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Rounding out a cast that now includes three of Broadway’s most treasured comedy performers, Kristine Nielsen will join Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin in the world premiere of Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus.
The play marks the Broadway debut of visionary theater artist Taylor Mac, a MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize finalist whose unique cultural kaleidoscope A 24-Decade History of Popular Music has toured both nationally and abroad to wild acclaim. Mac’s credits also include Hir, which reinvented the American dysfunctional family portrait while questioning gender norms, and starred Nielsen in its 2015 premiere.
Mac will make a Los Angeles stage appearance next month in the unconventional seasonal celebration, Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce, playing Dec. 14-15 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.
The playwright-performer’s new work, Gary, picks up just after the gruesome conclusion of Shakespeare’s earliest tragedy. It’s set during the fall of the Roman Empire, with the country in chaos, its leadership stolen by madmen. Lane and Martin will play lowly servants charged with cleaning up the corpses after the bloody battles of the civil war, with Nielsen as a midwife found among the casualties on the verge of death.
Directed by five-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe, the play begins previews March 5 at Broadway’s Booth Theatre, ahead of its April 11 opening. The deluxe design team includes sets by Santo Loquasto, costumes by Ann Roth and lighting by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer.
The production is part of a busy 2018-19 theater season for lead producer Scott Rudin, alongside Kenneth Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery, with Elaine May and Lucas Hedges; Aaron Sorkin’s new stage adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, starring Jeff Daniels as Atticus Finch; Glenda Jackson in the title role of a modern-dress, gender-blind King Lear; and Lucas Hnath’s Hillary and Clinton, which pairs Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow.
Rudin also was a producer earlier this season on the hit limited-run revival of The Boys in the Band, with an all-star cast that included Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto and Matt Bomer; and is on the producing team of the acclaimed London import The Ferryman.
Nielsen received a Tony nomination for best featured actress in a play in 2013 for Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Her recent Broadway credits include Present Laughter, with Kevin Kline; and You Can’t Take It With You, with James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne;
Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus will play a limited engagement, scheduled to run through Aug. 4.
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