Off-Broadway's The Shed has added five Wednesday matinee performances to its run of David Hare’s Straight Line Crazy. Following its world premiere in March at London's The Bridge, the show transfers to New York City for a strictly limited engagement, which will begin previews October 18 with an October 26 opening night. Performances are set through December 18.
Wednesday matinee performances will be held November 2, 9, 16, and 30, as well as December 7.
Tony winner Ralph Fiennes (Hamlet) reprises the role of Robert Moses under the direction of Tony winner Nicholas Hytner (The History Boys, Carousel) and Jamie Armitage (Six). Joining Fiennes in the cast will be Aisha Bailey as Mariah Heller, Al Coppola as Sandy McQuade, Andrew Lewis as Lewis Mason, Krysten Peck as Carol Amis, and Adam Silver as Ariel Porter.
Previously announced casting also includes David Bromley as Stamford Fergus, Alana Maria as Shirley Hayes, Guy Paul as Henry Vanderbilt, Judith Roddy as Finnuala Connell, Helen Schlesinger as Jane Jacobs, Mary Stillwaggon Stewart as Nicole Savage, and Danny Webb as Governor Al Smith.
Straight Line Crazy delves into the questionable legacy of Moses and his enduring impact on New York. The play presents an imagined retelling of the arc of Moses’s controversial career in two decisive moments: his rise to power in the late 1920s and the public outcry against the corrosive effects of that power in the mid-1950s.
The production will have set and costume design by Bob Crowley, lighting design by Jessica Hung Han Yun, sound design by George Dennis, music composition by George Fenton, associate design by Jaimie Todd, and casting by Robert Sterne. The production stage manager is Cynthia Cahill.
Fiennes (Faith Healer), Hytner (One Man, Two Guvnors), and Hare (Skylight) previously collaborated on Hare's Beat the Devil, which ran at The Bridge in 2020.