WARNER BROS. THEATRE VENTURES, CASTLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT & PLAYHOUSE PRODUCTIONS present the World Premiere of

Misery

November 24, 2012 — December 8, 2012


Saturday 11/24 at 8pm
Sunday, 11/25 at 3pm
Thursday, 11/29 at 8pm
Friday, 11/30 at 8pm
Saturday, 12/1 at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, 12/2 at 3pm
Thursday, 12/6 at 8pm
Friday, 12/7 at 8pm
Saturday, 12/8 at 2pm & 8pm
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Directed by Will Frears (Coach, Year Zero), MISERY tells the story of novelist Paul Sheldon, as he has plans to make the difficult transition from writing historical romances featuring heroine Misery Chastain to publishing literary fiction. Annie Wilkes, Sheldon’s number one fan, rescues the author from the scene of a car accident. The former nurse takes care of him in her remote house, but becomes irate when she discovers that the author has killed Misery off in his latest book. Annie keeps Sheldon prisoner while forcing him to write a book that brings Misery back to life.

*Warning:  This production includes gun shots and graphic violence. Not intended for audiences under 13 years of age.*

Read about this limited developmental engagement in Variety!

Cast

JOHANNA DAY (Annie) Broadway: August: Osage County, Proof (Tony and Lucille Lortel Award nominations), Lombardi.  Regional credits include In a Forest: Dark and Deep (Contemporary American Theater Festival), The Realistic Joneses (Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Best Ensemble), God of Carnage and Carol Mulroney (Huntington Theater), The Evildoers (Yale Repertory Theatre), The Rainmaker (Helen Hayes Award for Best Actress) and Quality of Life (Arena Stage), Vigils (Goodman Theatre), Ethan Coen’s Almost an Evening (Atlantic Theater Company), Peter and Jerry (Second Stage Theatre, Drama Desk Award nomination), Satellites (New York Shakespeare Festival), How I Learned to Drive (original cast) and Middletown(Vineyard Theatre), Distracted (Mark Taper Forum), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hartford Stage), Blue Window (Manhattan Theatre Club).  Ms Day’s film and television credits include Unbreakable, The Exonerated, Henry, The Eternal Pedicure, “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Trial By Jury,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Judging Amy,” “Royal Pains,” “Fringe.”

DANIEL GERROLL (Paul) Broadway:  Plenty, The Homecoming, High Society, Enchanted April.  Off Broadway: The Dear Boy, The Holy Terror, Translations, The Slab Boys, Arms and the Man, The Knack, Bloody Poetry, Three Birds Alighting on a Field, Loose Knit, One Shoe Off, Terra Nova. Regional:  Dissonance, Dinner, Much Ado About Nothing, A Christmas Carol, No Time for Comedy, Blithe Spirit. Film: The Namesake, Big Business, 84 Charing Cross Road, Chariots of Fire.   TV:  “The Good Wife,” “Blue Bloods,” “Burn Notice,” “Ugly Betty,” “The Starter Wife,” “Cashmere Mafia,” “Woman in White” (BBC), “Sisters,” “Knots Landing,” “Cheers,” “Seinfeld,” “Law and Order.”  Awards:  Theatre World, Outer Critics Circle, OBIE for sustained excellence.

JAMES DeMARSE (Buster) Broadway: Dividing the Estate at the Booth.  Off-Broadway: Orphans Home Cycle at Signature, Dividing The Estate at Primary Stages, The Trip To Bountiful at Signature, Y2k & Bits and Pieces at MTC, Cantorial at The Lambs, Cahoots at the South Street Theatre, Subject To Fits, Happiness Cage at The Public, War Of The Roses, Twelfth Night, Peer Gynt at the Delacorte, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf directed By Arthur Penn, Last Moon directed by Estelle Parsons at The Actors Studio, Diminished Capacity by Tom Dulack at The New Group, Slouching Toward The Millennium by Murray Schisgal at the 42nd Street Workshop.  Regional: Dividing the Estate at the Alley & Old Globe, Breaking Legs at the Pasadena Playhouse, Serenading Louie at Cincinnati Playhouse, Shooting Craps at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. Film: Side by Each with Blythe Danner, The Baxter, Soldier’s Heart, Fresh Cut Grass.  TV: “Rescue Me”, Episodes of “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: CI,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Sopranos,” “The Good Wife,” “Royal Pains.”  Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle nomination for Orphans Home Cycle.  Member: Ensemble Studio Theatre and Dramatists Guild of America.

Creative Team

WILLIAM GOLDMAN (Playwright) is a two-time Academy Award winner for his screenplays of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President’s Men.  Other notable film credits include The Princess Bride, Misery, A Few Good Men, The Stepford Wives, Chaplin, Indecent Proposal, The General’s Daughter, Twins, Year of the Comet, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, The Hot Rock, The Great Waldo Pepper, Hearts in Atlantis and Dreamcatcher.  His novels The Princess Bride, Marathon Man, Magic, Heat were all turned into films.  Other novels include The Temple of Gold, Soldier in the Rain, Boys and Girls Together, No Way to Treat a Lady, The Thing of It Is…, Father’s Day, Tinsel, Control, The Silent Gondoliers, The Color of Light, Brothers and Your Turn to Curtsy, My Turn to Bow. Theater credits include Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole with his brother James Goldman, and A Family Affair with James Goldman and John Kander.

WILL FREARS (Director).  Film: Coach, All Saints Day (Winner, Best Narrative Short, Savannah Film Festival); Beloved. Off-Broadway: Year Zero (Second Stage Uptown); Still Life (MCC); Rainbow Kiss (The Play Company); The Water’s Edge (Second Stage); Pen (Playwrights Horizons); Terrorism (The New Group/The Play Company); Omnium Gatherum (Variety Arts); Where We’re Born and God Hates The Irish (both at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre); Get What You Need (Atlantic 453) and Kid-Simple (Summer Play Festival). Regional: Build at the Geffen Playhouse; Some Lovers at the Old Globe Theater; Romeo & Juliet, Bus Stop, The Water’s Edge and A Servant Of Two Masters at the Williamstown Theatre Festival; The Pillowman at George Street Playhouse; Hay Fever and The Price at Baltimore CenterStage; Sleuth at the Bay Street Theatre; Our Lady Of 121st Street (Steppenwolf Theatre); Omnium Gatherum (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville). Artistic Director, Yale Cabaret, 1999-2000. He is a recipient of the Boris Sagal and Bill Foeller directing fellowships and a contributor to The Paris Review, New York Magazine, Harper’s and The London Review of Books. He is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Yale School of Drama and serves on the faculty at Sarah Lawrence College.