Pay the Writer, a timely new play from Tawni O'Dell (Back Roads), begins a seven-week limited engagement Off-Broadway August 13, ahead of opening night August 21. The production will play through September 30 at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center with Karen Carpenter (Love, Loss, and What I Wore) at the helm.
The new play follows the friendship between a white, gay literary agent and his best friend and most successful client, a gifted Black writer. The sold-out August 13 performance serves as a benefit in support of the Writers Guild of America, which is currently on strike. Additional benefit performances August 14 and 20 have been added to meet demand.
The cast features Ron Canada (Network) as writer Cyrus Holt, Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives) as Lana Holt, Bryan Batt (Mad Men) as literary agent Bruston Fischer, Steven Hauck (The Velocity of Autumn) as Jean Luc, Miles G. Jackson (Chicken & Biscuits) as Young Bruston and Taz, Garrett Turner (Tina - The Tina Turner Musical) as Young Cyrus, Danielle J. Summons (Baby) as Gigi, and Stephen Payne (Straight White Men) as Homeless Man.
The production also features scenic design by David Gallo, costume design by David C. Woolard, lighting design by Chistopher Akerlind, sound design by Bill Toles, and props by Yuki Nakamura. The limited run is produced by Alexander "Sandy" Marshall, Mitchell Maxwell, Giles Cole, and MarMaxMedia.
Tickets are available at OffBroadway.VenueTix.com.