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Complete Casting Announced for THE MIRACLE WORKER

COMPLETE CASTING ANNOUNCED

FIRST BROADWAY REVIVAL OF WILLIAM GIBSON’S

THE MIRACLE WORKER
Directed by KATE WHORISKEY

TOBIAS SEGAL, DANIEL ORESKES, MICHAEL CUMMINGS,
SIMONE JOY JONES, YVETTE GANIER, LANCE CHANTILES-WERTZ

JOIN 50th ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION STARRING
 ABIGAIL BRESLIN AND ALISON PILL

PREVIEWS BEGIN FEBRUARY 12, 2010

 

Producers David Richenthal, Eric Falkenstein and Randall Wreghitt are pleased to announce that Tobias Segal, Daniel Orsekes, Michael Cummings, Simone Joy Jones, Yvette Ganier and  Lance Chantiles-Wertz complete the cast of the first revival of William Gibson’s THE MIRACLE WORKER as the Tony Award® winning play celebrates its 50th Anniversary of opening on Broadway.

THE MIRACLE WORKER, directed by Kate Whoriskey (Ruined), will star Academy Award® nominee Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) and Tony Award® nominee Alison Pill (The Lieutenant of Inishmore) as Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan, iconic roles made famous by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke in the Tony Award® winning play and landmark feature film adaptation, Golden Globe® and Emmy Award® nominee Matthew Modine (“And the Band Played On,” Short Cuts), Jennifer Morrison (Fox series “House M.D.,” the film Star Trek) and Tony Award® winner Elizabeth Franz (Death of a Salesman).

THE MIRACLE WORKER will be staged in the round for the first time at Circle in the Square Theatre (235 West 50 Street). Previews will begin on Friday, February 12, 2010 toward an officially opening Wednesday, March 3, 2010.

Set in the South in the 1880s, THE MIRACLE WORKER tells the story of real-life blind and deaf Medal of Freedom winner Helen Keller, who suddenly lost her sight and hearing at the age of 19 months, and the extraordinary teacher who taught her to communicate with the world, Annie Sullivan.

THE MIRACLE WORKER originally opened at The Playhouse Theatre on October 19, 1959 and was awarded the 1960 Tony Award® for Best Play in addition to garnering leading lady Anne Bancroft a Tony Award® for Best Actress in a Play for the role of Annie Sullivan and a Theatre World Award for newcomer Patty Duke for her portrayal of Helen Keller. Both actresses received Academy Awards® for their work in the feature film adaptation.

BIOGRAPHIES

TOBIAS SEGAL (James). Broadway debut.  Last season, he played roles in The Cherry Orchard and A Winter's Tale in Sam Mendes' Bridge Project (BAM, Old Vic, European and Asian Tour.)  Off Broadway, Toby appeared in From Up Here at MTC (Drama Desk and Drama League nominations) and Doris to Darlene at Playwrights Horizons.  Regional credits in Denver and Philadelphia include Equus (Barrymore Award). Film and television: Rocky Balboa, New Year Parade (Slamdance Grand Jury Prize), “Medium,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order SVU.”

DANIEL ORESKES (Doctor/Anagnos) originated the role of “Big Davey” in Billy Elliot. Other recent credits include “Theseus” in Midsummer Night's Dream (Public), “Jupiter” in Cymbeline (Lincoln Center).  Film: The Thomas Crown Affair, Devil's Advocate.  TV: “The Sopranos,” “Waterfront,” “Third Watch,” “Law and Order.”

 

MICHAEL CUMMINGS (Percy). Broadway: Lincoln Center Theatre: Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. Off-Broadway: Ty Jones’s Emancipation; Radha Blank's seed (Classical Theatre of Harlem); A Single Winters Day (Concordia Conservatory). TV: “One Life to Live,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Sesame Street.”

SIMONE JOY JONES (Martha). Broadway debut.  She is a 10 year old native of Greensboro, NC who enjoys reading, writing, singing, dancing and acting, and grateful for the opportunity to do what she loves on stage.

YVETTE GANIER (Viney) won a 2002 OBIE in Breath Boom at Playwrights Horizons. Ms. Ganier, noted for her work with August Wilson, created “Black Mary” in Gem of the Ocean. She created “Rena”in Jitney performing in NY and London. Yvette appeared as“Tonya” in King Hedley II at the Goodman and went on to work on the Broadway production.

LANCE CHANTILES-WERTZ (Jimmie).Broadway Debut. Off-Broadway: The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd. New York City Ballet: The Nutcracker (Prince), Mother Goose.  Eight operas with the Metropolitan Opera.  MTV, Nickelodeon, The Onion News.

TICKETS AND SCHEDULE INFORMATION

THE MIRACLE WORKER tickets are $117.00 (including $2.00 facility charge) and are available by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200, visiting www.telecharge.com or in person at Circle in the Square Theatre box office at  235 West 50 Street.
Group sales tickets may be purchased by calling 212-239-6262 / 800-432-7780.

THE MIRACLE WORKER will play the following schedule.

Previews from Friday, February 12 – Tuesday, March 2:
Monday - Saturday evenings at 8p, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2p. No performances Sunday. Opening night curtain on Wednesday, March 3 is 6:30p.

Beginning Thursday, March 4, 2010: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7p,Friday and Saturday at 8p, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2p. Sunday matinees at 3p. Dark Monday.

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