Tatiana Maslany to Lead Tracy Letts Play Off-Broadway + More N.Y. Theater News

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An Emmy winner sets her sights on the stage.
Emmy Award-winning “Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany will make her New York stage debut in “Mary Page Marlowe,” a new drama by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts. The Off-Broadway production, which will begin previews at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theater on June 19, will be directed by Obie and Drama Desk Award winner Lila Neugebauer (“The Wolves”). The play, which depicts one woman throughout her life as portrayed by five different actors, has also announced the casting of Emma Geer, Blair Brown, and Susan Pourfar, with more to come.

The band gets a (temporary) new leader.
Broadway’s hit new musical “The Band’s Visit” has announced that Dariush Kashani will join its cast in the role of Tewfiq, beginning March 1. Kashani replaces the tuner’s original lead, Tony Shalhoub, who departs the production temporarily to film the second season of Amazon’s Golden Globe-winning “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Shalhoub will return to the show for select performances beginning in May.

World premiere play rounds out its cast.
MCC has announced complete casting for its world premiere production of “Transfers,” the new drama by Lucy Thurber. Directed by Jackson Gay, the cast will include Ato Blankson-Wood, Leon Addison Brown, Juan Castano, Glenn Davis, and Samantha Soule. Previews begin at the Lucille Lortel Theatre April 5.

“Hangmen” will hang around a bit longer.
The Atlantic Theater Company’s production of Martin McDonagh’s new play “Hangmen” has announced a three-week extension. A spring Broadway transfer of the drama—which has enjoyed a so-far sold-out run—had been rumored, but this extension now renders that null and void. “Hangmen” is a direct import from the West End, and is directed by Matthew Dunster.

Borle grabs the directing reins.
Two-time Tony Award-winning actor Christian Borle, last seen as the eccentric candyman in Broadway’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” will step behind the curtain to direct an industry reading of “Popcorn Falls.” The new comedy, presented by The Transport Group on March 2, is written by James Hundman.

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