American Theater Company rethinks casting for Inge’s ‘Picnic’

February 7, 2017 - Picnic Time

When American Theater Company’s new artistic executive Will Davis announced his initial deteriorate of programming final spring, William Inge’s 1953 play Picnic stood out among a line-up of newer works. But Davis betrothed a “loving reimagining” that would core Inge’s possess closeted homosexuality and “a life lived during a periphery of one’s possess desire.”

We now know what that will demeanour like, casting-wise during least. ATC announced this morning that Jeff Award leader Molly Brennan will play Hal, a large drifter who disrupts a tiny city on a day of a Labor Day picnic; Malic White will play Madge Owens, who finds herself captivated to Hal notwithstanding a fact that she’s dating Hal’s aged crony Alan, to be played by Jose Nateras. Madge’s younger sister, Millie, will be played by Alexia Jasmene, with Patricia Kane as their mother, Flo.

Rosemary, a propagandize teacher, will be played by Michael Turrentine, with Robert Cornelius as Rosemary’s boyfriend, Howard; Laura McKenzie will play Mrs. Potts, a neighbor who hires Hal to do peculiar jobs.

“My series one idea here is to not have a review about what kind of physique is personification a purpose of what kind of body,” Davis pronounced in a press release. “I expel this uncover to simulate a odd yearning we feel emanating from a heart of Inge’s play.” The pattern group for Picnic includes Evvie Allison (choreography), Joe Schermoly (set), Melissa Ng (costumes), Rachel Levy (lights), Miles Polaski (sound) and Abigail Cain (props). Picnic runs Mar 17 to Apr 23 during American Theater Company.

Pictured top, from left: Molly Brennan, Robert Cornelius, Alexia Jasmene, Patricia Kane; bottom, from left: Malic White, Laura McKenzie, Jose Nateras, Michael Turrentine

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