The gang's all here! Tony winner Gabriel Ebert, Emmy winner Mare Winningham, Broadway vet Reed Birney and more complete the star-studded cast of Casa Valentina, a new play written by Tony winner Harvey Fierstein. The Manhattan Theatre Club production features previously announced Tony nominee John Cullum and Patrick Page. Directed by Tony winner Joe Mantello, Casa Valentina begins previews April 1 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Opening night is set for April 23.
Casa Valentina will feature Ebert as Jonathon/Miranda, Winningham as Rita, Birney as Isadore/Charlotte, Cullum as Terrence/Terry, Page as George/Valentina, Lisa Emery as Eleanor, Tony nominee Tom McGowan as Albert/Bessie, Larry Pine as Judge/Amy and Nick Westrate as Michael/Gloria.
Ebert won the 2013 Tony Award for his role as Mr. Wormwood in Matilda and also appeared on Broadway in Brief Encounter and Red. Winningham made her Broadway debut in last season's Roundabout revival of Picnic, which also featured Birney. He also appeared on Broadway in Gemini.
Emery has appeared on Broadway in Relatively Speaking, The Smell Of The Kill, The Women, Present Laughter, Jackie, Rumors and Burn This. McGowan earned a Tony nod for his performance in 1991's La Bête. His other Broadway credits include Chicago, Ivanov and Wicked. Pine's Broadway credits include The Seagull, End of the World, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Angels in America, Private Lives and Bus Stop. Westrate has appeared on Broadway in A Moon for the Misbegotten.
Set in the idyllic Catskills mountains in the early 1960s, Casa Valentina is a discrete venue for men who enjoy dressing up and acting as women. When the opportunity to become an official organization arises, Casa Valentina must decide whether this would help gain their clientele recognition in society or wreck havoc on their personal lives.
The creative team for Casa Valentina includes scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Rita Ryack, lighting design by Justin Townsend, sound design and original music by Fitz Patton, hair and makeup design by Jason Hayes and fight direction by Thomas Schall.