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Kate Walsh and More to Star in Jordans at the Public Theater

The new play is written by Ife Olujobi.

Kate Walsh
Kate Walsh
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Casting has been announced for the Public Theater’s world premiere of Ife Olujobi’s Jordans, directed by Whitney White. Performances run April 11-May 5, with opening night set for April 24.

In Jordans, “At an overwhelmingly white workplace where appearance is everything, a long-suffering receptionist finds herself in personal, professional, and psychic jeopardy when her ruthless boss hires a hip new employee in an effort to improve the company’s image and “culture.” Suddenly, the two young, Black social climbers are forced together and torn apart by their race, ambition, and otherworldly circumstances.”

The company will include Brontë England-Nelson, Naomi Lorrain, Brian Muller, Toby Onwumere, Matthew Russell, Ryan Spahn, Meg Steedle, Kate Walsh, and understudies Quinn M. Johnson, Deven Kessler, and Kai Tshikosi. Additional understudies will be announced at a later date.

The production will have scenic design by Matt Saunders, costume design by Qween Jean, lighting design by Cha See, sound design by Fan Zhang, hair and wig design by Nikiya Mathis, special effects design by Lillis Meeh, prop management by Claire M. Kavanah, intimacy direction by Kelsey Rainwater, and fight direction by Unkle Dave’s Fight House. Nissy Aya serves as the production dramaturg.

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Final performance: May 5, 2024