Maple and Vine announces complete cast




Playwrights Horizons have announced the full cast for their New York premiere production of Jordan Harrison's Maple and Vine, opening at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater on 7 Dec 2011, following previews from 19 Nov 2011, and closing on 23 Dec 2011.

Directed by Anne Kauffman, the cast will feature Marin Ireland, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Trent Dawson, Pedro Pascal and Jeanine Serralles.

Maple and Vine: Katha (Marin Ireland) and Ryu (Louis Ozawa Changchien) have become allergic to their 21st-century lives. After they meet a charismatic man from a community of 1950s re-enactors, they forsake cell phones and sushi for cigarettes and Tupperware parties. In this compulsively authentic world, Katha and Ryu are surprised by what their new neighbors - and they themselves - are willing to sacrifice for happiness.

Maple and Vine premiered in the 2011 Humana Festival. In addition to Playwrights Horizons, next season it will be produced at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and Next Theatre in Chicago.

Bios:

Louis Ozawa Changchien (Ryu). Off-Broadway: 'Year One' (Second Stage). Regional: 'Eurydice' (Williamstown), 'Hamlet' (Trinity Rep), 'Bring Love to My Doorstep' (Guthrie). Film: "Fair Game," "Gigantic," "Pretty to Think So," "Tomorrow Arigato," "Robot Stories," "On the Q.T.," "Predators," the upcoming "Indelible," "Things I Don’t Understand" and "Lefty Loosey Tighty Righty." TV: “Law & Order” “Heroes and Villains,” “3 lbs” and “Lights Out.”

Trent Dawson (Dean) made his Broadway debut as 'Jack Lane' in 'The Herbal Bed.' His other theater credits include productions of 'As You Like It,' 'Much Ado About Nothing,' 'Macbeth,' 'Altitude Sickness,' 'The Revival,' 'Beyond Therapy,' 'The Homecoming' and 'A Winter’s Tale.' Television credits include “The Good Wife,” “As the World Turns” and “Guiding Light.”

Marin Ireland (Katha) earned a Tony nomination for her performance in Neil LaBute's 'reasons to be pretty.' She also earned an Obie Award for her performance in 'Cyclone' at Studio Dante. Her other New York stage credits include 'After Miss Julie' on Broadway and the Off-Broadway productions of 'Three Sisters,' 'In the Wake,' 'Blasted' and 'Bad Jazz.' Television credits include “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Good Wife” and “Homeland.”

Pedro Pascal (Roger/Omar). Off-Broadway credits include 'Old Comedy,' 'Some Men,' 'Beauty of the Father' and 'The Cartells.' Regional credits include 'The Miracle at Naples,' 'Ghosts' and 'Orphans.' Film credits include "Adjustment Bureau," "I Am That Girl" and "Burning Bridges." TV work includes “Law and Order: SVU,” “The Good Wife,” “Nurse Jackie” and “NYPD Blue.”

Jeanine Serralles (Ellen/Jenna). Off-Broadway credits include 'Stunning,' 'Hold Please,' 'The Black Eyed,' 'The Misanthrope' and 'The Glass.' Other New York credits include 'Not Enough Oxygen,' 'Mayhem' and 'The Jammer.' Television credits include “Sex and the City,” “The Good Wife” and “Guiding Light.”

Jordan Harrison (Playwright) was last represented at Playwrights Horizons with his play 'Doris to Darlene.' His other plays include 'Amazons and Their Men' (Clubbed Thumb), 'Futura' (Portland Center Stage), 'Act a Lady' (2006 Humana Festival), 'Finn in the Underworld' (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), 'Kid-Simple' (2004 Humana Festival, SPF), 'The Museum Play' and 'The Flea and the Professor' (Arden Theatre Company).

Anne Kauffman (Director) won an Obie Award for her work on 'The Thugs' by Adam Bock (SoHo Rep). She previously collaborated with Jordan Harrison on the World Premieres of 'Maple and Vine' (Humana Festival, 2011), 'Act a Lady' (Humana Festival, 2006) and 'The Flea and the Professor' (Williamstown, 2011). Other New York credits include 'This Wide Night' with Edie Falco and Alison Pill (Naked Angels), 'Stunning' by David Adjmi (Lincoln Center Theater 3), Dan LeFranc’s 'Sixty Miles to Silver Lake' (SoHo Rep/Page 73), 'God’s Ear' by Jenny Schwartz (Vineyard/New Georges), 'The Loyal Opposition' by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas (NYTW), 'Hang Ten' by Karen Hartman (Women’s Project), 'The Ladies' by Anne Washburn (The Civilians), 'Dot' (Clubbed Thumb) and 'Sides: The Fear Is Real' (Culture Project). Anne is a 2010 recipient of the Lilly Award in Direction and a 2010 recipient of the Alan Schneider Director Award.