Meet the Cast of BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY, Beginning Previews on Broadway Tonight!

The play will officially open on Monday, December 19, 2022 at Second Stage's Hayes Theater.

By: Nov. 30, 2022
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Second Stage Theater's Broadway production of Stephen Adly Guirgis' play, Between Riverside and Crazy, directed by Austin Pendleton begins previews tonight, Wednesday, November 30th. The play will officially open on Monday, December 19, 2022 at Second Stage's Hayes Theater.

Second Stage originally presented Between Riverside and Crazy at its off-Broadway home, the Tony Kiser Theater, in February 2015.

City Hall is demanding more than his signature, the landlord wants him out, the liquor store is closed - and the Church won't leave him alone. For ex-cop and recent widower Walter "Pops" Washington (Henderson) and his recently paroled son Junior (Common), the struggle to hold on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive collides with old wounds, sketchy new houseguests and a final ultimatum in this Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy from Stephen Adly Guirgis. For Pops and Junior, it seems the Old Days are dead and gone - after a lifetime living Between Riverside and Crazy.

Meet the cast below!

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Victor Almanzar


Credits include Joey Fresco, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven; Oscar, Grand Concourse; Luis, Man in the Ring; Herbert, Medea. Some TV and Film credits include: 11:55, Homeland, Power, Empire, Blue Bloods, Chicago PD, High Maintenance. Before turning his attention to acting, Victor was a United States Marine. He received his MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School and is now a proud lifetime member of The Actors Studio and the Labyrinth Theater Company.

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Elizabeth Canavan

(Detective Audry O'Connor)

is making her Broadway debut with this production. Theater: Halfway Bitches Go Straight To Heaven, Between Riverside and Crazy, Pipeline, Little Flower of East Orange, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Our Lady of 121st Street, Jesus Hopped the "A" Train. Film: Allswell, 1 Mile to You TV: Younger, Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, Sex And The City. She is a recipient of the Dramatists Guild Foundation's 2021 Madge Evans and Sidney Kingsley Award for excellence in the theater. LAByrinth Theater Company member.

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starred in the original productions of Between Riverside and Crazy at Second Stage and Atlantic Theater. Other theatre credits include Continuity (MTC), Basilica, A Free Man of Color (Lincoln Center), and Much Ado About Nothing (Public Theater). She can currently be seen recurring on Power Book III: Raising Kanan (Starz). Best known as "Ouija" on Orange is the New Black (Netflix). Film credits include The Lost Girls (Netflix), The Dead Don't Die (Focus Features), Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Fox Searchlight)

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(Church Lady)

is a member of The LAByrinth Theater Company. She's a Drama Desk, Obie, Lucille Lortel, Audelco, Outer Critics Circle, HOLA, and Kingsley Award winner. She originated the role of Church Lady in the Pulitzer Prize-Winning play, Between Riverside and Crazy, at Second Stage and The Atlantic Theater. She also originated the role of Haiku Mom in Quiara Alegría Hudes Pulitzer winner, Water By The Spoonful (also at 2ST). She's a series regular on the critically acclaimed series The Bear on FX. Liza has recurred on In Treatment on HBO, David Makes Man on HBO Max, and Law & Order: S.V.U.

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Academy Award, Emmy and Grammy-winning artist, actor, author, and activist, COMMON most recently appeared opposite Keke Palmer in the film Alice, which premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. He recently wrapped production on Stefon Bristol's Breathe opposite Jennifer Hudson, Milla Jovovich, and Quvenzhané Wallis, as well as Apple TV+'s upcoming sci-fi drama series, "Wool" and the independent Hollywood satire, El Tonto. Other film and television work includes Mindy Kaling's hit Netflix series "Never Have I Ever;" Ava for director Tate Taylor; The Informer with Joel Kinnaman and Rosamund Pike; The Kitchen opposite Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss; The Hate You Give with Amanda Stenberg, Issa Rae and KJ Apa; the Warner Bros animated film Smallfoot; the indie film All About Nina; the action film Hunter Killer with Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman and Linda Cardellini; David Ayer's Suicide Squad; John Wick: Chapter 2; and A Happening of Monumental Proportions with Allison Janney. He serves as an executive producer of Showtime's hit TV series "The Chi" and the Netflix drama Burning Sands. He starred in the Oscar nominated film, Selma, and co-wrote with John Legend the song, "Glory," for which he won the 2015 Academy Award and 2016 Grammy Award for "Best Original Song in a Motion Picture." His many albums include A Beautiful Revolution Parts 1 and 2, Let Love, and Black America Again, among others. He has written two memoirs, Let Love Have the Last Word and One Day It'll All Make Sense, both of which became New York Times best-sellers. For the past several years, Common has dedicated countless hours and has been deeply engaged in social justice and advocacy work around mass incarceration, mental health, and voting. After the success and impact of his Imagine Justice concert in 2017 and his Hope & Redemption Tour to eight different prisons, Common decided to establish and launch "Imagine Justice" as a new nonprofit in 2018. Through his Common Ground Foundation, Common is dedicated to empowering high school students from underserved communities to become future leaders.

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Stephen McKinley Henderson


returns to Second Stage Theatre where he was a member of August Wilson's celebrated Obie Award-winning Jitney ensemble (2002 Olivier Award for Outstanding Drama), as well as the off-Broadway staging of Between Riverside and Crazy. Six Broadway productions include Tony winners for Best Revival; Fences (Tony nomination) and A Raisin in the Sun. Stephen also delights in having played Torvald in the celebrated replacement cast of A Doll's House Part 2 lead by Julie White. Six off-Broadway performances include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot directed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Stephen appears in five Oscar nominated films. Films soon to be released are Causeway, Disappointment Boulevard, Civil War, and DUNE part 2.

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Michael Rispoli

(Lieutenant Caro)

Theatre credits include Between Riverside and Crazy at Atlantic Theater Company and Second Stage, Circle Rep/ Steppenwolf revival of Balm in Gilead directed by John Malkovich, among others. He is a co-founder of the Willow Cabin Theatre Company, whose production of Wilder, Wilder, Wilder moved to Broadway, earning a Tony nomination. Recent TV/film credits include the Paramount+ series "The Offer," opposite Tom Holland in the Russo Brothers feature Cherry, and for three seasons of David Simon's "The Deuce" for HBO. Other film credits include Here After, Bottom of the 9th, Honor Up, Rob the Mob opposite Ray Romano and Andy Garcia, Michael Bay's Pain & Gain, The Rum Diary with Johnny Depp, Union Square, Not for Human Consumption, Tony Scott's The Taking of Pelham 123, Kick-Ass, produced by Brad Pitt's Plan B and directed by Matthew Vaughn, and Friends and Romans, with Annabella Sciorra and Tony Sirico, which Michael also executive produced. On television, Rispoli has recurred on many projects including "FBI: Most Wanted," "Elementary," "Dirty John," "Those Who Kill" for A&E, the STARZ hit series "Magic City," and ABC's miniseries "Madoff," opposite Richard Dreyfuss and Blythe Danner. Other TV credits include "Billions," "Elementary," "Blue Bloods," "The Black Donnelly's," "Third Watch," "10-8," "Person of Interest," "E.R.," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Law & Order: SVU," and CBS's "The Good Wife."

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