Orange is the New Black actress Deborah Rush, Tribes star Susan Pourfar, Robert Beitzel and Halley Feiffer have been announced to star in Women or Nothing, the first full length play by Oscar winner Ethan Coen. Directed by David Cromer, the world premiere comedy will run at the Atlantic Theater Company from August 28 through October 6, with an opening night set for September 16.
Rush received a Tony nomination for her role in Noises Off; her additional Broadway credits include Blithe Spirit, The Sisters Rosensweig and Hay Fever. Rush’s film and TV credits include Girls, Julie & Julia, The Good Girl, Strangers with Candy and Spin City. Pourfar is known to TV audiences for ABC’s hit series Scandal, but theater audiences know her for her work in Tribes, In the Wake, When the Rain Stops Falling, The Singing Forest and Swimming in the Shallows. Beitzel appeared in Cromer’s Our Town off-Broadway, as well as In Masks Outrageous and Austere, Hallway Trilogy and Light Raise the Roof. Feiffer won a Theatre World Award for her Broadway debut in House of Blue Leaves; her screen work includes He’s Way More Famous Than You, Bored to Death, Mildred Pierce and The Squid and the Whale.
Women or Nothing is a play about two women so desperate to have a child that one of them will even sleep with a man. Who the man is, what he thinks is going on, what the women think about what he thinks, and what the mother of one of the women reveals about her own colorful past—it all defies belief. Why then does it all make sense?
Women or Nothing will feature scenic design by Michele Spadaro, costume design by Sarah Laux, lighting design by Bradley King and original music and sound design by Daniel Kluger.