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Get to know the fab 5 showbiz legends receiving honors at this Sunday’s Governors Awards

Oscar season will kick into a higher gear this Sunday when five exceedingly qualified honorees will be lauded at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s 2018 Governors Awards. The quintet includes three longtime associates of Steven Spielberg: Marvin Levy, the filmmaker’s dedicated publicist of 41 years and the first PR professional to receive an Oscar, and producers Kathleen Kennedy, 65, and Frank Marshall, 72,, the first married couple to be presented with the Irving G. Thalberg Award along with Kennedy as the first woman to receive it.

And if you have ever gotten the theme song from “Mission: Impossible” stuck in your head, blame the Argentine-born composer Lalo Schifrin, 86, who will soon be the owner of an honorary statuette after being nominated for an Oscar six times without a win. Also finally getting her own little gold man is Cicely Tyson, 93, after being nominated for an Academy Award only once,
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Mena Suvari & Frances Fisher To Star In ‘Grace and Grit’ Indie

Mena Suvari & Frances Fisher To Star In ‘Grace and Grit’ Indie
Exclusive: Mena Suvari and Frances Fisher have signed on to star in Grace and Grit, the indie feature adaptation of Ken Wilber’s book of the same title. Stuart Townsend, Mariel Hemingway, Lydia Hearst, Nick Stahl, Rebekah Graf, and Tara Subkoff also co-star in the Sebastian Siegel-directed film, which is currently in production.

Siegel penned the screenplay. It’s based on a true story of the five-year courageous journey of Treya Wilber (Suvari) and Ken Wilber (Townsend), through their falling in love, marriage, and challenge to overcome illness and meaning to find love beyond life. The story takes place in the mid-1980’s between Muir Beach, Tahoe, and Boulder, Colorado.

Siegel is also producing the pic with Lucas Jarach and Eric Brenner. Jim Jacobsen will serve as exec producer via Skyline Entertainment, which is financing.

Suvari, who broke onto the scene with her roles in American Pie and American Beauty,
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Jason Blum, ‘Roma’ Producer Address Need For Diverse Stories In Trump’s America – Produced By: New York

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Jason Blum, ‘Roma’ Producer Address Need For Diverse Stories In Trump’s America – Produced By: New York
Perhaps still smarting from the Election Night booing he received for his critical comments of President Trump during the Israeli Film Festival, BlacKkKlansman producer Jason Blum, in a tone of barely controlled ire, briefly summarized how he characterized the message of Spike Lee’s acclaimed film about an African-American police officer’s infiltration of the Ku Klux Klan.

“To me, the message of BlacKkKlansman, which I tell people when they’ve asked me, is very simple: Racism is stupid,” started Blum, “and people who are racist are stupid, and people in the Kkk are stupid racists, period. That’s what the movie is about.”

Taking up Blum’s mantle during the “Producing Masterclass II” panel at the Producers Guild of America’s Produced By: New York conference, the film’s co-screenwriter, Kevin Willmott, added, “You would think we wouldn’t have to say that!”

The session, led by Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen, had veered from a discussion about the collaborative visions that led to some of this year’s top films to one asking why these films were so necessary in a divided America. Gabriela Rodriguez and Yalitza Aparicio, producer and star of Roma, addressed the timely themes of Alfonso Cuarón’s semi-autobiographical film of life in Mexico City in the early 1970s. “Our movie speaks to class diversity and ethnic diversity and strong women characters lead the story,” Rodriguez said while Blum and Willmott focused the conversation squarely on the president’s influence, and why Lee chose to close his film with footage from the 2017 white supremacist riot in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“It’s a really historic time we’re living in,” said Willmott. “People will look back and say, wow that’s when it happened, that’s when it was either going to go to hell or come back….We have a nationalist as the leader of the United States; he’s demonized whole groups of people every day. This is not normal and it’s a scary time.”

With Blum having offered his admiration for the film’s ability to balance humor with terror, Willmott, who said he calls President Trump “King Tang”, explained, “We tried to…make something humorous that’s not funny. With hate, you have to get as close to the hate as you can and by doing that, you reveal the absurdity and that’s where the humor lies.” Willmott added that the hatred promoted by Kkk leader David Duke in the film is also, “what’s happening now. That kind of hate has become part of the mainstream and it’s in the White House. It’s bizarre—if we had tried to write this, people would have said you can’t expect us to buy this crap. And yet it’s happened.”

