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Aya Cash and Gillian Jacobs to Star in Kings at the Public Theater

Eisa Davis and Zach Grenier complete the company of this new Sarah Burgess play.

Aya Cash will star in Kings at the Public Theater.
Aya Cash will star in Kings at the Public Theater.
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You're the Worst star Aya Cash and Love's Gillian Jacobs will star in the world premiere of Kings, a new play by Sarah Burgess at the Public Theater. Directed by Thomas Kail, the production runs January 30-March 25, with opening night set for February 20.

Burgess and Kail collaborated the world premiere of Dry Powder at the Public Theater. Kings tells the story of Kate, a whip-smart lobbyist who doesn’t waste her time on anyone who can’t get elected, stay elected, and help her clients get what they want. Kate thinks Representative Sydney Millsap is a political neophyte whose staunch ideals are going to cost her a burgeoning political career. But Representative Millsap and her high-minded principles turn out to be more resilient than Washington was expecting, and for the first time, Kate is faced with a choice that might change everything for her: back the system, or back what she believes in?

Jacobs will play Kate, with Cash as Lauren. Eisa Davis (Representative Sydney Millsap) and Zach Grenier (Senator John McDowell) complete the company. Kings features scenic design by Anna Louizos, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Jason Lyons, and original music and sound design by Lindsay Jones.