October 27, 2014
ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
Announces Full Casting For
The McCarter Theatre Center and Fiasco Theater Production of
INTO THE WOODS
Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Book by JAMES LAPINE
As reimagined by Fiasco Theater
Directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld
JESSIE AUSTRIAN, NOAH BRODY, PAUL L. COFFEY, ANDY GROTELUESCHEN, LIZ HAYES,
CLAIRE KARPEN, JENNIFER MUDGE, PATRICK MULRYAN, BEN STEINFELD and EMILY YOUNG
Previews begin December 18, 2014
Official opening January 22, 2015
Limited engagement through March 22, 2015
Off-Broadway at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre
Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce that the upcoming Off-Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning Into the Woods will feature the original McCarter Theatre Center/Fiasco Theater cast, including: Jessie Austrian as “Baker’s Wife,” Noah Brody as “Lucinda, Wolf & Cinderella’s Prince,” Paul L. Coffey as “Mysterious Man,” Andy Grotelueschen as “Milky White, Florinda & Rapunzel’s Prince,” Liz Hayes as “Cinderella’s Stepmother & Jack’s Mother,” Claire Karpen as “Cinderella & Granny,” Jennifer Mudge as Witch,” Patrick Mulryan as “Jack & Steward,” Ben Steinfeld as “Baker” and Emily Young as “Little Red Ridinghood & Rapunzel.”
Into the Woods begins preview performances Off-Broadway on Thursday, December 18, 2014 and opens officially on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street). This is a limited engagement through Sunday, March 22, 2015.
Into the Woods has been reimagined by Fiasco Theater and is directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld. This production premiered in May 2013 at the McCarter Theatre in association with the Fiasco Theater, and was subsequently produced at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, CA.
With only 10 actors, one piano and boundless imagination, this witty and wildly theatrical re-invention is Into the Woods like you’ve never seen it before! This stripped-down, unplugged, thrillingly clever new version includes all the dazzling classic songs like “Children Will Listen” and “Giants in the Sky.” Mind the wolf, heed the witch and honor the giant at this extraordinary musical about the power of wishes and what happens when they really do come true.
Roundabout has a long relationship with Stephen Sondheim having produced five Tony Award®–nominated Sondheim revivals including Company (1995), Follies (2001), Tony Award® winning Assassins (2004), Pacific Overtures (2004) and Sunday in the Park with George (2008). In 2005, Roundabout honored Sondheim with the Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre for the indelible impact his life’s work has made on the theatre. In 2009 Roundabout presented a one-night only gala concert reading of A Little Night Music. In 2010, Roundabout presented a special Broadway musical tribute to Sondheim entitled Sondheim on Sondheim conceived and directed by Into the Woods’ librettist James Lapine and in the same year, renamed Broadway’s Henry Millers’ Theatre in honor of Mr. Sondheim.
The creative team includes: Derek McLane (Sets), Whitney Locher (Costumes), Christopher Akerlind (Lighting), Darron L West (Sound), Lisa Shriver (Choreographer) and Matt Castle (Pianist/Music Director).
Tickets for Into the Woods are available by calling 212.719.1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org, and in person at Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theatre Box office (111 West 46th Street). Single tickets for Into the Woods are $99.
Into the Woods will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 7:30PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM.
Into the Woods is made possible with major support from Ms. Elizabeth Armstrong and Ted and Mary Jo Shen.
Into the Woods benefits from Roundabout’s Musical Theatre Fund with lead gifts from The Howard Gilman Foundation and Perry and Marty Granoff.
Musicals at Roundabout are supported with generous gifts from: The Bok Family Foundation and Cynthia Wainwright and Stephen Berger.
JESSIE AUSTRIAN (Baker’s Wife) is a co-artistic director and founder of Fiasco Theater, and is thrilled to be returning to Fiasco’s Into the Woods with this incredible team. She recently co-directed Fiasco’s production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C. Broadway: The Importance of Being Earnest, Lend Me a Tenor. Off-Broadway: Fiasco’s Measure for Measure (The New Victory Theatre), Fiasco’s Cymbeline (Theatre For a New Audience and Barrow Street), The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Roundabout). Regional credits include Into the Woods, McCarter Theatre Center and Old Globe; The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Folger Theatre; Jane Eyre, The Guthrie; The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Trinity Repertory Company; My Fair Lady, Actors Theatre of Louisville and Virginia Stage Company; Cabaret & Main, Williamstown. TV: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Made in Jersey.” Adjunct faculty at New York University Gallatin School. Proud graduate of Brown University and the Brown/Trinity MFA Acting Program. Proud wife to a Very Nice Prince named Noah Brody.