Striking a more hopeful note in a panel that also featured an inspired tale from Crazy Rich Asians producer John Penotti, and hilarious commentary from costar Ronny Chieng, Mary Poppins Returns star Emily Blunt said, “What I love about [Mary] is she’s a woman who can get things done and brings order to chaos. She mends the cracks in people so they can rediscover something about themselves, and in the world now, where people are becoming more self-serving and not allowing the idea of community and we feel the divide, here’s a movie that can be a great unifier—at Christmas.”

Admitting that the current strain of anger in the country “is the reason for the film,” Mary Poppins Returns producer/director Rob Marshall said, “This move tells you how to look at life from a different point of view. [It] returns to this kind of light in a dark world.”
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Emilia Clarke and Jack Huston star in trailer for Above Suspicion

A new trailer has arrived online for the upcoming thriller Above Suspicion. Based on Joe Sharkey’s nonfiction book of the same name, the film is directed by Phillip Noyce and stars Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Thora Birch (American Beauty) and Johnny Knoxville (Jackass); watch it here…

The chilling true story of a newly married FBI poster boy assigned to an Appalachian mountain town in Kentucky. There he is drawn into an illicit affair with an impoverished local woman who becomes his star informant. She sees in him her means of escape; instead, it’s a ticket to disaster for both of them. This scandal shook the foundations of the nation’s top law enforcement agency, ending in the first ever conviction of an FBI agent for murder.

Above Suspicion is currently without a release date.

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Penny Dreadful: City of Angels: Showtime Reveals Sequel Series

Joseph Baxter Nov 1, 2018

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels continues the supernatural legacy of the original Showtime series, shifting its setting to 1930s Los Angeles.

Penny Dreadful may have been a beloved, star-studded peak television offering that made its mark before proactively closing shop after just three seasons, but the classic-literature-crossover Showtime supernatural series will continue its legacy with a sequel series. The premium cable channel has just dropped major details about its upcoming follow-up series, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.

While the new series will make a dramatic shift away from the settings and characters covered in 2014-2016’s Penny Dreadful, it will have the support of its key personnel, namely creator John Logan, who returns to serve as writer and executive producer, joined in the latter capacity by Michael Aguilar, who's worked on recent Showtime offerings Kidding and I’m Dying Up Here. – Here's the official Penny Dreadful: City
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Showtime Announces Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels, Set in 1930s Los Angeles

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The first iteration of Penny Dreadful may have ended back in 2016, but Showtime has now announced that the series will find new life in its next saga, titled Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. Once again created, written, and executive produced by John Logan, City of Angels is slated to begin production in 2019, and its new storyline will be set in 1938 Los Angeles:

Press Release: Los Angeles – November 1, 2018 – Showtime has announced the next chapter of the Penny Dreadful saga with Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels. John Logan, creator, writer and executive producer of the Emmy nominated series Penny Dreadful, will continue in those same roles. Joining him as an executive producer will be Michael Aguilar (Kidding). Production is expected to begin in 2019. The announcement was made today by Gary Levine, President of Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.

A spiritual descendant of the Penny Dreadful story set in Victorian-era London, the next chapter opens in 1938 Los Angeles,
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Oscar Flashback: The three films that swept the Big Five, including ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,’ ‘The Silence of the Lambs’

Oscar Flashback: The three films that swept the Big Five, including ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,’ ‘The Silence of the Lambs’
This article marks Part 6, the final entry in the Gold Derby series reflecting on films that contended for the Big Five Oscars – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted). With “A Star Is Born” this year on the cusp of joining this exclusive group of Oscar favorites, join us as we look back at the 43 extraordinary pictures that earned Academy Awards nominations in each of the Big Five categories, including the following three films that swept all of the top races.

At the 7th Academy Awards ceremony, Frank Capra’s romantic comedy “It Happened One Night” (1934) made Oscar history as the first film to triumph in all of the Big Five categories – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Clark Gable), Best Actress (Claudette Colbert) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Robert Riskin). For each of these talents, it would hardly be their lone Oscar appearance.
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Mahershala Ali could become the 7th performer with a perfect 2-for-2 Oscar record

Mahershala Ali could become the 7th performer with a perfect 2-for-2 Oscar record
What’s harder than winning more than Oscar? Having a perfect record while doing so. But that’s what our combined odds are forecasting for Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”), who could join the exclusive 2-for-2 club if he prevails in Best Supporting Actor.

