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See Annaleigh Ashford, Michael Urie, and More at A Bright Room Called Day Opening

Nikki M. James, Crystal Lucas-Perry, and more star in the Public Theater's new revival of Tony Kushner's play.

The Public Theater's revival of Tony Kushner's A Bright Room Called Day, directed by Oskar Eustis, officially opened last night, November 19. Check out opening night photos featuring cast members, crew, and friends below.

Annaleigh Ashford at the opening night of the Public Theater's revival of A Bright Room Called Day.
(© Tricia Baron)

The play is described as follows: "Tony Kushner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, reunites with longtime collaborator and Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis in a scorching new version of his first play, the prescient 1985 masterwork suggesting the possibility of the Reagan counter-revolution eventually giving rise to American fascism. Agnes, an actress in Weimar Germany, and her cadre of passionate, progressive friends, are torn between protest, escape, and survival as the world they knew crumbles around them. Her story is interrupted by an American woman enraged by the cruelty of the Reagan administration, and a new character, grappling with the anxiety, distraction, hope, and hopelessness of an artist facing the once unthinkable rise of authoritarianism in modern America."

Nikki M. James plays Agnes Eggling in A Bright Room Called Day.
(© Tricia Baron)

The cast includes Linda Emond (Annabella Gotchling), Michael Esper (Vealtninc Husz), Grace Gummer (Paulinka Erdnuss), Jonathan Hadary (Xillah), Nikki M. James (Agnes Eggling), Crystal Lucas-Perry (Zillah), Nadine Malouf (Rosa Malek), Mark Margolis (Gottfried Swetts), Estelle Parsons (Die Älte), Michael Urie (Gregor Bazwald), and Max Woertendyke (Emil Traum).

A Bright Room Called Day playwright Tony Kushner with Crystal Lucas-Perry, who plays Zillah in the Public Theater's new revival.
(© Tricia Baron)

The creative team features scenic design by David Rockwell, co-costume design by Susan Hilferty and Sarita Fellows, lighting design by John Torres, sound design by Bray Poor, and projection design by Lucy Mackinnon.

Estelle Parsons, who plays Die Älte in A Bright Room Called Day, with the production's director, Oskar Eustis.
(© Tricia Baron)

Performances run in the Anspacher Theater through December 15.

Michael Urie plays Gregor Bazwald in A Bright Room Called Day.
(© Tricia Baron)