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Tuesday, 26 July 2011 11:19

LCT Announces Casting for BLOOD AND GIFTS

MICHAEL ARONOV, JEREMY DAVIDSON, ROBERT HOGAN, JEFFERSON MAYS, ANDRÉS MUNAR, PAUL NIEBANCK, |
JOHN PROCACCINO, LIV ROOTH, GABRIEL RUIZ, PEJ VAHDAT,
ANDREW WEEMS, BERNARD WHITE
TO BE FEATURED IN
LINCOLN CENTER THEATER’S PRODUCTION OF

BLOOD AND GIFTS

A New Play by J.T. ROGERS

Directed by BARTLETT SHER

PREVIEWS BEGIN THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27
OPENING NIGHT IS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21
AT THE MITZI E. NEWHOUSE THEATER

Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of André Bishop, Artistic Director, and Bernard Gersten, Executive Producer) has announced that Michael Aronov, Jeremy Davidson, Robert Hogan, Jefferson Mays, Andrés Munar, Paul Niebanck, John Procaccino, Liv Rooth, Gabriel Ruiz, Pej Vahdat, Andrew Weems and Bernard White will be featured in its upcoming production of BLOOD AND GIFTS, a new play by J.T. Rogers, to be directed by Bartlett Sher, beginning  Thursday, October 27 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street).  Opening night is Monday, November 21.

Commissioned by Lincoln Center Theater, and presented last year at the National Theatre, BLOOD AND GIFTS  tells the story of the secret spy war behind the official Soviet-Afghan War of the 1980s. Spanning a decade and playing out in Washington DC, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, the play follows CIA operative Jim Warnock (to be played by Jeremy Davidson) as he struggles to stop the Soviet Army's destruction of Afghanistan. The ground constantly shifts for Jim and his counterparts in the KGB and British and Pakistani secret service as the political and personal alliances between the men keeps changing. And as the outcome of the entire Cold War comes into play, Jim and a larger-than-life Afghan warlord find the only person they can trust is each other. 

J.T. Rogers is the author of the play The Overwhelming (produced in New York by the Roundabout Theater Company and in London at the National Theatre, in association with Out of Joint), Madagascar, White People,  Murmuring in a Dead Tongue and Seeing the Elephant which was nominated for the Kesselring Prize for Best New American Play.  An earlier version of BLOOD AND GIFTSwas presented as part of a cycle of 11 plays about Afghanistan titled The Great Game: Afghanistan at the Tricycle Theatre in London.

Bartlett Sher, Resident Director at Lincoln Center Theater, directed the LCT productions of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Tony nomination), South Pacific (Tony Award), Awake and Sing! (Tony nomination,)and The Light in the Piazza (Tony nomination)Former Artistic Director of Seattle’s Intiman Theater, his other NY credits include productions at Playwrights Horizons and Theatre for a New Audience.  His opera credits include the MET productions of The Barber of Seville, The Tales of Hoffman and Comte d’Ory.

Now in its 27th year, Lincoln Center Theater is currently presenting, with the National Theatre of Great Britain and Bob Boyett, the National Theatre’s production of War Horse, winner of the 2011 Tony Award for Best Play.   This fall, LCT will also produce the Broadway transfer  of its critically acclaimed production of Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities, directed by Joe Mantello at the Booth Theatre beginning Wednesday, October 12.   In addition,  LCT3, Lincoln Center Theater’s programming initiative devoted to the work of new artists, will present the world premiere of All-American, a new play by Julia Brownell, directed by Evan Cabnet, beginning performances Monday, October 24 at the Duke on 42nd Street (229 West 42 Street).  In Spring 2012 LCT3 will move to its new home, the 131-seat Claire Tow Theater, currently under construction on the roof of the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

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MICHAEL ARONOV LCT: debut.  Theater includes: Manigma, Spain, Miss Julie, Playing with Fire, That Tuesday, Baachae 2.1, King Lear, Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Film: Amexicano, LBS, Hedwig & The Angry Inch.  TV: Burn Notice, The Closer, Blue Bloods, White Collar, Life on Mars, Lipstick Jungle, Without a Trace, All My Children

JEREMY DAVIDSON LCT: debut.  Theater includes: Cyclone, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Nijinsky’s Last Dance, Going Native, Epic Proportions, La Terrasse.  Film: Repatriate, Salt, Little Chenier, Deprivation, Skeletons in the Closet.  TV: Pan Am, Brothers & Sisters, White Collar, Army Wives, The Kill Point, Drift, Boston Legal, Without A Trace, Hate, The Practice, Jag, Century City, Crossing Jordan, NYPD Blue, Rosewell.   

