Distracted: Roundabout announces full cast
Roundabout Theatre Company has announced the full cast for the upcoming New York premiere of Distracted, by Lisa Loomer, directed by Mark Brokaw, opening at the Laura Pels Theatre on 4 Mar 2009, following previews from 7 Feb, for a limited engagement running through to 4 May 2009.
Peter Benson (Dr. Broder, Dr. Karnes, Dr. Jinks), Shana Dowdeswell (Natalie), Lisa Emery (Vera), Natalie Gold (Dr. Zavala, Waitress, Carolyn), Matthew Gumley (Jesse), Mimi Lieber (Sherry), Aleta Mitchell (Mrs. Holly, Dr. Waller, Nurse) and Josh Stamberg (Dad), will join the the previously announced Cynthia Nixon (Mama).
The design team will include Mark Wendland (Sets), Michael Krass (Costumes), Jane Cox (Lights), David Van Tieghem (Original Music & Sound) and Tal Yarden (Projections).
Distracted: a contemporary American mom reaches out to teachers, psychotherapists, and neighbors to figure out if Attention Deficit Disorder is the root of her sonï¿½s problems.
Distracted had its world premiere in March 2007 at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
Cynthia Nixon (Mama) returns to Roundabout having last appeared in the Broadway production of 'The Women' (Mary: 2001 revival) at the American Airlines Theatre. She returns to the New York stage after her Tony winning performance in the 2006 production of 'Rabbit Hole' (Becca: 2006).
Peter Benson (Dr. Broder, Dr. Karnes, Dr. Jinks) returns to the Roundabout having appeared in the company's Broadway productions of 'The Pajama Game' (Rowicz: 2006 revival), 'Little Me' (multiple roles: revival 1998) and 'Cabaret' (Ernst Ludwig - Replacement: 1997 revival). Off-Broadway he has starred in the Atlantic Theater's production of 'Birth and After Birth.'
Shana Dowdeswell's (Natalie) off-Broadway credits include: 'Substitution' (Soho Playhouse) and 'This Bloody Mess' (Lincoln Ctr).
Lisa Emery (Vera) returns to the Roundabout having last appeared in the Broadway production of 'The Women' (Nancy Blake: 2001 revival) at the American Airlines Theatre. Off-Broadway Emery has been nomiated for Lucille Lortel awards for her performances in The New Group's production of 'Abigail's Party' and the MTC's production of 'Iron.'
Natalie Gold (Dr. Zavala, Waitress, Carolyn) returns to the Roundabout having appeared in the company's off-Broadway production of 'Howard Katz.'
Matthew Gumley (Jesse), 11 year old child actor, has appeared on Broadway in 'Mary Poppins' (Michael Banks) and 'Beauty and the Beast' (Chip - Replacement: 1994).
Mimi Lieber (Sherry) has appeared on Broadway in 'I'm Not Rappaport' (Clara: 2002 revival) and 'Brooklyn Boy' (Melanie Fine: 2005).
Aleta Mitchell (Mrs. Holly, Dr. Waller, Nurse) has appeared on Broadway in 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' (Dussie Mae: 1984), she last appeared off-Broadway in Theatre for a New Audience's production of 'Ohio State Murders.'
Josh Stamberg (Dad) has appeared off-Broadway in Atlantic Theater productions of 'An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein' and 'The Water Engine/Mr. Happiness.'
Mark Brokaw (director) returns to the Roundabout and the Laura Pels Theatre after directing the 2006 production of Tennessee Williamsï¿½ 'Suddenly Last Summer' with Blythe Danner and Carla Gugino and 'The Constant Wife' at the American Airlines Theatre in 2004.
Lisa Loomerï¿½s plays, including 'Living Out,' 'The Waiting Room,' 'Expecting Isabel,' 'Broken Hearts,' 'Birds,' 'Bocï¿½n!' 'Looking for Angels,' 'Cuts,' 'Maria!, Maria, Maria, Maria!' and 'Accelerando' have been produced at such theatres as the Mark Taper Forum, Arena Stage, South Coast Rep, the Kennedy Center, Seattle Rep, Missouri Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Trinity Rep, Theater Works, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and in New York at the Vineyard Theatre, Second Stage, Intar, and the Public.
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