Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein have announced the world premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Appropriate, directed by Gary Griffin, appearing as part of the 37th Humana Festival of New American Plays. Appropriate begins previews on March 5, opens March 7 and runs through April 7.
Tickets are on sale now to the public and can be purchased at The Actors Theatre Box Office by calling 502-584-1205 or online at ActorsTheatre.org. The Humana Festival is made possible by a generous grant from the Humana Foundation.
Appropriate was developed, in part, by Vineyard Arts Project, Ashley Melone, Founder and Artistic Director, the 2012 Sundance Institute Theatre LAB at the Sundance Resort, and Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago, Illinois, Chay Yew, Artistic Director, Jan Kallish, Executive Director, as part of IGNITION 2012.
When the Lafayettes descend upon a crumbling Arkansan plantation to liquidate their dead patriarch's estate, his three adult children collide over clutter, debt, and a contentious family history. But after a disturbing discovery surfaces among their father's possessions, the reunion takes a turn for the explosive, unleashing a series of crackling surprises and confrontations. A play about the trouble with inheritance, memory loss, and the art of repression.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkinsis a Brooklyn-based playwright and dramaturg. His play Neighbors was developed and produced at The Public Theater's LAB, with subsequent productions at The Matrix Theatre Company, Company One in Boston and Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis. His other work has been seen at The Vineyard Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, PS122, Soho Rep, Theater Bielefeld in Bielefeld, Germany and The National Theatre in London. His playwriting awards include the Princess Grace Award, the Paula Vogel Award and the Helen Merrill Award. Jacobs-Jenkins was recently named a resident playwright at The Signature Theatre.
Gary Griffin is Associate Artistic Director of Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and is making his Actors Theatre debut. He has directed at McCarter Theatre, Old Globe, Alliance and Hartford Stage, and his Broadway credits include The Color Purple and The Apple Tree.
The cast includes JorDan Baker (Antoinette "Toni" Lafayette) who is making her Humana Festival debut and whose Broadway credits include Suddenly,Last Summer. David Rosenblatt (Rhys Thurston) is also making his debut in this year's Humana Festival and his recent New York credits include Bekah Brunstetter's Miss Lilly Gets Boned and Boo Killebrew's The Play About My Dad. Larry Bull (Beauregarde "Bo" Lafayette) is returning to Actors Theatre where he recently performed in A Christmas Carol, A Christmas Story and The Mystery of Irma Vep. Amy Lynn Stewart (Rachael Lafayette-Kremer) has appeared in several regional theater and Off-Broadway productions including Fallen Angels, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Emilie's Voltaire. Lilli Stein (Cassidy "Cassie" Lafayette-Kramer) is making her regional theater debut. Her New York theater credits include Territories and Lovesong of the Electric Bear. Gabe Weible (Ainsley Lafayette-Kramer) is returning to Actors after playing Randy in all four productions of A Christmas Story. Reese Madigan (François "Franz/Frank" Lafayette) has appeared in regional theater and his Broadway credits include Abe Lincoln in Illinois and Holiday. Natalie Kuhn (Trisha Rayner) has appeared in regional theater and off-broadway as well as co-starring in Person of Interest on CBS.