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The Keen Company announces cast of Lonely Planet


Arnie Burton

Matt McGrath
Arnie BurtonMatt McGrath

The Obie Award-winning Keen Company has announced the cast of the upcoming production of Steven Dietz's Lonely Planet, helmed by Keen's Artistic Director Jonathan Silverstein, at Theatre Row's Clurman Theatre.

Broadway alumni Arnie Burton and Matt McGrath will take on the roles of Jody and Carl, respectively. Mr. Burton's Broadway credits include 'Machinal,' 'Peter and the Starcatcher,' 'A Free Man of Color,' 'The 39 Steps,' and 'Amadeus.' He was last seen off-Broadway in the Red Bull Theater revival of 'The Government Inspector.' Mr. McGrath appeared on Broadway in 'Cabaret,' 'A Streetcar Named Desire,' 'Peter Pan' and 'Working,' and last appeared off-Broadway in The New Group's 'Steve' and in MCC Theater's 'The Legend of Georgia McBride.'

Lonely Planet will begin performances on October 3, 2017, before officially opening on October 19, and will conclude its limited engagement on November 18, 2017.

Synopsis: "Lonely Planet is the story of friendship in a time of crisis. Set in a small map store on the oldest street in an American city, Lonely Planet is an intimate portrait of two friends at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Shop owner Jody becomes increasingly fearful of the world outside and the dangers it poses, refusing to leave his shop. Meanwhile Carl, his spirited friend, begins filling the store with a variety of mysterious chairs. Lonely Planet examines how we all navigate troubled times."

The creative team features scenic design by Anshuman Bhatia, costume design by Jennifer Paar, lighting design by Paul Hudson and sound design by Bart Fasbender.

As part of its 2017-2018 season, Keen Company will also present A.R. Gurney's Later Life, which will begin previews at Theatre Row on February 27, 2018, before officially opening on March 15, and will conclude its limited engagement on April 14, 2018.

- by Tom Millward

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