The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) has just announced the Company for David Adjmi's new play, Marie Antoinette, directed by Rebecca Taichman, with choreography by Karole Armitage, in a co-production with Yale Repertory Theatre. The production begins previews on Saturday, September 1, and runs through Saturday, September 29, with press opening on Friday, September 7 at 7:00pm.
From the mind of rising star David Adjmi, playwright of last year's Off-Broadway phenomenon, Elective Affinities, comes this barbed and brassy comedy. Marie Antoinette provides a peek into the life of everyone's favorite representative of the 1% - the infamous Queen of France and cake enthusiast. Though she delights and inspires her subjects with her three-foot tall wigs and extravagant haute couture, times change and even the most fashionable queens go out of style.
The cast includes Brooke Bloom as Marie Antoinette, Fred Arsenault as Emperor Joseph of Austria, Hannah Cabell as Yolande de Polignac, Andrew Cekala as the Dauphin, David Greenspan as Sheep, Greg Keller as Louis XVI, Vin Knight as the Royalist, Polly Lee as Therese de Lamballe, Cameron Scoggins as Axel Fersen, Jo Lambert and Teale Sperling as Marie's coterie, and Brian Wiles as Guard.
Fred Arsenault was seen as Perry in The Royal Family and Born Yesterday on Broadway, and regionally in Henry V, Travesties, The Spy, and was a member of Blue Man Group. His television credits include The Good Wife, Person of Interest, and Law and Order SVU.
Brooke Bloom earned a Barrymore Award for the title role of Becky Shaw at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, played Ophelia in Hamlet at South Coast Repertory Theatre, and most recently was seen in Lungs at the Barrington Stage Theater. Her film and television credits include He's Just Not That Into You, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Good Wife, and she has a recurring role in CSI: Miami.
Hannah Cabell appeared on Broadway as Margaret Moore in A Man for All Seasons, Off-Broadway in Rinne Groff's Compulsion at The Public Theater (also at Yale Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre) and in the title role of Pumpgirl at Manhattan Theater Club; in the world premiere of In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play at Berkeley Rep, and Three Sisters at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.
David Greenspan's Broadway credits include Melancholy Play, The Patsy, and The Royal Family; off-Broadway Sarah Ruhl's adaptation of Orlando (directed by Rebecca Taichman), Faust (Mephisto, Obie Award), Terrence McNally's Some Men, and the revival of The Boys in the Band (Obie Award, Drama Desk nomination). His plays include Coraline (a stage adaptation based on Neil Gaiman's novel) and the Obie Award winners She Stoops to Comedy and The Argument.