The Pearl Announces Casting for Terrence McNally's AND AWAY WE GO Premiere
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by BWW News Desk
The Pearl Theatre Company has announced casting for the world premiere of And Away We Go, a new play written expressly for The Pearl by four-time Tony Award-winner Terrence McNally. New plays bookend The Pearl's first season at its new home on 42nd Street, which just began with the premiere of Charles Morey's critically acclaimed Figaro.
For And Away We Go, Obie Award-winner and Tony nominee Joanne Camp returns to The Pearl to lead a 6 person cast. Camp is a 25-year founding member of The Pearl whose husband, Shepard Sobel, founded the company in 1984. Obie Award-winner Sean McNall, who garnered praise as the title character in Figaro, joins Camp along with current Resident Acting Company members including Dominic Cuskern, Rachel Botchan, and Pearl founding member Robin Leslie Brown. Stanley Bahorek rounds out the cast.
Performances of And Away We Go will take place April 19-May 19 at The Pearl Theatre. The Pearl Theatre is located at 555 West 42nd Street in New York City. For a limited time, advance-sale single tickets will be available for its remaining 2012-2013 productions until December 1.
The Pearl has also unveiled a new 3-play subscription for the remainder of its 2012-13 season-In Acting Shakespeare, Henry IV Part 1(directed by The Whale's Davis McCallum), and McNally's And Away We Go. 3-Play subscriptions are $150. Single tickets are $60 ($45 previews, $35 seniors, $20 students, $20 Thursday rush) and can be purchased by visiting pearltheatre.org or calling 212.563.9261.
McNally, whom The Pearl commissioned to write And Away We Go, says, "I have long admired The Pearl for its commitment to a company of actors who take on the challenge of finding new life and relevance in the great plays of the past, many of them written specifically for companies much like The Pearl. The invitation to write a new play for them was one I could not resist. It's an exhilarating proposal-a daunting one, too."
And Away We Go time travels from backstage in ancient Athens to a rehearsal at London's Globe Theatre, from Versailles's Royal Theater to the first reading of a new play by Chekhov-with an unlikely stop in Coconut Grove and the American premiere of Waiting for Godot along the way. Times change but life in the theatre remains the same: chaotic, sometimes brutal but often euphoric, too.