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Arena Stage Presents THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA

Full casting is set for the upcoming Arena Stage musical The Light in the Piazza, book by Craig Lucas, music and lyrics by Adam Guettel, based on the novel by ElizaBeth Spencer. Arena's intimate, chamber version with direction by Arena's Artistic Director Molly Smith runs March 5 to April 11, 2010, with the possibility of extending through April 25 at Arena Stage in Crystal City. The press opening performance is March 11, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. Full release to follow at a later date.

Cast of The Light in the Piazza:
Margaret Anne Florence (Clara Johnson) Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks. Regional: Maccabeat! (Acorn Theatre/NYMTF), Little Shop of Horrors (Provincetown Playhouse). TV/Film: Nurse Jackie (Showtime), Guiding Light (CBS), The New Daughter (New Line Cinema).

Hollis Resnik (Margaret Johnson) National Tour: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Les Misérables. Regional: Grey Gardens (Northlight Theatre, Sarah Siddons Award), A Little Night Music, House of Martin Guerre (Goodman), Always Patsy Cline (Apollo).

Nicholas Rodriguez (Fabrizio Naccarelli) Broadway: Tarzan. Off-Broadway: The Toxic Avenger, Almost Heaven, Bajour. International Tour: Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair. Regional: The Ten Commandments (Kodak Theatre), Damn Yankees (TexARTS). TV: One Life to Live (ABC).

Mary Gutzi (Signora Naccarelli) Broadway: Les Misérables. Off-Broadway: Bar Mitzvah Boy; The Knife; Tapestry: The Music of Carole King; Song for a Saturday. National Tour: Cats, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Ragtime.

Ken Krugman (Signor Naccarelli) Broadway: Assassins, Les Misérables, Candide. National Tour: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Regional: Jersey Boys (Las Vegas), The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Two River Theatre).

Ariela Morgenstern (Franca Naccarelli) Off-Broadway: Adding Machine: A Musical; The Most Lamentable & Tragical Historie of the Barber-Surgeons. Regional: Vanities: A New Musical (Theatreworks); The Threepenny Opera (West Bay Opera); Bingo! The Musical (Center Rep).

Jonathan Raviv (Guiseppe Naccarelli) Regional: Lady Madeline (Steppenwolf), The Light in the Piazza (Weston Playhouse, Goodman Theatre), Sunset Boulevard, The Princess and the Pea, Aladdin (Marriot Lincolnshire), Do I Hear a Waltz? (Theatre at the Center).

Thomas Adrian Simpson (Roy Johnson) Regional: The Fantasticks, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Seagull (Arena Stage); 1776, Call of the Wild (Olney); Les Misérables (Signature Theatre), 110 in the Shade (Signature, Helen Hayes nom).

Drew Eshelman (Priest/Ensemble) Broadway: Les Misérables. Off-Broadway: After the Ball. National Tour: The Boyfriend, The Sound of Music. Regional: Laramie Project: Ten Years Later (Arena Stage); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Theatre Company, Helen Hayes nom).

Jennifer Irons (Tour Guide/Ensemble) Regional: Nobody's Perfect (Kennedy Center), Seussical the Musical (Imagination Stage, Helen Hayes nom), Peter Pan (Olney), Saving Aimee (Signature), She Loves Me, Camelot (Arena Stage).

Michael Vitaly Sazonov (Ensemble) Regional: Mister Roberts, A Streetcar Named Desire (Kennedy Center), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Summer of '42 (Round House Theatre), Cinderella (Olney), The Fantasticks (Arena Stage).

Understudies for The Light in the Piazza are Conrad Buck and Kate Guesman.

The creative team for The Light in the Piazza includes Musical Director Paul Sportelli, Set Designer Anne Patterson, Costume Designer Linda Cho, Choreographer Parker Esse,Lighting Designer Michael Gilliam, Sound Designer Timothy Thompson, Projection Designer Adam Larsen and Stage Manager Susan R. White.

TICKETS: Tickets for The Light in the Piazza range from $25 to $74 plus applicable fees. Discount tickets are available for patrons purchasing tickets for multiple shows, students and groups. A limited number of $10 tickets for patrons ages 30 and under go on sale beginning each Monday for performances that week. (All patrons must present valid ID.) HOTTIX, a limited number of half-price, day-of-performance tickets, are available 90-30 minutes before curtain prior to every performance. Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at (202) 488-3300 or at the Arena Stage Sales Office at 1800 S. Bell Street, Arlington, VA 22202.

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