Only six actors have never lost an Oscar from multiple nominations:

1. Luise Rainer: Best Actress for “The Great Ziegfeld” (1936) and “The Good Earth” (1937)

2. Vivien Leigh: Best Actress for “Gone with the Wind” (1939) and “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951)

3. Helen Hayes: Best Actress for “The Sin of Madelon Claudet” (1932) and Best Supporting Actress for “Airport” (1970)

4. Kevin Spacey: Best Supporting Actor for “The Usual Suspects” (1995) and Best Actor for “American Beauty” (1999)

5. Hilary Swank: Best Actress for “Boys Don’t Cry” (1999) and “Million Dollar Baby” (2004)

6. Christoph Waltz: Best Supporting Actor for “Inglourious Basterds” (2009) and “Django Unchained” (2012)

See Mahershala Ali knocks Timothee Chalamet out of top spot
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Will Amy Adams avenge her Oscar loss to Rachel Weisz in a Best Supporting Actress rematch?

Will Amy Adams avenge her Oscar loss to Rachel Weisz in a Best Supporting Actress rematch?
Thirteen years ago, Amy Adams received her first Oscar nomination, in Best Supporting Actress, for her breakthrough turn in “Junebug.” She lost the award to Rachel Weisz (“The Constant Gardener”), but Adams can exact her revenge this season in a rematch in the same exact category.

Both actresses are back in contention in supporting for their performances as, coincidentally, historical political figures. Adams plays former Second Lady Lynne Cheney in “Vice” opposite her “American Hustle” (2013) and “The Fighter” (2010) co-star Christian Bale as Dick Cheney. Weisz — whose surname, of course, is pronounced like “vice” — plays Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough in “The Favourite,” the right-hand woman of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) who deftly wielded her influence over the monarch’s decision-making.

Adams is currently in second place in our combined odds to win Best Supporting Actress, behind Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”), while Weisz is in fifth, also trailing
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Thora Birch to star in Lucky McKee’s Kindred Spirits

Deadline is reporting that Thora Birch has signed on to star in Kindred Spirits, an independent thriller from genre filmmaker Lucky McKee.

Kindred Spirits will see Birch portraying Chloe, “a single mother in a relationship with Alex (Macon Blair). Chloe’s life is turned upside down when her sister, Sadie (Caitlin Stasey) comes home after a long unexplained absence.” Sasha Frolova also features in the cast of the film, which has been scripted by Chris Siverston.

Birch has recently wrapped filming on writer-director Joe Talbot’s The Last Black Man in San Francisco, and will next be seen alongside Emilia Clarke, Jack Huston and Johnny Knoxville in the crime thriller Above Suspicion.

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5 times Oscars and SAG Awards clashed on Best Actor: Denzel Washington, Adrien Brody, Casey Affleck …

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This year the Screen Actors Guild Awards celebrates its 25th anniversary, so we thought it’d be fun to look back at the past quarter-century to see how many times they disagreed with the Oscars when it came to honoring the year’s Best Actor. As it turns out, there are only a handful of differences as both organizations matched up 19 times out of 24 ceremonies. Scroll down to see the five times that the Oscars clashed with SAG.

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Year: 2000

Oscar winner: Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”)

SAG winner: Benicio Del Toro (“Traffic”)

What happened: After winning the SAG Award for a leading performance, Oscar voters then decided to nominate Del Toro as a supporting actor. It’s rare for this kind of quirky category switcheroo to happen between awards shows, with Kate Winslet (“The Reader”) being another recent example.
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Jamie Dornan (‘A Private War’) was emotionally drained by tragic true story: ‘They’re real tears’ [Watch]

Jamie Dornan (‘A Private War’) was emotionally drained by tragic true story: ‘They’re real tears’ [Watch]
“It was a very emotional, cathartic experience for all of us, mostly because [Matthew Heineman], our director, spent weeks interviewing all these real Syrian and Iraqi refugees who are displaced and have ended up in Jordan where we shot,” said Jamie Dornan about the making of his film “A Private War,” which opens November 2. It’s a dramatization of the life and death of war correspondent Marie Colvin (played by Rosamund Pike), but it wasn’t all scripted. “They’re real stories … They’re real tears … You can imagine what that’s like to experience.” Dornan discussed the film with Oscar voters at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Watch above.

