Daniel K. Isaac, currently on Showtime's Billions, will star in the Abingdon Theatre Company's first production of its 25th anniversary season, The Gentleman Caller, a new play by Philip Dawkins (Charm, Le Switch, The Homosexuals).
Directed by Artistic Director Tony Speciale, performances are scheduled for May 5–26 at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street) in Greenwich Village.
Isaac, who will play William Inge, will be joined by Juan Francisco Villa (Oedipus El Rey) as Tennessee Williams. Opening night is scheduled for May 10.
The Gentleman Caller takes audiences back in time, before the Chicago premiere of The Glass Menagerie. Inge, a dissatisfied newspaper critic, invites Williams to his St. Louis apartment for an interview. This rendezvous sparks a relationship, which alters the course of their lives and the American theatre.
The production will feature scenic design by Sara C. Walsh (Queen of the Night), costume design by Hunter Kaczorowski (The Dork Knight), lighting design by Zach Blane (Too Much, Too Much, Too Many), and sound design and original music by Christian Frederickson (Antigone, Trojan Women).
“The struggle to create while not also destroying the self in the process is one that is, I feel, as vital today as it was in the smack-middle of the last century," says playwright Dawkins. "Tennessee Williams and William Inge have both been such major influences not only to me but to so many others who I count as my mentors and theater-heroes. As a Midwestern playwright myself, I take the responsibility of holding these powerful queer voices from the middle of America as a great and powerful honor. Delving into their lives has been a wonderful and terrifying adventure, and I'm thrilled to continue this adventure with Tony Speciale and Abingdon.”
Tickets are $65 and available at AbingdonTheatre.org or by calling (212) 352-3101.