Go Back To Where You Are: compete cast

Playwrights Horizons has announced the full cast for the World Premiere of Go Back to Where You Are, a new play by five-time Obie Award winner David Greenspan, directed by Leigh Silverman, opening at Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theater on 12 Apr 2011, following previews from 24 Mar, and running through to 1 May 2011.

As previously announced, the cast will be headed by David Greenspan (Passalus). He'll be joined by Lisa Banes (Claire), Stephen Bogardus (Tom), Tim Hopper (Malcolm), Brian Hutchison (Bernard), Michael Izquierdo (Wally) and Mary Shultz (Charlotte).

Go Back to Where You Are: A forgotten chorus boy from the theater of Ancient Greece, stuck in a lonely purgatory these past 2000 years, is sent back to earth on a mission from God. He now finds himself among a vacationing family in the Hamptons, caught off-guard by his re-discovered ability to feel love.

The production will feature scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Theresa Squire and lighting design by Matt Frey.


David Greenspan's (Playwright/Passalus) work includes acting in and directing his play 'She Stoops to Comedy' (Obie Award), acting in Kathleen Tolan's 'The Wax' and directing Tolan's 'Kate's Diary.' Other playwriting credits include 'Principia,' 'Jack,' 'The Home Show Pieces' and '2 Samue'l 11, Etc'. (HOME); 'Dead Mother(The Public); 'The Argument' (Obie), 'Old Comedy' (Target Margin) and The Myopia' (The Foundry). He has collaborated with songwriter Stephin Merritt on' The Orphan of Zhao' (Lincoln Center Theater) and 'Coraline' with director Leigh Silverman (MCC/True Love). He has received two performance Obies: one in 1997 for Mart Crowley's 'The Boys in the Band' and another in 2007 for both Terrence McNally's 'Some Men' (Second Stage) and 'Goethe's Faust' (Target Margin). In 2010, he received an Obie Award for Sustained Achievement.

Leigh Silverman (Director). Broadway: Lisa Kron's 'Well.' Recent New York (World Premieres): 'In the Wake' (The Public/Center Theatre Group/Berkeley Repertory Theatre); 'From Up Here' (Manhattan Theatre Club); 'Coraline' (MCC/True Love); 'Creature' (New Georges/P73); 'The Retributionists' (Playwrights Horizons); 'Yellow Face' (Center Theater Group/The Public Theater); 'Beebo Brinker Chronicles' (Hourglass Group/ 37 Arts); 'Hunting and Gathering' (Primary Stages); 'Well' (The Public Theater, The Huntington Theater and ACT, San Francisco); 'Blue Door' (Playwrights Horizons and Seattle Repertory Theatre); 'Oedipus At Palm Springs' (New York Theatre Workshop); 'The Treatment' (The Culture Project); 'Jump/Cut' (Woolly Mammoth Theatre/Theater J and Women's Project); 'Big Times' (W.E.T.) and 'Finder's Fee' (Rattlestick). Also: 'Danny and the Deep Blue Sea' (Second Stage Theatre). West End: 'Wit' (Vaudeville Theatre). Recent regional: 'Of Equal Measure' (world premiere, CTG); 'The Road to Mecca' (Seattle Repertory Theatre). Upcoming: David Henry Hwang's 'Chinglish.'

Lisa Banes (Claire). Playwrights Horizons: 'Isn't It Romantic' (also Lortel Theatre), 'Fighting International Fat.' Broadway: 'Present Laughter,' 'Accent on Youth,' 'High Society,' 'Arcadia' and 'Rumors.' Off-Broadway includes 'My Sister in This House' (Obie), 'Look Back in Anger,' 'Emily,' 'Three Sisters' (MTC) and 'Antigone' (Public). Film includes "Freedom Writers," "Dragonfly," "Young Guns," "Cocktail," "Hotel New Hampshire." Television appearances including series roles on "Girls Club," "Son of the Beach," "The Trials of Rosie O'Neil" and recurring roles on "Saved," "Six Feet Under," "The King of Queens" and "China Beach." Television films include "The Doris Duke Story," "Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?" "Hemingway" and "Kane and Able."