Marie Colvin was a journalist for The Sunday Times in the UK and covered conflicts in the Middle East, including the Syrian civil war. She was killed in 2012 during that conflict when the Syrian government bombed her building in the city of Homs.
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George MacKay, ‘Got’s Dean-Charles Chapman In Talks For Leads In Sam Mendes Wwi Pic ‘1917’

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George MacKay, ‘Got’s Dean-Charles Chapman In Talks For Leads In Sam Mendes Wwi Pic ‘1917’
Exclusive: Sam Mendes is close to landing his two leads for 1917, the Wwi drama that he is mounting with Amblin Partners to shoot next April as his first film since the 2015 James Bond film Spectre. George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman are in early negotiations to play the two leads in a drama that follows two young soldiers as they trek across dangerous terrain. Production will start in April for late 2019 release through Universal, which has its output deal with Amblin.

On these shores, MacKay is perhaps best known for his role in Captain Fantastic, and Chapman most certainly for last being seen taking a leap from a high castle window as Tommen Baratheon, the young king who ended his life in Game Of Thrones after his mother, Cersei, blew up half of King’s Landing in a blaze that immolated his wife and an entire religious cult.

Mendes wrote 1917 script with Krysty Wilson-Cairns,
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Oscar Flashback: The four films that won four of the Big Five, including ‘Gone with the Wind,’ ‘American Beauty’

Oscar Flashback: The four films that won four of the Big Five, including ‘Gone with the Wind,’ ‘American Beauty’
This article marks Part 5 of the Gold Derby series reflecting on films that contended for the Big Five Oscars – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted). With “A Star Is Born” this year on the cusp of joining this exclusive group of Oscar favorites, join us as we look back at the 43 extraordinary pictures that earned Academy Awards nominations in each of the Big Five categories, including the following four films that scored a quartet of trophies among the top races.

At the 12th Academy Awards ceremony, this was no stopping Victor Fleming’s blockbuster epic “Gone with the Wind” (1939). With a total of 13 nominations, the most of any film that year, it was the overwhelming favorite for Oscar glory and indeed, on the big night, the picture took home eight prizes, including Best Picture. Fleming, in his lone career Oscar bid, prevailed in Best Director,
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‘Vice’ could put Christian Bale in nice company as 7th man to sweep both acting Oscars

‘Vice’ could put Christian Bale in nice company as 7th man to sweep both acting Oscars
Now that the “Vice” trailer is out, Christian Bale — unrecognizable as Dick Cheney in the Adam McKay film — is gaining ground in our Best Actor predictions, rising to 4/1 odds to sit behind predicted champ Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”). If the Oscar winner goes the all the way, he’d not only pick up his second statuette, but he’d become the seventh man to win in lead and supporting.

Bale, who won Best Supporting Actor for “The Fighter” (2010), would join a list that includes:

1. Jack Lemmon, Best Supporting Actor for “Mister Roberts” (1955) and Best Actor for “Save the Tiger” (1973)

2. Robert De Niro, Best Supporting Actor for “The Godfather Part II” (1974) and Best Actor for “Raging Bull” (1980)

3. Jack Nicholson, Best Actor for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) and “As Good as It Gets (1997), and Best Supporting Actor for “Terms of Endearment” (1983)

4. Gene Hackman, Best Actor for “The French Connection
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Former ‘Top Chef’ Contestant Says She Has a Year to Live

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Former “Top Chef” contestant and chef Fatima Ali says she has a year to live.

Ali writes in an essay for Bon Appétit that cancer she and her doctors thought had gone is back, in her hip and femur bone, and her oncologist recently told her she has a year left. She was diagnosed with Erwings Sarcoma not long after competing on the 15th season of the Bravo cook-off series.

“It’s funny, isn’t it? When we think we have all the time in the world to live, we forget to indulge in the experiences of living,” the 29-year-old wrote in the essay, titled “I’m a Chef With Terminal Cancer. This Is What I’m Doing with the Time I Have Left.” Some of the things she says she is doing with her remaining time is eating at the best restaurants in the world, making amends with those she loves,
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Film Review: ‘Richard Says Goodbye’

