Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: Public Theater announces full cast

The Public Theater has announced complete casting and creative team today for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: The Concert Version, the fourth play of the 2008-2009 Public LAB season.

Written and directed by Alex Timbers and featuring music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: The Concert Version will play at the Public's Shiva Theater from 5 - 24 May 2009.

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: The Concert Version takes a sharp, irreverent look at America�s seventh president, Andrew Jackson. This satirical epic reveals questions about the country we live in and the leaders we choose. Michael Friedman�s score was honored with an L.A. Critics� Award for the musical�s world premiere at Center Theatre Group.

The cast for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: The Concert Version features David Axelrod, James Barry, Darren Goldstein, Greg Hildreth, Jeff Hiller, Lisa Joyce, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe, Bryce Pinkham, Maria Elena Ramirez, Kate Cullen Roberts, Ben Steinfeld, Benjamin Walker and Colleen Werthmann.

The jusical will feature scenic design by Donyale Werle, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Justin Townsend and sound design by Bart Fasbender.

"Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman are two of today's most exciting young artists, creating a unique brand of theater that is wickedly funny, highly theatrical and fiercely smart,� said Associate Artistic Director Mandy Hackett. �In Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, they employ their quick wit to examine a critical moment in our country's evolution."

Public LAB is an annual series of new plays that lets New Yorkers see more work from The Public and LAByrinth Theater Company in stripped-down productions. Public LAB allows The Public Theater to support more artists, and gives audiences immediate access to new plays. The Public LAB season will conclude with a world premiere by The Public Theater�s Master Writer Chair Suzan-Lori Parks.

Alex Timbers (Writer, Director) is the Artistic Director of award-winning theatre company Les Freres Corbusier. His New York credits include 'Guttenberg! The Musical!' (The Actors� Playhouse), 'A Very Merry Unauthorized Children�s Scientology Pageant' (OBIE Award; New York Theatre Workshop), 'underground' (BAM; International Tour), 'Hell House' (St. Ann�s Warehouse) and 'Boozy' (�Ten Best of 2005� � Daily News, Time Out New York).

Michael Friedman (Music and Lyrics) has composed music for 'The Communist Dracula Pageant,' '[I Am] Nobody's Lunch,' 'Lysistrata,' 'Marat/Sade,' 'Idiots Karamazov,' and 'The Merchant of Venice.' He wrote music and lyrics for the Civilian�s 'This Beautiful City,' 'Gone Missing,' and 'Canard, Canard, Goose?'; as well as 'Saved,' 'In the Bubble,' 'The Brand New Kid,' 'God�s Ear' and 'The Blue Demon.' He won an Obie Award for sustained excellence.

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