By TRACY LETTS
Directed by DAVID CROMER
Sometimes even the most devout can lose their faith. When Ken (Tony Award winner Reed Birney), a middle aged man from Nebraska, suddenly finds he’s lost his, along with his sense of purpose, he goes on a wild adventure to find it. Along the way he encounters a world vastly different from his own, filled with chance meetings and romantic encounters that shake him to the core. From the playwright of August: Osage County comes a fascinating exploration into what happens when we lose our belief system and the characters that come into our lives on the path to a meaningful existence.
HEIDI ARMBRUSTER (Pat Monday). Broadway: Time Stands Still. NY Theater: Poor Behavior (Primary Stages), Disgraced (LCT3), Tea and Sympathy (Drama League Nom), Boy, (Keen) Sea of Tranquility (The Atlantic), The Fifth Column, Love Goes To Press, Susan and God (The Mint), Duchess of Malfi (Red Bull), Hillary (New Georges) among others. Extensive regional credits including, Hartford Stage, Dallas Theater Center, NYSF, Westport Country Playhouse, Barrington Stage Company, The Guthrie, ACT, Seattle Repertory, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Baltimore Center Stage, George Street. TV includes Michelle on TV Land’s Younger, Louie, House of Cards, Blue Bloods, Elementary, The Blacklist, Black Box, 30 Rock, 666 Park Ave., Unforgettable, Law and Order SVU, Law and Order. FILM: Poor Behavior, My Man Is A Loser, Michael Clayton, The Northern Kingdom, The Smurfs, MFA from ACT (ACT’s 2013 Rising Star Award recipient).
REED BIRNEY (Ken). Broadway: The Humans (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award), Gemini, Picnic, and Casa Valentina (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award). Off-Broadway: Bug (Obie Award), Blasted (Drama Desk nomination), Circle Mirror Transformation (Obie Award, Drama Desk Award), Uncle Vanya (Drama Desk nomination),Tigers Be Still, The Dream of the Burning Boy (Outer Critics Award nomination), You Got Older (Drama Desk nomination), and I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard (Drama Desk nomination). TV: “House of Cards” (Donald Blythe), “The Blacklist” (Tom Connolly), and “Girls”. He is the recipient of a 2006 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence, a 2011 Special Drama Desk Award honoring his career, and the Richard Seff Award from Actors’ Equity.
TOM BLOOM (Bud Todd). Broadway: Henry IV, Cyrano, Racing Demon. Off-Broadway: Roundabout, Lincoln Center, Playwrights' Horizon, Manhattan Class, Circle-In-The-Square, Manhattan Theatre Club, Classic Stage, NYSF, TFANA. Regional: ACT, Yale Rep, Guthrie, Shakespeare Theatre DC, Hartford Stage, Williamstown, Baltimore Center Stage, Portland Stage (ME), Portland Center Stage (OR), Huntington, McCarter, Two Rivers, others. Film/TV: Thomas Crown Affair, Elementary, Joshua, Taking Chance, Emperor's Club, Sly Like a Fox, Best Thief in The World, “Law & Order: SVU,” “Criminal Intent,” “Ed,” “Max Bickford,” “The Jury,” “Wonderland.”
ANNIKA BORAS (Ashley Kohl) was recently seen in John Patrick Shanley’s The Prodigal Son (MTC). Other Off- Broadway: Chair (Lortel nom), The Broken Heart, Macbeth (TFANA). An Oresteia (Drama League nom), Orlando (CSC). Regional: JUNK by Ayad Akhtar, dir. Doug Hughes (La Jolla), The Danish Widow (NYS&F). The Importance of Being Earnest, The Miracle Worker (Papermill). Currently filming Kevin Williamson’s “Time after time.” Select TV: Baz Luhrmann’s ”The Get Down,” “Chicago Fire,” “The Following,” “The Blacklist,” “Homeland.” Training: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London.
NANA MENSAH (Tamyra) makes her Second Stage debut with Man from Nebraska. She wrote, directed and stars in the forthcoming film Queen of Glory and plays the role of Sade in the popular series, “An African City” (2015 Golden Movie Award Winner, 2016 AMVCA Nominee). She starred as 'Clare' in the 2016 OBIE Award-winning play, I'll Never Love Again (a chamber piece) by Clare Barron at the Bushwick Starr. Other theater credits include productions and readings at Manhattan Theatre Club, Classic Stage Company, Playwrights Horizons, Playwrights Realm, New York Theatre Workshop, and others.
