Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Meet the Cast of WHEN WE GO UPON THE SEA

InterAct is pleased to announce the cast for its World Premiere production of WHEN WE GO UPON THE SEA by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Lee Blessing, which begins performances Friday, April 4.

Commissioned by InterAct in 2008 through its 20/20 New Play Commission program, WHEN WE GO UPON THE SEA takes a fictionalized look at George W. Bush on the night before he is to go on trial for international war crimes at The Hague. While certainly not a love letter about Bush, WHEN WE GO UPON THE SEA is also not the bash-fest one might assume, either. In his classic style, Lee Blessing has written a thoughtful and introspective look at the mind and heart of a man trying to reconcile his personal beliefs, his presidential decisions, and his tarnished public image.

The cast of WHEN WE GO UPON THE SEA will feature:

Conan McCarty (as George W. Bush) makes his InterAct Theatre debut in WHEN WE GO UPON THE SEA. In New York, Mr. McCarty has appeared on Broadway in MACBETH with Christopher Plummer and Glenda Jackson, and A FEW GOOD MEN; and Off-Broadway in DARK RAPTURE, ROUNDING THIRD, BEYOND THERAPY, his own DROWNING IN LOCH NESS, and LAKE WATER with EST's Youngblood Program. Regionally, he has appeared in plays by Shakespeare, Shaw, Shepard, Chekhov, Athol Fugard, Steve Martin, Brendan Behan, John Steinbeck, Brian Friel, and J.M. Barrie at such notable theatres as Actors' Theatre of Louisville, Center Stage, The Old Globe, City Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, George Street Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Pioneer Theater Company, and various nooks and crannies across the nation. Television audiences will remember him from "The Closer," "Nurse Jackie," "Rescue Me," and all members of the "Law & Order" family.

Kim Carson (as Anna Lisa) makes here InterAct Theatre debut in WHEN WE GO UPON THE SEA, but many theatre goers will recognize her from the many roles she's played in the Philadelphia area. Most recently, she played Dorothy in THE WIZARD OF OZ at Media Theatre, as well as reprising her 2008 Barrymnore Award-winning role in Azuka's HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH. Other favorite credits include: GREY GARDENS at Philadelphia Theatre Co.; CINDERELLA and SIX SHARACTERS... at Peoples Light and Theatre Co.; and SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM at Walnut Street. She has also worked at Arden Theatre Co., New Jersey Rep, and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.

Peter Schmitz (as Peit) will be instantly recognizable to InterAct audiences as the soft-spoken yet unscrupulous movie director, Julius, in last season's JIHAD JONES & THE KALASHNIKOV BABES. Other recent credits include roles at Walnut Street Theatre (including HAIRSPRAY and LES MISERABLES), the Arden Theatre (THE DINOSAUR MUSICAL and WINESBURG, OHIO) and Act II Playhouse (ALMOST, MAINE). He has also worked at the Guthrie Theatre, the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, and the Penumbra Theatre, the Yale Repertory Theatre, the Shakespeare Theatre in D.C., the Portland Stage Company in Maine, Studio Arena Theatre in Buffalo, and the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. In New York, he has played on Broadway (MY FAIR LADY), off-Broadway, and in off-off Broadway (Suzan-Lori Parks’ IMPERCEPTIBLE MUTABILITIES IN THE THIRD KINGDOM). Peter's on-camera credits include the Oscar-winning Coen Brothers’ movie Fargo.

Tickets for WHEN WE GO UPON THE SEA are Available Now

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