NOAH BRODY (Co-Director; Lucinda, Wolf, Cinderella’s Prince) is an actor, director, writer and teacher. He is a co-artistic director and head of producing for Fiasco Theater. Noah has co-directed Fiasco’s productions of Into the Woods, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night and Cymbeline, which received the 2012 Off Broadway Award for best revival. He has acted in all of Fiasco’s productions including the Two Gentlemen of Verona. He has acted at theaters around the country and in Europe, appeared shirtless on soaps, headless on a crime drama, and as a dismembered torso on some underwear boxes. He teaches acting, voice and text through Fiasco and the NYU Gallatin School summer Shakespeare Intensive. He is a proud graduate of the Brown-Trinity MFA Acting program.
PAUL L. COFFEY (Mysterious Man) has appeared Off-Broadway in Fiasco’s productions of Measure for Measure and Cymbeline and in Theatre for a New Audience’s recent production of The Taming of The Shrew. Regionally he has appeared in Fiasco’s Into the Woods at The Old Globe in San Diego, CA and at the McCarter Theater Center in Princeton, NJ, as well as in Fiasco’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona at The Folger Shakespeare Theater in Washington, DC. Other regional credits include work with Trinity Repertory Company, Pig Iron Theatre Company, The Vineyard Playhouse, Company of Fools, BoarsHead Theater, The Theater at Monmouth, The Peterborough Players and The Berkshire Theatre Festival. Paul is a graduate of the Brown University/Trinity Rep Graduate Acting Program where he was a Stephen Sondheim Fellow.
ANDY GROTELUESCHEN (Milky White, Florinda, Rapunzel’s Prince) has appeared in Fiasco Theater’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folger Theatre), Measure for Measure (The New Victory Theater), Into the Woods (Old Globe, McCarter Theatre Center), Twelfth Night, and Cymbeline (Theatre for A New Audience, Barrow Street Theatre). He made his Broadway debut with Roundabout in Cyrano de Bergerac. His other New York City credits include Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew (Theatre for a New Audience), Balm in Gilead with Michael Shannon, Monstrosity (13P), The Scariest (The Exchange), and The Glass Contraption’s The Amazing Ted Show! (Ars Nova). Regionally he has appeared in The Servant of Two Masters (Yale Repertory Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre Company), The Heart of Robin Hood (American Repertory Theater), and Noises Off (Actors Theatre of Louisville). His other regional credits include Guthrie Theater, The Acting Company, The Broad Stage, Sundance Institute Theatre Labs, Arizona Theatre Company and Trinity Repertory Company. His film projects include Still on the Road (PBS) and American Gladiators. On television, he appeared on “Elementary” (CBS) and “The Good Wife” (CBS). Mr. Grotelueschen is a graduate of the Brown/Trinity M.F.A. Acting Program, an apprentice to Christopher Bayes, and a Fiasco Theater company member, and he is from Iowa.
LIZ HAYES (Cinderella’s Stepmother, Jack’s Mother). Regional: Grounded (The Gamm Theatre), Into the Woods (Old Globe/McCarter/Fiasco). Boston: Lungs, Collected Stories (New Repertory Theatre), Seminar, Strangers on a Train (Stoneham Theatre), Crimes of the Heart (Gloucester Stage), Look Back in Anger, Marisol, Love Song (Elliot Norton Nomination, Orfeo Group), Breaking the Code, Absurd Person Singular (Central Square Theater), Adding Machine: A Musical (Elliot Norton Nomination, SpeakEasy Stage), Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Three Tall Women, A Little Night Music, The Spitfire Grill (Lyric Stage). Teaching: The Boston Conservatory (Voice & Speech Faculty), Walnut Hill School for the Arts (Acting Faculty). Training: GWU/Shakespeare Theatre Company and Brown University.
CLAIRE KARPEN (Cinderella, Granny). NY: David Ives’ The Heir Apparent dir. John Rando (CSC) Regional: Into the Woods (Old Globe/McCarter/Fiasco), The 60’s Project (Goodspeed), The Last Five Years (Stamford Center for the Arts), Richard III, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, Comedy of Errors (Trinity Rep). Writing: Hardcore West Virginia (2012 ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop, written with Mike Pettry). Directing: The Woodsman (59E59), Henry IV Part I, Trelawny of the Wells, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune and A Little Night Music (Juilliard), Voices in My Head (Ars Nova). Training: Juilliard and Brown University.