Stephen Bogardus (Tom). Playwrights Horizons: 'March of the Falsettos' and 'Falsettoland,' (also in the combined Broadway production 'Falsettos'), plus the Broadway transfer of James Joyce's 'The Dead.' Broadway: 'Irving Berlin's White Christmas,' 'Old Acquaintance,' 'Man of La Mancha,' 'High Society,' 'King David,' 'Love! Valour! Compassion!' (Tony nomination), 'The Grapes of Wrath,' 'Les Misérables' and 'West Side Story.' Off-Broadway: 'Sweet Adeline,' 'Allegro' (City Center Encores!); 'Love! Valour! Compassion!' (MTC); 'Genesis,' 'Umbrellas of Cherbourg' (NYSF); 'The Pavilion' (Rattlestick). Regional: 'Some Men' (Philadelphia Theatre Co.), 'A Little Night Music' (Center Stage), 'M. Butterfly' (Arena Stage), 'Show Boat' and 'Chess' (national tours), 'City of Angels' (Shubert, L.A.), '80 Days' (La Jolla), 'Progress' (Long Wharf). Film: "Julie and Julia", "Love! Valour! Compassion!," "States of Control" and "Second Best." TV: "Eleventh Hour," "Life," "Without a Trace," "Monk," "Ed" and "Law & Order."

Tim Hopper (Malcolm). Playwrights Horizons: 'Three Changes.' Broadway: 'Present Laughter.' Other credits include 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (La Jolla), 'A Doll's House' (Long Wharf), 'The Tempest' (Steppenwolf), 'Almost an Evening' (Atlantic), 'After Ashley,' 'The Dying Gaul' (Vineyard), 'More Stately Mansions' (NYTW, Obie Award), title role in Steve Martin's 'Picasso' at the Lapin Agile (Promenade). Film/TV: "Tenderness," "Gardener of Eden," "The School of Rock," Vanilla Sky," "The Last of the Mohicans," "White Collar," "Grey's Anatomy," "Medium."

Brian Hutchison (Bernard). Playwrights Horizons: 'People Be Heard.' Broadway: 'Looped,' 'Exit the King,' 'Proof,' 'The Invention of Love.' Off-Broadway: 'From Up Here' (MTC); 'Oh, the Humanity... '(Flea); 'Mr. Marmalade' (Roundabout); 'Indoor/Outdoor' (SPF, DR2 Theatre); 'The Hiding Place' (Atlantic); 'Theophilus North,' 'Can't Let Go' (Keen Company); 'She Stoops to Conquer' (Irish Rep). Recent regional theatre credits include 'Dinner' (Bay Street); 'Of Mice and Men' (Westport); 'The Front Page' (Williamstown); 'The Unmentionables,' 'Black Snow' (Yale Rep); 'Burn This,' 'The Rivals' (Huntington); Barrington Stage; Old Globe. Film/TV: "Love and Other Drugs," "Dealbreaker," "Hope & Faith," "Law & Order: SVU" and "CI."

Michael Izquierdo (Wally). Theater: 'Mrs. Warren's Profession' (McCarter), 'New Jerusalem' (Classic Stage), 'A Restoration Comedy' (Old Globe), 'Mother Courage' (NYSF Public Theatre), 'Priceless' (EST), 'The Time of Your Life' and 'The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other' (Williamstown), 'Moby Dick' (Ohio Theatre) and 'Much Ado About Nothing' (NJ Shakespeare Festival). Film/TV: "Taking Woodstock," "Meet Dave," "Heterosexuals," "Superego" and "As the World Turns."

Mary Shultz (Charlotte). Playwrights Horizons: 'Small Tragedy,' 'The Wax,' 'Little Egypt.' Theater credits include: 'Full Circle' (American Repertory Theatre); 'Pentecost' (Berkeley Rep);' Slavs!' (NYTW); 'Mad Forest' (NYTW, Manhattan Theatre Club), 'Baltimore Waltz' (Yale Rep), 'Gonza the Lancer,' 'Dead Mother' and 'The Way of the World' (NYSF). Film and Television credits include "Quiz Show," "Ellis Island" and "Law & Order." Mary is the recipient of an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence and a Bessie Award.

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