producer). London: The Boys in the Band, Lobby Hero. Tours: US - Little Women; UK - Hairspray. Edinburgh: Velocity. Regionally: Crush.... Film: A Tale of Two Pizzas. Robert Whitehead Award for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Theatrical Producing. Randall established Pro-Marketing, a marketing and promotions company. Upcoming Theater: Talley's Folly, The Great Game, Camille, Execution of Justice, and the new musicals Pure Country and Pepita: Senorita Matador. www.RandallWreghitt.com

Jana Robbins (Producer) is a Tony nominated producer for the 2009 Broadway production of Ragtime, also called " The Best Musical 2009" by TIME Magazine. Ms. Robbins founded Better World Productions to "present theater and film entertainment that inspires us to create a Better World" and is happy to be joining Randall Wreghitt again, having made her Broadway producing debut working with him on Allan Knee's Little Women - The Musical starring Sutton Foster and Maureen McGovern. Ms. Robbins is currently developing The Jazz Age by Allan Knee (Finding Neverland), having served as Executive Producer of its first production at the 59E59 Street Theater, and producing its next developmental production in Association with The Blank Theater Company in Los Angeles starring Luke McFarlane of "Brothers and Sisters". Jana was also one of the producers of the Off-Broadway musical I Love You Because. She helped to develop and produce the feature films The Last Days of Frankie The Fly with Keifer Sutherland, Dennis Hopper and Daryl Hannah, and Executive Target with Roy Schieder and Michael Madsen.

For more information, about The Great Game, visit www.GreatGameOnBroadway.com.

 

 


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