JENNIFER MUDGE (Witch) most recently appeared in Rocky on Broadway and in Neil LaBute’s Happy Hour as part of LaMama’s aDa Festival. Last spring she appeared as the Witch in an acclaimed revival of Into the Woods at the McCarter with Fiasco. She played opposite Matthew Broderick in the Roundabout’s Broadway production of The Philanthropist, and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for the first NY revival of Dutchman, at the Cherry Lane. She also played Maggie at the Geffen Playhouse in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, with John Goodman. Other New York theater includes The Big Meal (Playwright’s Horizons), directed by Sam Gold, Don’t Go Gentle (MCC), OOH-RAH (Atlantic), Fault Lines (Naked Angels), directed by David Schwimmer, Geometry of Fire and Craig Wright’s The Pavilion (Rattlestick Theater), the world premiere of Terrence McNally’s The Stendhal Syndrome (Primary Stages), Reckless (Broadway), and Only the End of the World (Company Charniere). She has worked regionally at Arena Stage, Bay Street, NY Stage & Film, AL Shakespeare, CATF, Sundance, Perry-Mansfield, Westport Playhouse, Williamstown, and many shows at Trinity Rep Company, where she received her MFA. Film and TV appearances include Hal Hartley’s indie feature My America, season one of “BOSS” opposite Kelsey Grammer (Starz), Dead Man Down, You Don’t Know Jack (HBO), and Mary Harron’s short film, Sonnet for a Towncar, opposite Josh Charles, as well as Stephen Belber’s Drifting Elegant, Lefty Loosey (Northside Festival winner), “The Big C,” “The Good Wife,” “Mercy,” “Life is Wild,” “Canterbury’s Law,” “Law & Order” and “L&O: Criminal Intent.” She was a 2007 recipient of the Marian Seldes-Garson Kanin Fellowship from the Theater Hall of Fame, and is an IHI Honorary Board Member.
PATRICK MULRYAN (Jack, Steward) has appeared in New York in Fiasco Theater’s Cymbeline (Barrow Street Theatre, Theatre for a New Audience), Bum Phillips All-American Opera (La MaMa/Monk Parrots, Inc.), and As You Like It (Happy Few Theatre Company, NYIT Award Nomination Outstanding Ensemble). His regional credits include Fiasco’s Into the Woods (McCarter Theatre Center, Old Globe), Cabaret and The Importance of Being Earnest (Trinity Repertory Company), and Chain of Fools (Guthrie Theater). Mr. Mulryan has participated in workshops and developmental readings with Fiasco, Bay Street, Lark Play Development Center, New Georges, New World Stages, Theatre for a New Audience, A Collection of Shiny Objects, and Brown University, collaborating with directors such as Julie Taymor, Chay Yew, and Daniella Topol, as well as playwrights Jackie Sibblies Drury, Mallery Avidon, Joe Waechter, Edgar Mendoza, Alexandra Collier, and Noah Brody. Mr. Mulryan has been a Guest Lecturer in Voice at SUNY Purchase and Fordham University and teaches Voice and Speech at the Acting Studio and the Tom Todoroff Conservatory in New York. He also works privately as a mentor and socialization coach for children on the autism spectrum. Mr. Mulryan is a proud graduate of the Brown/Trinity M.F.A. Acting Program. He has also trained with A Guthrie Experience, The Actors’ Center, Moscow Art Theatre, and Oberlin College (B.A.).
BEN STEINFELD (Co-Director; Baker) is an actor, director, teacher and musician. Ben has been seen on Broadway in the recent Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Cyrano de Bergerac, and as James Monroe in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. He has acted in and co-directed Fiasco Theater’s acclaimed productions of Cymbeline (Theatre for a New Audience and the Barrow Street Theatre) and Into the Woods (McCarter Theatre and The Old Globe). He co-directed Fiasco’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folger Theatre), which will play at TFANA this spring. Other regional acting credits include: Misalliance (Portland Center Stage), Design for Living (Williamstown), Room Service (Westport), and ten plays with Trinity Rep. Ben’s television and film work includes: HBO’s Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and the only film adaptation of Christopher Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta. Ben co-authored an essay for the book Living With Shakespeare (Random House), and is an artist-in-residence with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Ben is co-artistic director of the celebrated Fiasco Theater. He is a graduate of Brown University and the Brown/Trinity MFA Program.