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Film Review: ‘Richard Says Goodbye’
It’s not as if there’s ever a particularly good time for rose-tinted character studies of morally dubious men, but even with that caveat in place, “Richard Says Goodbye” hasn’t exactly picked its moment. At a time when unresolved abuse allegations against Johnny Depp have placed his star image in flux, watching him play a college lecturer whose terminal cancer diagnosis sends him into a tailspin of social, sexual and professional misbehavior is an unavoidably discomfiting experience, however much gonzo gusto he brings to the part. Given more favorable circumstances, however, Wayne Roberts’ second feature would still be an unpalatable proposition, with its iffy sexual politics and a comic tone caught awkwardly between nihilistic irony and dewy-eyed sentiment. Saban Films and DirecTV have already secured U.S. rights to the film, which had it world premiere at the Zurich Film Festival; despite some theatrical play, “Richard” will primarily
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Kevin Feige, Lucy Fisher Join Produced By: New York Lineup

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Marvel Studios Chief Kevin Feige and PGA President Lucy Fisher have been added to the line-up for the for the 5th edition of Produced By: New York, the Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced Wednesday.

In addition, “Crazy Rich Asians” producer John Penotti, “If Beale Street Could Talk” producer Adele Romanski and editor Joi McMillon, “Three Identical Strangers” producer Becky Read and director Tim Wardle will join the previously announced session series “Producing Masterclass: The Creative Collaborations.”

Feige most recently participated at PGA’s annual Produced By conference in Los Angeles last June.

Produced By: New York 2018 will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10 at One Time Warner Center in New York.

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Previously announced panelists include: “The Favourite” director and producer Yorgos Lanthimos and writer Tony McNamara; “A Quiet Place” director, writer, and executive producer
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Produced By: New York: PGA Sets Kevin Feige, Lucy Fisher & More As Speakers

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The Producers Guild of America (PGA) set their lineup of speakers as well as additional programming for the 5th edition of Produced By: New York. The event will be held on Saturday, November 10 at One Time Warner Center in New York.

Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige and film producer and PGA co-president Lucy Fisher have been added to the growing list of speakers. Joining them are Joi McMillon, John Penotti, Becky Read, Adele Romanski, and Tim Wardle, who will be joining the previously announced session series “Producing Masterclass: The Creative Collaborations.”

This year’s program will also include a new session, “Late-Night Laughs,” which, as the title suggests, will delve into the world of New York late-night TV. The session will feature a discussion with executive producers and showrunners from established and upcoming shows about the unique challenges of producing the funny on different platforms. Chris Licht will moderate the discussion, which to date includes: Jen Flanz, Mike Shoemaker and Prashanth Venkataramanujam.

“Producing Masterclass: The Creative Collaborations” is a popular feature of Produced By: New York and spotlights a producer from each film taking the stage with a key collaborator to discuss how their partnerships provided defining elements of their memorable films, setting them on course for the awards season. New additions to the session include: Black Panther producer Kevin Feige; Crazy Rich Asians producer John Penotti; If Beale Street Could Talk” producer Adele Romanski and editor Joi McMillon; and Three Identical Strangers producer Becky Read and director Tim Wardle.

They join a roster of previously announced panelists The Favourite director and producer Yorgos Lanthimos and writer Tony McNamara; A Quiet Place director, writer, and executive producer John Krasinski and producer Andrew Form; Rbg producers and directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West; Widows director, writer, and producer Steve McQueen and producer Iain Canning; and Won’t You Be My Neighbor? director and producer Morgan Neville and producer Caryn Capotosto. Academy Award-winning producer Bruce Cohen (American Beauty) and Mimi Valdés (Hidden Figures) will lead the discussions.
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2018 Broadway fall season preview of plays: Which will be remembered by the Tony Awards?

A new Broadway season is gearing up, and there are currently nine productions of plays set to open this fall. Could we be seeing any of them contend at next year’s Tony Awards? Below, we recap the plot of each play as well as the awards history of its author, cast and creative types and the opening and (where applicable) closing dates.

“Bernhardt/Hamlet” (opens September 25; closes November 18)

In this world premiere play by two-time Emmy nominee Theresa Rebeck, international stage actress, Sarah Bernhardt, sets out to tackle her most ambitious role yet: Hamlet.

The production presented by Roundabout Theatre Company stars Tony winner Janet McTeer, Tony nominee Dylan Baker, two-time Drama Desk nominee Jason Butler Harner, Ito Aghayere, Matthew Saldivar, Drama Desk nominee Nick Westrate, Tony Carlin, and is directed by Tony nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel.

“The Nap” (opens September 27; closes November 11)

In the Broadway premiere of this new play by Richard Bean,
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