Oscar Nominee Marsha Mason to Star in Watch on the Rhine at Arena Stage
Arena Stage has announced complete casting for its upcoming production of Lillian Hellman's Watch on the Rhine, set in Washington, D.C., on the brink of U.S. involvement in World War II. Performances will run from February 3-March 5, 2017, in the Fichandler Stage.
Directed by Jackie Maxwell, the production will star four-time Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Marsha Mason as Fanny Farrelly. Mason is best known for her performances in the films Cinderella Liberty, The Goodbye Girl, Chapter Two, and Only When I Laugh.
Joining Mason will be Andrew Long (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) as Kurt Muller, Lise Bruneau (The Cherry Orchard) as Sara Muller, J. Anthony Crane (The Lion King national tour) as Teck De Brancovis, and Thomas Keegan (Ford's Theatre's The Glass Menagerie) as David Farrelly. The cast also includes Tyler Bowman as Bodo Muller, Lucy Breedlove as Babette Muller, Helen Hedman as Anise, Ethan Miller as Joshua Muller, Natalia Payne as Marthe De Brancovis, Addison Switzer as Joseph, and understudies Heidi Kaplan and Ethan Van Slyke (for Joshua and Bodo Muller).
Watch on the Rhine is the second of two full productions as part of the Lillian Hellman Festival, which continues Arena Stage’s tradition of showcasing the work of American giants in the theater (following festivals for Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, and Eugene O’Neill). Earlier this season Arena Stage produced The Little Foxes, and beginning January 25, 2017, it will host staged readings, film screenings, and panel discussions to explore and celebrate the iconic playwright, author, and political activist.