MAX GORDON MOORE (Harry Brown) is an Actor and Playwright. On Broadway, he was seen in Relatively Speaking, three one-act plays written by Ethan Coen, Elaine May, and Woody Allen. Other recent credits include Indecent (The Vineyard, Yale Rep, La Jolla Playhouse), The Master Builder with John Turturro (BAM); Arcadia, The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Yale Rep); Time and the Conways (The Old Globe); Constellations (The Seattle Rep), Man and Superman, It's a Wonderful Life (Irish Rep); Tragedy: A Tragedy (Berkeley Rep); The Seagull (Cleveland Playhouse); Richard III, The Merchant of Venice (California Shakespeare Theater); Pleasure and Pain (Magic Theatre); Private Jokes, Public Places (Aurora Theatre). Film and TV: Gods Behaving Badly, The Terrors of Basket-Weaving,“Madam Secretary,” and “The Good Wife.” MFA, Yale School of Drama; Herschel Williams Prize in Acting..
KATHLEEN PEIRCE (Cammie Carpenter). NY stage credits include Our Town (dir. David Cromer, Barrow Street); Summerfolk, The American Clock, Something Unspoken (all dir. Austin Pendleton), The Habitation of Dragons (dir. William Carden); The Laramie Project (Small Pond), Wonderland (HERE); Talking With..., The Beauty Part, Table Manners (Present Company). Regional: Uncle Vanya (dir. Olympia Dukakis), The Three Sisters (Two Rivers). TV: “The Blacklist,” “BUNK.” Web: “Soup Kitchen Nightmares.” Film: Finding Graceland, Nine Lives, Black Mail, A Coda to Cody, Green Belt.
WILLIAM RAGSDALE (Reverend Todd) has appeared on Broadway in Biloxi Blues and Getting Away with Murder. His off-Broadway credits include Briar Patch at EST and Blind Spot at the Laurie Beechman Theater. Regional credits include The Importance of Being Earnest at the Berkeley Rep and The Goat at Southern Rep. He was last seen as Det. Schrank in West Side Story at the Paper Mill Playhouse in June. Television credits include "Justified" on FX, "Herman's Head," and the TBS's upcoming "Search Party." Films include Fright Night, The Reaping, and Mannequin 2.
ANNETTE O'TOOLE (Nancy Carpenter) received the 2016 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical, as well as Drama Desk and Drama League award nominations, for her performance in Southern Comfort. Her Off-Broadway and regional credits include Hamlet in Bed (Rattlestick Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe), Southern Comfort (Barrington Stage, Cap21), Third (Two River Theatre), Heresy (Flea Theater), Kindness (Playwrights Horizons), The Seagull (CSC), The Quality of Life (Arena Stage), and Magnolia (Goodman Theatre). O’Toole’s film and TV credits include A Stupid and Futile Gesture, Women Who Kill, We Go On, 48 Hours, Superman III, Cat People, Smile, One on One, “Smallville,” and “The Kennedys of Massachusetts” (Emmy, Golden Globe nominations). O’Toole also received an Academy Award Best Song nomination with Michael McKean for "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow."
TRACY LETTS (Playwright) is the author of the plays Linda Vista, Mary Page Marlowe, Superior Donuts, August: Osage County (Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award), Man From Nebraska (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Time Magazine’s Top Ten Plays of 2003), Bug, and Killer Joe. Also an actor, he has appeared on Broadway in Will Eno's The Realistic Joneses and Edward Albee's Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (2013 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role). Film appearances include The Lovers, Christine, Imperium, Indignation, Wiener-dog, Elvis and Nixon, The Big Short. TV: Divorce (HBO), two seasons as Sen. Lockhart on Homeland (Showtime), Seinfeld. He is an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and his appearances there include: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, American Buffalo, Betrayal, Homebody/Kabul, The Dresser, The Dazzle, Glengarry Glen Ross, Three Days of Rain, many others.
DAVID CROMER (Director) most recently directed The Effect at the Barrow Street Theatre, where he also directed Our Town and Orson’s Shadow. Additional New York credits include Women or Nothing at The Atlantic Theater Company, Really Really at MCC, The House of Blue Leaves and Brighton Beach Memoirs on Broadway, When The Rain Stops Falling and Nikolai and the Others at Lincoln Center Theater, and Adding Machine at the Minetta Lane. Originally from Chicago, his credits there include Sweet Bird of Youth (The Goodman), A Street, Picnic and The Price (Writers Theatre).
TELSEY + CO (Casting) Broadway/Tours: Anastasia, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Hello, Dolly!, War Paint, Present Laughter, Come from Away, Paramour, Waitress, On Your Feet!, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Wicked, Something Rotten!, The King and I, An American in Paris, The Sound of Music. Off-Broadway: Atlantic, Classic Stage Company, LAByrinth, MCC, Signature. Regional: A.R.T., La Jolla, McCarter, New York Stage and Film, Paper Mill, Williamstown. Film: Into the Woods, Margin Call, Rachel Getting Married, Across the Universe, Camp, Pieces of April. TV: “Hairspray Live!,” “Conviction,” “This Is Us,” “Grease Live!,” “The Wiz Live!,” “Flesh and Bone,” “Masters of Sex,” “Smash,” “The Big C,” commercials. www.telseyandco.com
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