ROBERT HOGAN LCT: debut.  Broadway: A Few Good Men, Hamlet.  Other NY Theater: Mourning Becomes Electra, Rainbow Kiss, Boy, What Didn’t Happen, On The Bum, Further Than the Furthest Thing, Rutherford and Son, Never the Sinner.  Film: Welcome to Academia, Day Zero, Sweetland, Maze, Species II, Lady in Red.  TV: Peyton Place, Ritchie Brockelman, Operation Petticoat, The Wire, Ed, Deadline, The Cosby Show

JEFFERSON MAYS LCT: debut.  Broadway: Pygmalion, Journey’s End, I Am My Own Wife (Tony Award).  Other NY Theater: Of Thee I Sing, Quills, Lydie Breeze, Moe’s Lucky Seven, Culture of Desire, Orestes.  Film/TV:  Detroit 187, Lie To Me, Nurse Jackie, Mildred Pierce, Fringe, Law & Order, L&O: Criminal Intent, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, The Closer, Kinsey, Cousin Bette.

ANDRÉS MUNAR LCT: debut.  Theater: Welcome to Arroyo’s, American Journalero, Los Illegals, Huck and Holden, Acts of Mercy, Light Raise The Roof, Frag, Customs, Sandlot Ball, Life is a Dream, Tight Embrace, Match, Emily, Kissing Fidel.  TV: Law & Order, L&O: Criminal Intent, Queens Supreme

PAUL NIEBANCK LCT: In The Next Room or the vibrator play.  New York Theater includes: Our Lot, Such Things Only Happen in Books, Shockheaded Peter, Cyclone and the Pig Faced Lady, Leaving Queens, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, All’s Well The Ends Well, The Fantasticks, The Country Wife.  Film/TV: As The World Turns, Burn Notice, Gossip Girl, One Life to Live, Insects with Glasses

JOHN PROCACCINO LCT: An American Daughter, The Light in the Piazza (National Tour).  Broadway: ART, A Thousand Clowns, Conversations with My Father. Other Theater includes: Coming of Age in Soho, Good Boys and True, Sylvia, Uncle Vanya, Tartuffe, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, All the King’s Men.   Film: Rose Red, Joyful Partaking, Assassins, Magic in the Water, Born to be Wild.

LIV ROOTH  LCT: debut.  Broadway: Born Yesterday, Is He Dead?.  Off Broadway: Wife to James Whelan, Jane Eyre, Women Beware Women, Love, Shakespeare.  Regional: Surf Report, Boeing-Boeing, Noises Off, Pride and Prejudice, Much Ado About Nothing.  TV: The Good Wife.   

GABRIEL RUIZ LCT: debut.  Theater: Menorca, Why Torture is Wrong, Richard III, Arabian Nights, Our Lady of the Underpass, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, It’s a Wonderful Life, Esperanza Rising, Our Dad is in Atlantis (reading), 10 Minute Play Festival (reading), Harlequin (reading), The Heidi Chronicles.  TV: Boss, The Chicago Code.   

PEJ VAHDAT LCT: debut.  Theater: The Merchant of Venice, Barefoot in the Park, Glengary Glen Ross, King Lear.  Film: Juan Franves: Live, A Separate Tribe, Harvest, The Flight That Fought Back, Blood Shot, The Butcher.  TV: Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS: LA, Shameless, Hawthorne, Bones, Lie To Me, The Unit, 13 (pilot), Valentine, House, General Hospital, Mind of Mencia

ANDREW WEEMS LCT: debut.  Broadway: Inherit the Wind, The Green Bird, London Assurance. Off-Broadway: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Bach at Leipzig, Telethon, Troilus and Cressida, Cymbeline, Pericles, Woman at the Threshold Beckoning.  Film/TV: Sorry, Haters, Nowhere to Go But Up, Hope and Faith, Conviction, Law & Order, Third Watch, Spin City, Liberty, Path to Paradise.  

BERNARD WHITE  LCT: debut.  Theater includes: Art, The Seven, Blithe Spirit, Wings of Desire, Lucy and The Conquest, Landscape of the Body, Sakharam Binder, Tonight at 8:30.   Film includes: It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Quarantine, The World Unseen, Land of Plenty.  TV: The Event, The Defenders, Bones, Numb3rs, 24, Alias, West Wing, Jag, Pensacola, The New Dragnet