Steppenwolf Theatre has announced the cast for its upcoming production of James Ijames' The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington. The Chicago premiere, which launches Steppenwolf's 47th season, will begin September 1 and continue through October 9.
Cindy Gold will star as titular character Martha Washington, joined by Celeste M. Cooper as Doll, Sydney Charles as Priscilla, Carl Clemons-Hopkins as Davy, Nikki Crawford as Ann Dandridge, Victor Musoni as William, and Donovan Session as Sucky Boy, with ensemble member Celeste M. Cooper as Doll. Crawford currently stars in Ijames' Pulitzer-winning Fat Ham at Off-Broadway's The Public Theater.
Whitney White directs the play, which follows the recently widowed “Mother of America,” who lies alone in her Mount Vernon bed, ravaged by illness and attended to by the very same enslaved people who will be free the moment she dies.
The creative team includes scenic designer Clint Ramos, costume designer Izumi Inaba, lighting designer Amith Chandrashaker, associate director Manna-Symone Middlebrooks, company voice and text coach Gigi Buffington, casting director JC Clementz, production stage manager Christine D. Freeburg, and assistant stage manager Kathleen Barrett.