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Martin Moran's Theo Announces World-Premiere Cast

The brand-new commission will open March 1 at Two River Theater.

Martin Moran's new play Theo will make its world premiere at Two River Theater.
Martin Moran's new play Theo will make its world premiere at Two River Theater.
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Two River Theater has announced casting for its commissioned world premiere of Theo, written by Martin Moran and directed by Carolyn Cantor. Performances will run from February 23-March 24 with an official opening set for March 1.

Theo is described as follows: "In this five-character play, Moran renders the complexity of living with humor and truth. When a family's matriarch, Margaret, is forced to acknowledge that her health is deteriorating, her son Theodore returns to their Catskills home after many years away. There, he reconnects with Abe, an acquaintance from his youth who is now his mother's home aide, and with his sister Beth, a single mother struggling to understand her teenaged child, Maddy. A warm look at the far-reaching ties of love, this new play is a moving portrait of kinship, faith, and the pursuit of one's true self."

The cast of Theo features Zachary Booth (Theo), Jesse James Keitel (Maddy), Jon-Michael Reese (Abe), Andrea Syglowski (Beth), and Brenda Wehle (Margaret). The creative team includes scenic designer Antje Ellermann, costume designer Kristin Isola, lighting designer Yuki Nakase, sound designer Leon Rothenberg, and wig designer Tommy Kurzman. Fight direction is by UnkleDave's Fight-House.

As an actor, Martin Moran has appeared on Broadway in many productions including Wicked, Monty Python's Spamalot, and Titanic. He earned a 2004 Obie Award and two Drama Desk nominations for his play The Tricky Part, based on his memoir of the same title, and a 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Solo Show for his play All the Rage. He performed The Tricky Part and All the Rage at Two River Theater, in repertory, in 2013-14, after which the theater commissioned him to write Theo, his first play for other actors.