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Susan Sarandon, Marin Ireland Preview Jesse Eisenberg's Happy Talk

The New Group presents Eisenberg's latest world premiere.

The cast of Happy Talk: Nico Santos, Marin Ireland, Tedra Millan, Daniel Oreskes, and Susan Sarandon.
(© Janie Willison)

The stars of Jesse Eisenberg's Happy Talk, a New Group world premiere, met the press at their rehearsal studio on April 1. Directed by Scott Elliott, previews begin April 30 ahead of a May 16 opening at the Pershing Square Signature Center.

Marin Ireland (Sneaky Pete) and Oscar winner Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise) head the company, alongside Tedra Millan (Present Laughter), Daniel Oreskes (Oslo), and Nico Santos (Superstore). The production will feature scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, and sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen.

The story is described as follows: "Lorraine (Sarandon) is a saint of the suburbs. On top of trying to save her dying mother, miserable husband and estranged daughter, she's starring as Bloody Mary in the Jewish Community Center production of South Pacific. When her mother's home aide, Serbian immigrant Ljuba (Ireland), asks for help finding a husband, Lorraine takes on her most challenging role to date: matchmaker. In Jesse Eisenberg's hysterical and devastating play, Happy Talk, he reveals the absurd lengths people go to save themselves in the name of saving others."

Playwright Jesse Eisenberg and director Scott Elliott.
(© Janie Willison)
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