New York Theater Guide News

Additional casting for the upcoming Spotlight on Plays series was named, in which Meryl Streep and Audra McDonald, among others, will take part. Together with Heidi Schreck and Phylicia Rashad you will take part in the season that starts tomorrow, March 25th.

Ellen Burstyn and Carla Gugino star in Lillian Hellman’s Watch on the Rhine, a WWII-inspired drama. In Hitler’s Germany, an American family realizes the consequences of the worldwide spread of National Socialism. Sarna Lapine directs the critically acclaimed play, which was originally performed in 1941.

Six-time Tony Award-winning actress Audra McDonald plays Suzanne Alexander in Ohio State Murders. Adrienne Kennedy’s play examines racism in the United States and focuses on an African American writer who speaks about violence in her work. Kenny Leon will direct Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death before returning on Broadway.

Kate Whoriskey will direct Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline in Sarah Ruhl’s Dear Elizabeth, inspired by letters between poets Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop. As they continue to communicate, their desire to be with each other grows, but so does the turmoil.

Mary-Louise Parker plays Anna in Paula Vogel’s award-winning play The Baltimore Waltz. Lileana Blaiz-Cruz will lead the semi-autobiographical work that focuses on a brother and sister who are supposedly on vacation in Europe but are actually in a hospital room.

Wendy Wasserstein’s The Sisters Rosensweig closes the series with Kathryn Hahn, directed by Anna D. Shapiro. She will play Gorgeous Teitelbaum, one of three sisters who reunite after a long breakup.

Previously announced pieces include Heidi Schreck and Keanu Reeves in Larissa FastHorses The Thanksgiving Play and sisters Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad in Angry Raucuous and Shamelessly Gorgeous by Pearl Cleage.

The Spotlight on Plays series begins March 25th.

Photo credit: Mary-Louise Parker, Audra McDonald, and Meryl Streep (Photos courtesy of IBDB and Rex / Shutterstock)

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