EMILY YOUNG (Little Red Ridinghood, Rapunzel) is delighted to be making her Roundabout debut doing Into The Woods with Fiasco Theater. Broadway: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Off-Broadway with Fiasco Theater: Measure for Measure, New Victory Theater; Cymbeline, Theater For A New Audience/Barrow Street Theater. Other Off-Broadway credits: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Public Theater; Romeo and Juliet, Theater Breaking Through Barriers; Colorado, SPF ’04. Regional: Into the Woods, The Old Globe, McCarter Theater Center; Two Gentlemen of Verona and Cymbeline, The Folger Theater; King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival; Love’s Labor’s Lost, Henry V, and Much Ado About Nothing, Illinois Shakespeare Festival; Cherry Orchard, Trinity Rep; Emma, Kennedy Center’s Millennium Festival. Workshops/readings: Sundance Theater Lab, New York Stage & Film, ADP at TFANA, dirs. Cicely Berry and Andrew Wade. Film: God of Love (winner of Academy Award for Best Live Action Short 2011), Manhattan Melody (official selection at Telluride and Atlanta Film Festivals, 2nd place at Woodstock Film Festival), Natives (Winner Best Short Seattle LGBT Film Festival, official selection at SXSW, The East Village Film series, New Orleans Film Festival, et al). Training: Brown/Trinity; B.A. Brown University.
Fiasco Theater is an ensemble theater company created by graduates of the Brown University/Trinity Rep M.F.A. acting program. Past shows include Cymbeline, Twelfth Night, and Into the Woods. Cymbeline was presented Off-Broadway twice, for nearly 200 performances, and was honored with the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for best revival of 2011/2012. On February 28th they will premiere their current production, Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, at the New Victory Theatre through March 16th. This spring they will present a new production of Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Folger Theatre in Washington, DC. This summer their critically acclaimed production of Into the Woods will be presented at the Old Globe in San Diego before its New York run at Roundabout. Fiasco has been in residence with the Sundance Theatre Lab, NYU-Gallatin, Duke University, Marquette University, and LSU. Their work has been developed at the Orchard Project and the Shakespeare Society, and they have led master classes at Brown University and NYU. Since 2008, Fiasco has annually offered the Free Training Initiative—a conservatory-level classical acting intensive for professional actors, completely free of charge to students. www.fiascotheater.com
McCarter Theatre Center: Under the leadership of Artistic Director Emily Mann and Managing Director Timothy J. Shields, McCarter Theatre Center is recognized as one of the nation’s premier theater companies. World premieres include Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2013 Tony Award for Best Play) and Miss Witherspoon; Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays; Edward Albee’s Me, Myself & I; Emily Mann’s Having Our Say; Danai Gurira’s The Convert; and Regina Taylor’s Crowns. Other significant Broadway productions include Brian Friel’s Translations; Nilo Cruz’s Anna in the Tropics; and Electra, directed by David Leveaux. McCarter is supported by Princeton University, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and over 3,000 individuals, corporations, and foundations. www.mccarter.org.
The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre opened in March 2004 with an acclaimed premiere of Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel starring Viola Davis, directed by Dan Sullivan. In the ten years since that landmark production, the center has expanded beyond the Laura Pels Theatre to include the Black Box Theatre and now a new education center. The Steinberg Center continues to reflect Roundabout’s commitment to produce new works by established and emerging writers as well as revivals of classic plays. This state-of-the-art off-Broadway theatre and education complex is made possible by a major gift from The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. The Trust was created in 1986 by Harold Steinberg to promote and advance American Theatre as a vital part of our culture by supporting playwrights, encouraging the development and production of new work, and providing financial assistance to not-for-profit theatre companies across the country. Since its inception, the Trust has awarded over $70 million to more than 125 theatre organizations.
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Roundabout Theatre Company presents a variety of plays, musicals, and new works on its five stages, each of which is specifically designed to enhance the needs of Roundabout’s mission. Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design, is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics. Roundabout’s Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions. The Stephen Sondheim Theatre offers a state of the art LEED certified Broadway theatre in which to stage major large-scale musical revivals. Together these distinctive homes serve to enhance Roundabout’s work on each of its stages.
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