The New Group has announced complete casting for Francine Volpe's suspenseful drama The Good Mother. Darren Goldstein, Alfredo Narciso, Eric Nelsen and Bill Sage join Gretchen Mol (previously announced) in this world premiere directed by Scott Elliott. Previews for the play, which launches The New Group's 2012-13 season, begin October 29 in advance of an Official Opening Night on Thursday, November 15. A limited Off-Broadway engagement is slated through December 22 at The New Group @ Theatre Row (The Acorn Theatre / 410 West 42nd Street / Acorn Theatre).
In this taut psychological thriller, Larissa (Gretchen Mol) is a single mother who can barely meet the mortgage on her house in Mount Vernon, NY. When a bizarre incident involving her 4-year-old daughter forces her to face someone from her past, her own questionable actions come back to haunt her.
Directed by Scott Elliott, The Good Mother will feature Darren Goldstein (at The New Group: Mouth To Mouth, Abigail's Party (Lortel nom., Outstanding Featured Actor), Terrorism; Broadway: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, TV: "Damages"), Gretchen Mol (B'way: Chicago, Off-B'way: The Shape of Things (also film); Film: 3:10 to Yuma, The Notorious Bettie Page, Celebrity, Rounders, Donnie Brasco, more; TV: "Boardwalk Empire"), Alfredo Narciso (Off-B'way: The Unusual Love Life of Bed Bugs and Other Creatures, Chimichangas & Zoloft, The Ugly One, Thinner Than Water, Edgewise, Microcrisis), Eric Nelsen (B'way: 13 the Musical; Off-B'way: Time Being, Ragamuffins, Interaction) and Bill Sage (at The New Group: Wallace Shawn's Aunt Dan and Lemon with Kristen Johnston and Lili Taylor (extended run); Film: American Psycho, Boiler Room; Hal Hartley's Trust, Ambition and Flirt; TV: "Boardwalk Empire," "Nurse Jackie"). This production includes Set Design by Derek McLane, Costume Design by Cynthia Rowley, Lighting Design by Jason Lyons and Sound Design by Bart Fasbender.
Playwright Francine Volpe's credits include The Given (directed by Michael Imperioli at Studio Dante, finalist for The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), Late Fragment (Studio Dante), Sweethearts (The New Company), Giftbox (stageFARM). Her work has been developed at A.C.T., Arena Stage, Naked Angels, Rattlestick Theater, Soho Rep. Graduate of the Juilliard School, teaches screenwriting and playwriting at Sarah Lawrence College, ESPA, Stella Adler Academy in Los Angeles. Member of New Dramatists.