The Pearl Theatre Company (J.R. Sullivan, Artistic Director) has announced its final production of the 2011-12 season, Eugene O'Neill's A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN. It begins performances on March 6, 2012 at New York City Center Stage II. The production will be directed by J.R. Sullivan. Tickets are currently on sale through CityTix® and at NYCityCenter.org.
"This last completed work by one of our greatest playwrights is a masterful mix of the comic and tragic," according to artistic director J.R. Sullivan, who is directing the production. "It is O'Neill at his dramatic best, in a work that astonishes with its piercing understanding of the lost and lonely and a sudden and startling lyricism."
A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN marks the sixth production staged by Sullivan in his three seasons as The Pearl's Artistic Director. His Pearl Productions include Richard II, Wittenberg, Hard Times, The Playboy of the Western World, Widowers' Houses, and Twelfth Night. He was the founder of the New American Theater in Illinois, and served as an associate artistic director of the Utah Shakespeare Festival from 2002 until summer 2009. His work has been seen in regional theaters across the country, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, The Studio Theatre in Washington DC, and the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia, among others.
As previously announced, the 5-person cast for A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN will include Dan Daily (Phil Hogan), a Pearl company member since 1998, who is currently appearing in The Philanderer and has appeared off-Broadway with The New Group, Keen Company, and Classic Stage Company. Kim Martin-Cotten (Josie Hogan) makes her debut with The Pearl, having been seen on Broadway in Merchant of Venice and in the national tour of August: Osage County. Regionally, she has appeared at The Goodman Theatre, The Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Shakespeare Theatre DC. Andrew May (James Tyrone), also making his debut with the company, has been seen regionally with the Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theater, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. He will be seen in the upcoming national tour of War Horse. Kern McFadden (T. Stedman Harder), last appeared at The Pearl as Oronte in The Misanthrope. He has appeared in New York with the Irish Repertory Theatre and regionally with The Old Globe, the La Jolla Playhouse, and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Sean McNall (Mike Hogan), a member of The Pearl company since 2003, was featured this season in the title role of Richard II and last season as Alceste in The Misanthrope. Mr. McNall received a 2008 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence in Performance.