Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater has released the first images from the meet-and-greet for its upcoming production of Anthony Giardina's The City of Conversation. Doug Hughes, who also directed the play's off-Broadway premiere at Lincoln Center in 2014, helms the production. The City of Conversation is set to run from January 29-March 6.
The show's cast is led by Margaret Colin, known for playing Eleanor Waldorf on Gossip Girl, as Washington hostess Hester Ferris. Also featured are Michael Simpson (reprising his roles as Colin Ferris and Ethan Ferris, which he originated in the New York premiere), Caroline Hewitt as Anna Fitzgerald, Ann McDonough as Jean Swift, and Tom Wiggin as Chandler Harris. The cast also includes Freddie Bennett as Donald Logan, Todd Scofield as George Mallonee, Jjana Valentiner as Carolyn Mallonee, and 9-year-old Tyler Smallwood as Young Ethan Ferris, with Caedan White as understudy for Young Ethan.
The Arena Stage production reunites the original off-Broadway creative team, including set designer John Lee Beatty, costume designer Catherine Zuber, lighting designer Tyler Micoleau, and original music and sound designer Mark Bennett.
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