Hannah Cabell, Michael Countryman, Ebony Jo-Ann, More Cast in Second Stage’s World Premiere of The Underlying Chris

Off-Broadway News   Hannah Cabell, Michael Countryman, Ebony Jo-Ann, More Cast in Second Stage’s World Premiere of The Underlying Chris
Kenny Leon will direct the Off-Broadway production of Will Eno’s play this fall.
Hannah Cabell Anita & Steve Shevett

Casting is complete for Second Stage Theater's upcoming world premiere of Will Eno’s The Underlying Chris, which will begin previews October 29 at the Tony Kiser Theater.

Directed by Tony winner Kenny Leon (American Son, A Raisin in the Sun), the production will officially open Off-Broadway November 21.

The cast will feature Hannah Cabell, Michael Countryman, Ebony Jo-Ann, Lenne Klingaman, Lizbeth MacKay, Nedra McClyde, Howard Overshown, Isabella Russo, Charles Turner, and Luis Vega. One role remains to be cast.

Kenny Leon Joseph Marzullo/WENN

The Underlying Chris is described as a life-affirming and high-spirited look at how a person comes into their identity, and how sometimes it’s life’s tiniest moments that most profoundly change our lives.

The production will also have scenic design by Arnulfo Maldonado, costume design by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Amith Chandrashaker, sound design by Dan Moses Schreier, and casting by Telsey + Company.

Eno is a Residency Five Fellow of the Signature Theatre in New York, which premiered Title and Deed in 2012, The Open House in 2014, and Wakey, Wakey in 2017. Following an acclaimed run at Yale Repertory Theatre, his play The Realistic Joneses appeared on Broadway in 2014, where it won a Drama Desk Award. His play Gnit, an adaptation of Peer Gynt, premiered at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in 2013. Middletown, winner of the Horton Foote Award, premiered at the Vineyard Theatre. His internationally heralded play Thom Pain (based on nothing) ran at the Geffen Playhouse in 2016 and starred Rainn Wilson; this production served as the basis for a film version directed by Oliver Butler and the playwright, which premiered at the Memphis Film Festival.

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