Van Dyck, Larson et al. Join Baldwin & Underwood in EQUUS, 6/8 - 7/13

Van Dyck, Larson et al. Join Baldwin & Underwood in EQUUS, 6/8 - 7/13

As BroadwayWorld has previously reported, Alec Baldwin is starring as the psychiatrist Martin Dysart in Peter Shaffer's Equus this summer at Guild Hall in East Hampton, N.Y. The production, which co-stars Sam Underwood and is directed by Tony Walton will run from June 8 - July 13 at the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall. This will be Baldwin's first production at Guild Hall, of which he is a board member. 

Additional casting has been announced today and includes Kathleen McNenny, Shashi Balooja, Nehassaiu deGannes, Steve Hamilton, Mark Larson, Terrence Michael McCrossan, Tuck Milligan, Chuck Novatka, Taylor Proffitt, Jp Qualters, Georgia Warner and Jennifer Van Dyck.

Equus, written in 1973, tells the story of a psychiatrist who attempts to treat a young man who has a pathological religious/sexual fascination with horses. The New York Times is reporting that Shaffer plans to rewrite parts of the script for this next production and will work in residence at Guild Hall. Equus will be directed Tony Award-winning set designer Tony Walton.  

The play was originally staged at the Royal National Theatre at the Old Vic in London in 1973. It was directed by John Dexter and starred Alec McCowen as psychiatrist Martin Dysart and Peter Firth as Alan Strang, the young patient. In 1976 it transferred to the Albery Theatre with Colin Blakely playing Dysart. It was also presented on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre with Anthony Hopkins and Peter Firth.

Equus was revived in 2007 in London's West End, with Richard Griffiths and Daniel Radcliffe in the leading roles. The production, directed by Thea Sharrock, opened in February 2007 at the Gielgud Theatre. This London revival transferred to Broadway in 2008 and played the Broadhurst Theatre, running through 8 February 2009. Radcliffe and Griffiths reprised their roles, and Thea Sharrock returned as director.

For tickets and more information on the production, visit www.guildhall.org.

Photo Credit: Peter James Zielinski

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