Zoe Kazan Joins Cast of 'When We Were Young and Unafraid'

Zoe Kazan
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NEW YORK – Casting is complete for Manhattan Theatre Club's upcoming world premiere of When We Were Young and Unafraid, by Sarah Treem.

Joining previously announced lead Cherry Jones are Zoe Kazan, Cherise Boothe, Patch Darragh and Morgan Saylor.

Set against the rise of the feminist movement in the early 1970s, the play stars Jones as the owner of a quiet bed-and-breakfast that doubles as an underground shelter for troubled women. A young runaway, played by Kazan, becomes a strong influence on the main character's daughter (Saylor), forcing her to reconsider her attitudes toward the people she's trying to help.

The Off-Broadway production will be directed by Pam MacKinnon, who won a Tony last year for the Broadway revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? It starts previews May 21 at New York City Center Stage I, with official opening scheduled for June 17.

Treem was a writer and co-executive producer on the first season of Netflix's House of Cards, and a writer and producer for HBO on In Treatment and How to Make It in America. She is co-creator of the new Showtime series The Affair, which premieres in the fall, starring Dominic West and Ruth Wilson. Treem is also adapting Susan Spencer-Wendel's memoir, Until I Say Good-Bye, for Universal.

Jones recently wrapped a critically acclaimed Broadway run of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, in which she starred opposite Zachary Quinto.

Kazan wrote and starred in the Fox Searchlight feature Ruby Sparks. She will next be seen opposite Daniel Radcliffe in What If (formerly titled The F Word), and with Bill Murray and Frances McDormand in HBO's Olive Kitteridge. Kazan has appeared in numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway productions; one of her own plays, We Live Here, was staged by MTC in 2011.

Boothe also returns to MTC where she starred in Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer-winning drama, Ruined. Saylor is best known as the sullen teenage daughter of Damian Lewis' and Morena Baccarin's characters on Homeland. An Off-Broadway regular, Darragh is currently completing a run in Appropriate for Signature Theatre.

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