Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser and Broadway vet Larry Pine (Casa Valentina) will play Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler, respectively, in the previously announced New York premiere of Billy & Ray. Mike Bencivenga's new play, directed by the legendary Garry Marshall, will begin previews on October 1. Opening night is set for October 20 at the Vineyard Theatre.
Rounding out the cast are Sophie von Haselberg (The Cat and the Canary) as Wilder's long-suffering secretary and Drew Gehling (Jersey Boys) as a beleaguered studio chief.
Billy & Ray charts the birth of the film noir genre. The comedy follows literary odd couple writer-director Billy Wilder and novelist Raymond Chandler as they contentiously collaborate to adapt the novel Double Indemnity for the silver screen. Set in 1940s Hollywood, Billy & Ray is the true story of how two brilliant and thorny artists battled the Hollywood censors and each other to create a groundbreaking movie classic.
The production will feature scenic design by Charlie Corcoran, lighting design by Russell Champa, costume design by Michael Krass and sound design by David Van Tieghem.