Carla Gugino and Peter Grosz to Star Off Broadway in 'A Kid Like Jake'

Carla Gugino Peter Grosz Split - H 2013
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Carla Gugino Peter Grosz Split - H 2013

Caroline Aaron and Michelle Beck also appear in the LCT3 world premiere of Daniel Pearle's play about the concerned parents of a precocious child.

NEW YORK -- Carla Gugino will return to the New York stage, alongside Peter Grosz, a longtime writer on The Colbert Report, in the world premiere of Daniel Pearle's new play, A Kid Like Jake.

Directed by Evan Cabnet, the Off Broadway production will be staged at the Claire Tow Theater as part of Lincoln Center Theater's LCT3 initiative devoted to emerging artists. It begins performances June 2, with official opening set for June 17.

Caroline Aaron and Michelle Beck complete the cast. The play centers on a husband and wife (Gugino and Grosz) whose nurturing approach to their precocious four-year-old son runs into obstacles when his passion for Cinderella and playing dress-up causes concern at the Manhattan private schools to which they apply.

Gugino's recent stage work includes the 2012 Broadway revival of Athol Fugard's The Road to Mecca, in which she starred opposite Rosemary Harris; and a 2006 Off Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer, with Blythe Danner.

Grosz was a member until 2010 of the Emmy-winning writing team on The Colbert Report, also making occasional on-air appearances on the show. As an actor, he was seen last year on HBO's Veep

LCT3 last season proved a strong platform for another Comedy Central alumnus, Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show With Jon Stewart). He scored rave reviews starring at the same venue in Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced, which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.