That Hopey Changey Thing: cast announced


That Hopey Changey Thing: cast announced

The Public Theater has announced complete casting for the world premiere of That Hopey Changey Thing, written and directed by Richard Nelson. That Hopey Changey Thing, the first play of the 2010-2011 Public LAB season, will open on 2 Nov 2010, following previews from 26 Oct and run through to 14 Nov 2010. The cast will feature Jon DeVries (Benjamin Apple), Shuler Hensley (Tim Andrews), Maryann Plunkett (Barbara Apple), Laila Robins (Marian Apple Platt), Jay O. Sanders (Richard Apple) and J. Smith-Cameron (Jane Apple Halls). That Hopey Changey Thing is set on election day, 2 Nov 2010. Uncle Benjamin’s dog has died and his nieces and nephew have gathered for dinner in Rhinebeck, New York, to surprise him with a new one. While the polls close, the Apple family discusses memory, manners, and politics. The 2010-2011 Public LAB season will continue this spring with Urge for Going by Mona Mansour, directed by Hal Brooks (25 Mar to 17 Apr 2011) and Knickerbocker by Jonathan Marc Sherman, directed by Pippin Parker (6 May to 29 May 2011). An additional Public LAB show, opening this winter, will be announced at a later date. Bios: Jon Devries (Benjamin Apple) recently appeared in the national tour of 'August: Osage County.' He has been seen off-Broadway in 'The Accomplices,' 'Richard II,' 'Hamlet,' 'The General From America,' 'Patient A' and 'Goodnight Children Everywhere.' His film credits include "American Gangster," "The International," "Che, Part One," "Evening," "Fat Man and Little Boy," "The Baxter," "Invasion U.S.A.," "City of Hope," "Sarah, Plain and Tall" and "The First Deadly Sin." Shuler Hensley (Tim Andrews) won Tony and Olivier Awards for his performance in Trevor Nunn’s 2002 revival of 'Oklahoma!' His other New York theater credits include 'Les Miserables,' 'Tarzan,' and 'Young Frankenstein' on Broadway, and 'The Great American Trailer Park Musical' off-Broadway at New World Stages. Maryann Plunkett (Barbara Apple) is making her Public Theater debut. Her Broadway credits include 'A Man For All Seasons,' 'Saint Joan,' 'The Seagull,' 'The Crucible,' 'Me and My Girl' (Tony Award), 'Sunday in the Park With George,' and 'Agnes of God.' Her Off-Broadway credits include 'Rodney’s Wife,' 'an oak tree,' 'Aristocrats' and 'Jayson.' Laila Robins (Marian Apple Platt) has appeared at The Public in 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' (2007) and 'The Merchant of Venice' (1995). Her Broadway credits include 'Heartbreak House,' 'Frozen,' 'The Herbal Bed' and 'The Real Thing,' and she has been seen off-Broadway in 'That Face,' 'Antony and Cleopatra,' 'Sore Throats,' 'Tiny Alice,' 'Mrs. Klein' and many more. Jay O. Sanders (Richard Apple) has appeared at The Public in 'Twelfth Night,' 'Hamlet,' 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream,' 'Stuff Happens,' 'Taming of the Shrew,' 'King John,' 'Henry V' and 'Measure for Measure.' His Broadway credits include 'Pygmalion,' 'Saint Joan,' 'The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial' and 'Loose Ends,' and some of his many off-Broadway credits are 'The Argument,' 'Lone Star Love,' 'The Exonerated' and 'Buried Child.' J. Smith-Cameron (Jane Apple Halls) appeared this summer in a recurring role on HBO’s “True Blood.” Her Broadway credits include 'After the Night and the Music,' 'Tartuffe,' 'Night Must Fall,' 'The Play’s the Thing,' 'The Real Inspector Hound and the Fifteen Minute Hamlet,' 'Our Country’s Good' (Tony nomination), 'Lend Me A Tenor,' 'Wild Honey' and 'Crimes of the Heart.' Her numerous off-Broadway credits include 'Tartuffe' (The Public), 'The Starry Messenger,' 'Good Boys and True,' 'Pen,' 'God of Hell,' 'Sarah, Sarah,' 'Fuddy Meers,' 'As Bees In Honey Drown' and 'The Naked Truth.'