New Jersey Stage

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sandy Duncan to Head Cast of George Street Playhouse's Production of Circle Mirror Transformation Set to Open 2010-11 Season


(New Brunswick, NJ) –- Stage and screen star Sandy Duncan returns to lead the cast of the George Street Playhouse production of Circle Mirror Transformation - set to open the New Brunswick theatre's 37th season. Ms. Duncan, who returns to George Street following her withdrawal (due to health concerns) from last season's Creating Claire, will portray Marty, the teacher of a quartet of Vermont adult acting class students in a local community center. Her students include Tom Riis Farrell (Broadway's Chicago), Sandie Rosa, Amanda Sykes and Nick Wyman (Tale of Two Cities on Broadway).

What do a flirty former actress, a teen-aged girl, a hippie husband and a recently-divorced carpenter have in common? Not much until they take an acting class together for six weeks, revealing secrets that they never intended and transforming in ways they never expected. Annie Baker's comedy, which recently won a 2010 OBIE Award as Best New Off-Broadway Play and was named one of the best plays of the 2009 season by The New York Times, The New Yorker and Time Out New York, will run in New Brunswick beginning Tuesday, October 5 and run through Sunday, October 31.

"I am so happy to be welcoming back Sandy to George Street, and to welcome this very talented quartet of fine actors," said George Street Playhouse Artistic Director David Saint, "and I am doubly thrilled to have the very talented director Anders Cato here as well. They couldn't be more perfect to bring this wonderfully funny play to life on our stage."

Subscription packages as well as individual tickets are currently available for sale. For further information or to purchase tickets contact the George Street Playhouse Box Office 732-246-7717 or visit the GSP website: www.GSPonline.org. George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue in the heart of New Brunswick's Dining and Entertainment District.

Creating the world of Circle Mirror Transformation will be scenic designer R. Michael Miller, lighting designer Joe Saint, costumer designer Jennifer Moeller and sound designer Christopher J. Bailey.

Annie Baker's plays have been developed and performed at the Soho Rep, Atlantic Theater Company, Playwrights Horizons, the Ontological-Hysteric, the Magic Theatre (New Voices West), the Brick, EST, and the 2007 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. She is the recipient of a Sloan Foundation Grant for screenwriting and a Michener Fellowship in playwriting. She graduated from the Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and was a member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab.

Anders Cato has directed I Am My Own Wife, Doubt, Souvenir and The Seafarer at George Street Playhouse. He recently directed an acclaimed production of Mrs Warren's Profession at The Alley Theatre, as well as The Last Five Years, Beckett's Waiting for Godot and Shaw's Candida at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. Other directing credits include War and Craig Lucas's adaptation of Miss Julie at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York, Texts for Nothing at The Royal Court Theatre in London and the Magic Theater in San Francisco, When the World Was Green at American Repertory Theater and Moscow Art Theatre, Blood Orange at Cherry Lane Theatre, A Dream Play at Westbeth Theatre, The War in Heaven at La Jolla Playhouse, All My Sons, Tango Palace, and In Berlin at 7 Stages, Gross Indecency and Dirty Blonde at Theatre in the Square. His production of I Am My Own Wife was seen at Cleveland Playhouse, Coconut Grove Playhouse and George Street Playhouse. At Berkshire Theatre Festival he also directed Texts for Nothing (with Joseph Chaikin), Miss Julie, Talley's Folly, Heartbreak House, The Misanthrope, The Father, American Buffalo, The Night of the Iguana, Via Dolorosa, Love! Valour! Compassion!, and Mrs. Warren's Profession.

