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Cast Complete for the New York Premiere of DANIEL'S HUSBAND at Primary Stages


Primary Stages, in association with Ted Snowdon, has announced complete casting for the final production of their 2016/17 season, the New York premiere of DANIEL'S HUSBAND.

The cast of DANIEL'S HUSBAND will feature Anna Holbrook (The Dolphin Position) as "Lydia Bixby," Lou Liberatore (Burn This) as "Barry Dylan," Matthew Montelongo (One Night) as "Mitchell Howard," Ryan Spahn (Exit Strategy) as "Daniel Bixby," and Leland Wheeler ("Blue Bloods") as "Trip."

Written by Michael McKeever (Moscow) and directed by Joe Brancato (Miracle on South Division Street), DANIEL'S HUSBAND will begin previews at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce St) on Wednesday, March 22, with opening night set for Tuesday, April 4 for a limited run through Friday, April 28.

In DANIEL'S HUSBAND, we see Daniel and Mitchell enjoying life as the Perfect Couple. Perfect house, perfect friends, even a mother who wants them to wed. What isn't perfect is that Daniel longs to be married and Mitchell does not. A turn of events forces both men to face the consequences of their opposing views, and they learn that they are living in a world where fundamental rights aren't always so fundamental. Proclaimed by the Miami Herald as "beautifully crafted, powerfully realized and emotionally devastating," DANIEL'S HUSBAND takes an unflinching look at how we choose to Tie the Knot. Or not.

The performance schedule for DANIEL'S HUSBAND is as follows: Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm. Exceptions: There will be additional performances on Tuesday, March 28 at 8pm, Saturday, April 8 at 2pm, Saturday, April 15 at 2pm, Tuesday, April 25 at 8pm and Wednesday, April 26 at 2pm. There will be no 8pm performance on Wednesday, April 5 or Wednesday, April 26.

Single tickets for DANIEL'S HUSBAND are priced at $70 and available at or by calling OvationTix at 212-352-3101. Group tickets are available for $45 per ticket ($35 for student groups) by contacting 212-840-9705. Subscriptions for the Primary Stages 2016/17 Season are on sale now for $90. Subscriptions include tickets to the two remaining mainstage productions. All subscription packages can be purchased by visiting or by calling OvationTix at 212-352-3101.

Primary Stages' 2016/17 season includes Tanya Saracho's FADE, which is currently in performances through March 5 at The Cherry Lane Theatre. The season began with THE ROADS TO HOME, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Horton Foote (Harrison, TX) and directed by Michael Wilson (The Trip to Bountiful).

Primary Stages is an Off-Broadway not-for-profit theater company dedicated to inspiring, supporting, and sharing the art of playwriting. We operate on the strongly held belief that the future of American theater relies on nurturing playwrights and giving them the artistic support needed to create new work. Since our founding in 1984, we have produced more than 125 new plays, including Donald Margulies' The Model Apartment (1995 premiere and 2013 revival); David Ives' Lives of the Saints and All in the Timing (original 1993 production and 2013 revival); Billy Porter's While I Yet Live; Kate Fodor's Rx; Charles Busch's The Tribute Artist and Olive and the Bitter Herbs; A.R. Gurney's Black Tie; Horton Foote's Harrison, TX and Dividing the Estate (Two 2009 Tony Award® nominations); Theresa Rebeck's Poor Behavior; Deborah Zoe Laufer's Informed Consent; Terrence McNally's Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams and The Stendhal Syndrome; Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter's In the Continuum (which went on to tour the U.S., Africa, and Scotland); and Conor McPherson's St. Nicholas (which marked the playwright's U.S. debut). Our productions and artists have received critical acclaim, including Tony, Obie, Lortel, AUDELCO, Outer Critics' Circle, Drama League, and Drama Desk awards and nominations. Primary Stages supports playwrights and develops new works through commissions, workshops, readings, and our education and training programs: The Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, the Marvin and Anne Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA), the Fordham/Primary Stages MFA in Playwriting, and the newly launched Primary Stages Off-Broadway Oral History Project. Through these programs, Primary Stages advocates for our artists, helping them make important-and often transformative- connections within the theater community.


Anna Holbrook (Lydia) returns to Primary Stages where she appeared in The Dolphin Position. Just off the Penguin Rep production of Daniel's Husband, she is delighted to rejoin both, her favorite men, and Primary Stages. Recent NY: Natural Life, Hot L. Baltimore. TV/Film: I Love Trouble, "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU," "The West Wing," "Spin City," "Another World" (Daytime Emmy).

Lou Liberatore (Barry). Stage: Broadway: Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Award Nominations for Burn This. Off-Broadway, Regional, and London. TV: Daytime, Primetime, Pilots, Movies. Film: Features, Independents. As Director: Solo Shows, TV Pilot. Education: Fordham (Lincoln Center), William Esper. Member: Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Actor's Center, New Circle Theatre Company, Circle Repertory Company (1985-1996).

Matthew Montelongo (Mitchell). Broadway: A View from the Bridge and The Ritz. Off-Broadway: One Night (Cherry Lane), This Backstage Life (Atlantic), His Daddy (EST), Whore (SPF),God's Ear (Vineyard Theatre/New Georges), Five Flights (Rattlestick), The Mineola Twins and Arms and the Man (Roundabout), and Tartuffe (NYSF/Public Theatre). Television: "Forever", "Gossip Girl", "Law & Order: SVU" (x2). Film: Bear City 3.

Ryan Spahn (Daniel) returns to Primary Stages after appearing in 2016's Exit Strategy. Ryan wrote, produced, and starred in the films, "He's Way More Famous Than You", "Grantham & Rose", and "Woven", as well as the digital series, "What's Your Emergency" ( Off-Broadway: Gloria (Vineyard Theatre). Regional: Philadelphia Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Martha's Vineyard Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Group. TV: "Ugly Betty, Voyager". LA Weekly Theatre Award. Julliard.

LELAND WHEELER (Trip). Regional: Daniel's Husband (Penguin Rep). Film & Television: "1/1", We Need to Talk about Kevin, "Blue Bloods". Currently studying with Deborah Hedwall & a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NY). Since 2001, Leland & his family annually produce the award-winning Heritage Music BluesFest in Wheeling, WV.

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