Casting is complete for the Signature Theatre Company revival of Athol Fugard’s The Train Driver, which will star Leon Addison Brown as Simon and Ritchie Coster as Roelf. Helmed by Fugard, The Train Driver begins performances August 14, with an official opening night on September 9. The production is set to play a limited engagement through September 23 in the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center.
Based on a true story, The Train Driver centers around Roelf (Coster), a train driver who has spent weeks searching for the identities of a mother and child he unintentionally killed with his train. After traveling through shantytowns, he encounters an old gravedigger named Simon (Brown) who helps Roelf unburden his conscience. The Train Driver is an exploration of guilt, suffering and the powerful bonds that grow between strangers.
Brown appeared on Broadway in On the Waterfront and off-Broadway in The Orphans’ Home Cycle Parts I and III, Two Trains Running, The Day the Bronx Died, The Lights and The Alexander Plays…Suzanne in Stages. His film and TV credits include Law & Order, Music of the Heart and The Good Wife.
Coster appeared on Broadway in Wait Until Dark and off-Broadway in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Beauty of the Father and Dealer’s Choice. His film and TV credits include The Dark Knight, American Gangster, Let Me In, The Tuxedo and Luck.
The creative team for The Train Driver includes scenic designer Christopher H. Barreca, costume designer Susan Hilferty, lighting designer Stephen Strawbridge, sound designer Brett Jarvis and original music by Doug Wieselman.