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Thu 6 Aug 2009

The Understudy: Mark-Paul Gosselaar and
Justin Kirk complete cast


Roundabout Theatre Company has announced the full cast of the New York premiere of Theresa Rebeck�s new comedy The Understudy, directed by Scott Ellis. Joining previously announced Tony Award winner Julie White as 'Roxanne' are Mark-Paul Gosselaar (TNT�s 'Raising the Bar') as 'Jake' and Justin Kirk (Showtime�s 'Weeds') as 'Harry'.

The comedy opens at the Laura Pels Theatre on 5 Nov 2009, following previews from 9 Oct, for a limited engagement running through to 3 Jan 2010.

The Understudy: The star he's working with doesn't get the play. The disgruntled stage manager happens to be his ex-fiance. The set technician is high. Just another day in the life of an understudy. The most thankless job in theatre takes centre stage in this comic look at the underbelly of the acting world.

The design team will include Alexander Dodge (Sets), Tom Broecker (Costumes), Kenneth Posner (Lights), Obadiah Eaves (Original Music & Sound).

The Understudy had its world premiere in July 2008 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, directed by Scott Ellis.

Mark-Paul Gosselaar's (Jake) prolific television career began in 1989 when he played his iconic role, 'Zach Morris,' on the teen television show, 'Saved by the Bell.' Gosselaar is currently starring in the TNT drama, 'Raising the Bar' for producer Steven Bochco. Gosselaar�s television credits also include 'Murphy Brown', 'The Wonder Years', 'Punky Brewster', HBO�s 'John From Cincinnati' and 'Robot Chicken'. In addition, Gosselaar had the lead role in his first feature film, 'Dead Man on Campus.' More recently, Gosselaar starred with Geena Davis in ABC�s 'Commander in Chief' and previously as detective 'John Clark' in 'NYPD Blue', where he began his professional relationship with Steven Bochco.

Justin Kirk (Harry) currently stars on the Showtime television series 'Weeds' and has earned a Golden Globe nomination for �Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television�. He also starred as 'Prior Walter' in Mike Nichols�s award-winning mini-series 'Angels In America.' Starring alongside Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and his 'Weeds' co-star Mary-Louise Parker, Kirk was nominated for both an Emmy and SAG Award for his performance in the mini-series. Recently, Kirk completed filming a few independent films � 'The Presence with Mira Sorvino' and 'Elektra Luxx' with Carla Gugino and Timothy Olyphant.

Julie White (Roxanne) received the Tony Award for Best Actress for her performance in 'The Little Dog Laughed.' for which she also received an Obie Award. She recently starred on stage in 'From Up Here' at Manhattan Theatre Club.

Theresa Rebeck's (Playwright) made her Broadway debut in 2007 with 'Mauritius' at the Biltmore Theatre in a Manhattan Theater Club Production. Rebeck�s 'Our House' had a limited run at Playwrights Horizons this summer. Off-Broadway productions of her plays include 'The Scene,' 'The Water�s Edge,' 'Loose Knit,' 'The Family of Mann' and 'Spike Heels' all at Second Stage; 'Bad Dates' and 'The Butterfly Collection' at Playwrights Horizons; and 'View of the Dome' at New York Theatre Workshop.

Scott Ellis (Director) most recently directed David Rabe�s 'Streamers' at Roundabout�s Laura Pels Theatre. He was most recently represented on Broadway by the new Kander and Ebb musical 'Curtains' starring David Hyde Pierce (Tony Nomination, Best Direction of a Musical). He is the Associate Artistic Director of the Roundabout Theatre Company.

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