Sandy Duncan's career spans the stage and screen. Her many credits include Broadway: Chicago (as Roxie Hart), Canterbury Tales (Tony Award nomination), The Boyfriend (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Awards), Peter Pan (Tony nomination), My One and Only (with Tommy Tune & husband Don Correia). N.Y. City Center: No, No Nanette!, The Music Man, Carousel, Life with Father, Finian's Rainbow. Off-Broadway: The Fourth Wall, Ceremony of Innocence (Theatre World Award), Your Own Thing. Los Angeles: Vanities (LA Drama Critics nomination). Other select stage: Driving Miss Daisy, The Glass Menagerie, A Body of Water (Old Globe Theatre), Steel Magnolias, Free Fall (wrote and starred in at Berkshire Theatre Festival), 5,6,7,8 Dance! (Radio City), I Do! I Do! (with James Naughton), Love Letters (with Peter Fonda), South Pacific (with Michael Nouri). Television: Funny Face (Emmy nomination),Roots (Emmy nomination), The Hogan Family; specials Sandy in Disneyland and The Sandy Duncan Special; made for television movies My Boyfriend's Back and Miracle On I-880; Pinocchio (with Danny Kaye), Law & Order, The Muppet Show. Ms. Duncan is also widely known as the commercial spokesperson for Nabisco's Wheat Thins and the Sylvan Learning Center. Animation: My Little Pony, The Fox and the Hound, Rock-A-Doodle, Swan Lake, I Am Curious. Concerts: Together (with Don Correia & Guy Stroman) with major symphony orchestras across the country. Ms. Duncan continues her commitments to AIDS and children's issues.

Tom Riis Farrell just finished playing Amos Hart ("Mr. Cellophane") in Chicago on Broadway. Other Broadway/Off-Broadway credits include: Coram Boy; dirty BLONDE (Helen Hayes Award); Wrong Mountain; 1776; and Al Pacino's production of Arturo Ui. Films: Trust the Man, Stepford Wives, Almost Famous, Bringing Out the Dead, Out-of-Towners, Devil's Advocate, Sleepless in Seattle, Scent of a Woman. Television: Fringe, Brotherhood, The Black Donnellys, NYPD Blue, Spin City,New York Undercover, six guest leads on Law & Order and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and the TV movies The Deliverance of Elaine with Chris Cooper and Mare Winningham, and The Love Letter with Campbell Scott and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Sandie Rosa NYC/Off-Broadway: Wanda's World, Let's Face It, Good News, and Extraordinary the Musical. Regional: Yeast Nation: The Triumph of Life (ATC, Chicago and Perseverance Theatre); Urinetown (Weston Playhouse and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); and Into the Woods (Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre). Film: Going the Distance. You can also check her out "scrambling" on PBS's new The Electric Company.

Amanda Sykes' recent New York credits include roles in Nobody Suspects a Butterfly and Proof. Regional appearances include ‘Tis a Pity She's a Whore, The Government Inspector and A Christmas Carol for American Conservatory Theatre, from whom she recently received her Master of Fine Arts degree. Other notable roles include Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, Lizzie Curry in The Rainmaker, Olivia in Twelfth Night and Sissy in Dividing the Estate.

Nick Wyman Broadway: Tale of Two Cities, Phantom, Les Miz, My Fair Lady, Sly Fox, Very Good Eddie, Magic Show, Grease, Whoopee!, Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Doubles, On the Twentieth Century. Film: Die Hard With a Vengeance, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Igby Goes Down, Maid in Manhattan, Funny Farm, Weeds, Private Parts, Synecdoche, NY. Television: One Life to Live, The Good Wife, Law and Order, The Chappelle Show, numerous voice-over and on-camera commercials. Regional theaters: Guthrie, Arena Stage, Goodman Theater, Asolo Rep, Hartford Stage, Pittsburgh Public, et al. President of Actors Equity and proud member since 1974.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director David Saint, George Street Playhouse has become a nationally recognized theater, presenting an acclaimed mainstage season while providing an artistic home for established and emerging theatre artists. Founded in 1974, the Playhouse has been well represented by numerous productions both on and off-Broadway – recent productions include the Outer Critics' Circle Best Musical Award-winner The Toxic Avenger, the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League nominated production of The Spitfire Grill and the recent Broadway hit and Tony® and Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof by David Auburn, which was developed at GSP during the 1999 Next Stage Series of new plays. In addition to its mainstage season, GSP's Touring Theatre features three issue-oriented productions that are seen by more than 70,000 students annually. George Street Playhouse programming is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Continental Airlines is the official airline of George Street Playhouse.