Michael Esper, Virginia Kull and Tony nominee Bobby Steggert will lead Playwrights Horizons' previously announced New York premiere of Leslye Headland's Assistance. Directed by Trip Cullman, previews begin February 3, with opening night set for February 28. The limited engagement runs through March 11.
Assistance delves into humanity’s need and drive for power. The story follows young assistants whose lives are an endless series of humiliations at the hands of their horrible boss. In rare moments of calm when the phone calls stop rolling, Nick (Esper) and Nora (Kull) and their traumatized co-workers question whether all their work will lead to success—or just more work.
Esper's Broadway credits include American Idiot and A Man For All Seasons. He has also appeared off-Broadway in The Lyons, The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures, The Four of Us and Crazy Mary. Kull's Broadway credits include Man and Boy, Dividing the Estate and Old Acquaintance. She appeared off-Broadway in The Orphans' Home Cycle. Steggert is a Tony nominee for Ragtime. He has appeared on Broadway in 110 in the Shade and Master Harold...and the Boys and off-Broadway in Yank!, A Minister's Wife and Saved!
The cast will also feature Sue Jean Kim (The Drunken City), Lucas Near-Verbrugghe (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Ritz) and Amy Rosoff (TV's Boardwalk Empire).
Assistance will feature choreography by Jeffry Denman, scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Ben Stanton and sound design by Jill BC Du Boff.