Farragut North: Chris Noth, Otto Sanchez, Dan Bittner and more join John Gallagher, Jr

Atlantic Theater Company has announced the full cast for the world premiere production of Beau Willimon�s play Farragut North, directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes.

Farragut North opens at the Linda Gross Theater on 12 Nov 2008, following previews from 22 Oct and running through to 29 Nov 2008.

Joining the previously announced Tony Award winner John Gallagher, Jr will be Dan Bittner, Kate Blumberg, Chris Noth, Otto Sanchez, Olivia Thirlby and Isiah Whitlock, Jr.

Stephen (John Gallagher, Jr.) is a wunderkind press secretary who has built a career that men twice his age would envy. During a tight presidential primary race, however, Stephen's meteoric rise falls prey to the backroom politics of more seasoned operatives, and his one night stand with a teenage staffer proves to be more complicated than casual.

Farragut North is a classic tale of hubris set against a contemporary landscape - about the lust for power and the costs one will endure to achieve it.

The play is titled after Farragut North, a Washington Metro station in Washington, D.C that is located in the center of the lobbyist district.

The creative team includes David Korins (sets), Catherine Zuber (costumes), Paul Gallo (lighting) and David Van Tieghem (sound).


Beau Willimon (playwright) is no stranger to political shenanigan's, having worked for Dean's 2004 presidential race, Chuck Schumer's 1998 U.S. Senate race, Hillary Clinton's 2000 Senate race, and Bill Bradley's 2000 presidential bid. Farragut North is said to be "loosely based on Howard Dean's 2004 campaign for the White House."

Dan Bittner (Ben) is making his Atlantic debut. He made his Broadway debut in David Hare�s play 'The Vertical Hour,' (2006) directed by Sam Mendes. Off-Broadway he has appeared in 'The House in Town' at Lincoln Center Theater.

Kate Blumberg (Ida Horowicz) is a member of Atlantic Theater Company. Her off-Broadway credits for the Atlantic Theatre Company include 'Birth and After Birth,' 'Celebration and The Room,' 'A Second Hand Memory,' 'Writer's Block,' 'Sexual Perversity in Chicago/The Duck Variations' and 'Once in a Lifetime.' John Gallagher, Jr. (Stephen Bellamy) returns to Atlantic where he starred in last season�s New York premiere of Conor McPherson�s 'Port Authority.' He originated the role of 'Moritz' in Atlantic�s world premiere of Spring Awakening and received a 2007 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor when the musical transferred to Broadway. He also appeared in David Lindsay-Abaire�s Pulitzer Prize winning drama 'Rabbit Hole' (2006) on Broadway.

Doug Hughes (Director) Broadway credits include 'Doubt' (2005) for which he was awarded a Tony Award for Best director, he was nominated for a Tony for his helmship of 'Frozen' (2004) and 'Inherit the Wind' (2007). He was last represented on Broadway in Manhattan Theatre Club's production of Theresa Rebeck's 'Mauritius' (2007).

Chris Noth (Paul Zara) returns to the New York stage following his Broadway debut in 'Gore Vidal's The Best Man' (2000 revival). He last appeared off-Broadway in Playwrights Horizons production of 'What Didn't Happen,' Noth recently reprised his Golden Globe Award nominated role as 'Mr. Big' in this summer�s film adaptation of the hit HBO series 'Sex and the City,' and also returned to star as 'Detective Mike Logan' on the series 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' after originating the role during the first five seasons of 'Law & Order.'

Otto Sanchez (Frank/Waiter) is best known to television audiences as 'Chico Guerra' in 'Oz' and more recently as 'Otto' in 'Kidnapped.'

Olivia Thirlby (Molly) is making her New York stage debut. On Tv she played the character Aubrey Cain in the TV series 'Kidnapped.'

Isiah Whitlock, Jr. (Tom Duffy) is a member of Atlantic Theater Company where he was last seen in 'The Cherry Orchard' and 'Edmond.' On Broadway he has played in 'The Iceman Cometh' (1999 revival), 'Merchant of Venice' (1989 revival) and 'Mastergate.' (1989).

Beau Willimon (Playwright) has written eight full-length plays and numerous one-acts. His work has been developed or performed at MCC, Cherry Lane, HERE Arts Center, New Dramatists, Daryl Roth 2, Dayton Playhouse (Ohio), Donmar Warehouse (London) and Battersea Arts Center (London). He is currently working on commissions for the Manhattan Theatre Club and for The National Theatre in London. In addition to his stage work, he is working on two films for Warner Brothers: the feature film adaptation of Farragut North and an adaptation of Dicken's 'A Tale of Two Cities.'

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