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Alexandra Billings, Johanna Day, and John Ellison Conlee Preview The Nap

Manhattan Theatre Club presents the New York premiere of Richard Bean's new comedy.

Ethan Hova, Bhavesh Patel, Thomas Jay Ryan, Johanna Day, Ben Schnetzer, Ahmed Aly Elsayed, playwright Richard Bean, John Ellison Conlee, Alexandra Billings, Heather Lind, and Max Gordon Moore at the New York Athletic Club.
(© David Gordon)

The stars of Richard Bean's The Nap, directed by Daniel Sullivan, met the press at the New York Athletic Club on Thursday, August 1. Manhattan Theatre Club's Broadway production begins previews at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on September 5, with opening night set for September 27.

The company of The Nap includes of Alexandra Billings, Tony nominees John Ellison Conlee and Johanna Day, United States National Snooker Champion Ahmed Aly Elsayed, Ethan Hova, Heather Lind, Max Gordon Moore, Bhavesh Patel, Thomas Jay Ryan, and Ben Schnetzer.

The Nap is set in the world of snooker, the British version of pool. Dylan Spokes (Schnetzer), a fast-rising young star, arrives for a championship tournament only to be confronted by the authorities warning him of the repercussions of match fixing. Before he knows it, Dylan's forced into underhanded dealings with a cast of wildly colorful characters that include his ex-convict dad (Conlee), saucy mum (Day), quick-tongued manager (Moore), and a renowned gangster (Billings), to boot.

The creative team is made up of David Rockwell (scenic design), Kaye Voyce (costume design), Justin Townsend (lighting design), Lindsay Jones (sound design), Anne Ford-Coates (hair and make-up design), Ben Furey (dialect coach), and Thomas Schall (fight director).

United States National Snooker Champion and The Nap cast member Ahmed Aly Elsayed with playwright Richard Bean.
(© David Gordon)