Complete casting announced for The Muscles in Our Toes

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

The Labyrinth Theater Company's New York Premiere of Stephen Belber's dark comedy The Muscles in Our Toes, directed by Anne Kauffman and beginning performances at the Bank Street Theater on 14 Jun 2014, has now announced full casting. The show will officially open on 26 Jun 2014 and continue its limited engagement through to 13 Jul 2014.

The cast of The Muscles in Our Toes will feature Amir Arison, Nadia Dajani, Bill Dawes, Samuel Ray Gates, Matthew Maher and Mather Zickel.

Synopsis: 'In this dark comedy, four friends meet at their high school reunion, and ponder a plan to free their old friend who's been kidnapped by a radical political group. Absurdity, intensity and plain ole weirdness ensue when this inebriated, stoned, adolescently arrested, religiously confused group of friends attempts to tackle the task at hand and at the same time, debate the forces of international terrorism.'

The creative team behind The Muscles in Our Toes includes lighting by 2014 Tony Award nominee Japhy Weideman, set design by Lee Savage, costumes by Emily Rebholz, and sound design by Jessica Paz.

The Labyrinth Theater Company's Artistic Director Mimi O'Donnell said:

'The Muscles in Our Toes is a hysterical, laugh out loud addition to our 2013-14 season. Belber creates a world of colorfully confused, opinionated, rambunctious characters tackling the perils of middle age and everything that goes along with it.'
The Muscles in Our Toes had its world premiere at the El Portal Forum theater in Los Angeles in 2009, in a production directed by Jennifer Chambers.


Amir Arison has several Off-Broadway credits including 'Aftermath' (NYTW), 'Why Torture is Wrong, and the People who Love Them' (The Public Theatre), 'Queens Boulevard' (Signature), 'A Very Common Procedure' (MCC), 'Modern Orthodox' (New World Stages) and 'Omnium Gatherum' (Variety Arts Theatre). He was also seen recurringly in TV roles on 'Girls', 'Homeland', 'SVU', 'Dallas', 'Blue', 'Zero Hour', 'State of Georgia', and 'True Justice'. Amir starred in Bryan Singer's WB Digital series 'H+' and currently stars as Aram on NBC's 'The Blacklist'.

Nadia Dajani made her stage debut in Jonathan Marc Sherman's 'Sophistry' at Playwrights Horizons, and from there became a founding member of Malaparte alongside Ethan Hawke. She also appeared at Playwrights' 'Boys and Girls'.

Bill Dawes played the role of Mickey Mantle in 'Bronx Bombers' on Broadway in 2014. Other Broadway credits include 'Sex & Longing' (1996) and 'Lombardi' (2010). Off-Broadway credits includes 'Burning Blue' (Theatre Row), 'My First Time' (New World Stages) and 'Beebo Brinker Chronicles' (37 Arts Theatre).

Samuel Ray Gates has appeared Off-Broadway in 'Aunt Dan and Lemon' (The New Group), 'Three Seconds in the Key' (New Georges), 'Electra' (the Classical Theatre of Harlem), 'Nelson' (Partial Comfort Productions), 'A Wives' Tale' (Summer Play Festival).

Matthew Maher is an Obie Award winner with several Off-Broadway credits including 'Mr. Burns', 'The Flick' and 'The World Over' (Playwrights Horizons), 'Golden Child' (Signature), 'Red Handed Otter' (Cherry Lane), 'Uncle Vanya', 'Orange Hat and Grace' and 'Molly's Dream' (Soho Rep), 'Tales From My Parents' Divorce' (The Civilians), 'School For Lies' (CSC).

Mather Zickel has performed in multiple productions at the Geffen Playhouse including 'By The Way, Meet Vera Stark' and David Wiener's 'Extraordinary Chambers'. He has recurring TV roles on both the Showtime series 'Masters of Sex' and 'House of Lies'.

Stephen Belber's (Playwright) 'Match' performed on Broadway in 2004, Off-Broadway credits include 'Don't Go Gentle,' 'Fault Lines,' 'A Small, Melodramatic Story,' 'McReele,' and 'The Laramie Project.' Movies include "Tape," "The Laramie Project" (Associate Writer) for which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award, "Drifting Elegant," "Management and Match," the last two of which he also directed, starring Jennifer Aniston and Patrick Stewart, respectively. Currently preparing to direct his adaptation of "The Kindness of Strangers," starring Josh Duhamel.

Anne Kauffman's (Director) Off-Broadway credits include 'Your Mother's Copy of the Kama Sutra,' 'Somewhere Fun,' 'Belleville' (Lucille Lortel Award nomination), 'Detroit,' 'Slowgirl' 'Maple and Vine' and 'This Wide Night' (Lucille Lortel Award nomination).

- by Tom Millward

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