Stephen Plunkett & More to Join Robert Cuccioli and Angelina Fiordellisi in SNOW ORCHID Off-Broadway
Casting is now complete for the Off-Broadway premiere of a new version of Joe Pintauro's classic drama SNOW ORCHID at the Lion Theatre on Theatre Row (410 W. 42nd St.). Stephen Plunkett (War Horse), David McElwee (The Wayside Motor Inn) and Timothy Hassler (Fiddler on the Roof at Goodspeed) will join previously announced stars Tony Award nominee Robert Cuccioli and Angelina Fiordellisi.Presented by the Miranda Theatre Company and directed by Valentina Fratti, SNOW ORCHID will play a strictly limited four-week engagement, February 3-28, 2015. The official Opening is Sunday, February 8 at 3 p.m.
In 1964 Brooklyn, Rocco Lazarra (Cuccioli) is returning home to face his family, a year after having suffered a nervous breakdown. His fiery wife, Filumena (Fiordellisi), hasn't left their house since before his departure, and longs for her native Sicily.
Their two sons -- Sebbie (Plunkett), a car mechanic, and Blaise (McElwee), a college dropout -- urge her to get out of the house, but with no success. Sebbie longs to escape his complicated relationship with his mother, who knows he is gay but denies it, while his younger brother Blaise tries to earn the motherly love Filumena has never shown him.
And now, with Rocco's long-anticipated return, the family fears his temperament and instability will once again throw their lives into chaos. Joe Pintauro's plays include Beside Herself, The Dead Boy, Raft of the Medusa, Men's Lives, Heaven and Earth and By the Sea. His first incarnation of Snow Orchid was produced in New York City by the Circle Repertory Theatre in the 1980s, starring Peter Boyle, Olympia Dukakis and Robert LuPone. Pintauro is a recipient of the Guild Hall Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Arts and the John Steinbeck Literary Award.
Robert Cuccioli's Broadway credits include Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark, Les Miserables and Jekyll & Hyde -- for which he received a Tony Award nomination, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award. His numerous Off-Broadway credits include Bikeman, Temporary Help, Enter the Guardsman, And the World Goes Round (Outer Critics Circle Award), Gigi and more. His film and television credits include Woody Allen's Celebrity, The Stranger, "White Collar" and "Sliders."
Angelina Fiordellisi has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on tour and regionally in more than 60 plays, including Zorba, Annie, Private Lives (Best Actress Award, Detroit Free Press), Blithe Spirit, Nunsense, Man of La Mancha, Tamara, What The Butler Saw and many more. As founder, artistic director of the new Cherry Lane Theatre, she has produced 77 plays Off and Off-Off Broadway, created and co-founded the Obie Award-winning Mentor Project.