Playwrights Horizons announces casting for Iowa

Playwrights Horizons has now announced casting for its upcoming World Premiere production of the musical Iowa, featuring a book by Jenny Schwartz, with music and lyrics by Todd Almond, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll.

The cast features Jill Shackner (Becca), Karyn Quackenbush (Sandy), Lee Sellars (Pony/Rodger/Mr. Hill), Cindy Cheung (Liz/Sister Wife), April Matthis (Nancy Drew/Sister Wife), Annie McNamara (Cheerleader/Sister Wife), Carolina Sanchez (Amanda/Sister Wife), and Kolette Tetlow (Younger Becca/Child).

Iowa begins previews at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater on 20 March 2015, before an official opening on 13 April, and continues its limited run through to 10 May 2015.

Synopsis: "Mom found her soul-mate on Facebook, and he lives in Iowa. So Becca says goodbye to her beloved math teacher, bulimic best friend, neighborhood pony and her mildly deficient teenage life, and she follows her wayward mother to a new, uncharted beginning. But in this musical play from the imagination of Jenny Schwartz and Todd Almond nothing can prepare them for what they’ll find."

The creative team features scenic design by Dane Laffrey, costumes by Arnulfo Maldonado, lighting by Tyler Micoleau and sound design by Daniel Kluger. Musical direction is by J. Oconer Navarro.

- by Tom Millward

Jill Schackner