Cast announced for "Trying," March 13 - April 8


Carly Zien (Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) and Philip Goodwin (Broadway’s The Diary of Anne Frank) cast in touching drama inspired by true events

George Street Playhouse, located at 103 College Farm Road in New Brunswick, today announced the casting of Philip Goodwin (Broadway’s The Diary of Anne Frank, The School for Scandal) and Carly Zien (Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, POP TV’s Nightcap) in Trying by Joanna McClelland Glass, on stage March 13 - April 8, 2018. The poignant drama will be directed by Jim Jack, who will be helming his second GSP mainstage production following the widely acclaimed 2016 production of My Name is Asher Lev.

Trying — hailed as “exquisitely literate, moving and compelling” by Variety — tells the story of internationally known Francis Biddle, Chief Judge of the Nuremberg trials, Attorney General under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. At 81 years old, he is sharply cantankerous and trying to put his life in order as he works on his memoir. When Sarah, a young, new secretary is hired, the two come to understand how strangers at very different places in their lives can unexpectedly and forever influence each other. Trying is based on the playwright Joanna McClelland Glass’ real-life experience as Biddle’s secretary.

The New York Daily News called Trying, "a portrait of generational reconciliation. It is enormously bracing theatre” and The New York Times called the play “comic and touching.”

Tickets start at $43 for Preview performances. Student tickets are $15. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the George Street Playhouse website, or call the box office at 732-246-7717.  

Trying is sponsored by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. Opening Night is sponsored by Investors Bank.

Philip Goodwin (Judge Francis Biddle) has appeared on Broadway in Tartuffe, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The School for Scandal. His off-Broadway credits include King Lear, Pericles, Macbeth, and Hamlet (The Public); Grace (MCC); The Room/Celebration (Atlantic Theatre Company); Drowning (Signature Theatre); The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek (New York Theatre Workshop); Cymbeline, Troilus and Cressida, and Henry VI (Drama Desk nomination as Henry VI; Theater for a New Audience). He is a company member of the Shakespeare Theatre Company of Washington, D.C. and received Helen Hayes Awards there (Twelfth Night, Timon of Athens, and An Enemy of the People). Other regional credits: Kennedy Center, Studio Theatre DC, Hartford Stage, Guthrie Theater, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Studio Arena Buffalo, Intiman Theatre, and The Acting Studio. Film and TV credits: The Pink Panther, The Pink Panther 2, Diary of a City Priest, Men in Black II, and Law & Order.

Carly Zien (Sarah) has recently appeared in Amazon’s Golden Globe-winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, POP TV’s Nightcap and in Elisabeth Subrin’s film, A Woman, A Part. Regional theatre appearances include Totem Pole Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre and TheatreWorks USA. Ms. Zien, who received her B.A. in theater studies from Yale University and an M.F.A. in acting from The Yale School of Drama, is also a singer and audition coach.

Joanna McClelland Glass (Playwright) has had plays produced in many North American regional theatres, as well as in England, Ireland, Australia, and Germany. Trying was first presented by Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago in 2004 and won Chicago's prestigious Jefferson Award for Best New Play. Trying was then produced at The Promenade Theatre, NYC, in the fall/winter of 2004-2005. Ms. Glass has written two novels, Reflections on a Mountain Summer (published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1975), and Woman Wanted (published by St. Martin's Press in 1984). She adapted both novels into screenplays. Kiefer Sutherland starred in and directed a film version of Woman Wanted — also starring Holly Hunter and Michael Moriarty — in 1998.

Jim Jack (Director) is directing his second mainstage production at GSP, following the acclaimed production of My Name is Asher Lev in spring 2016.  In June 2016, he directed a new play at GSP, Terra Incognita, exploring the toxic waste legacy of New Jersey as part of the "Dirty Little Secrets" media campaign. Directing credits for GSP’s Educational Tour and community-based programs include: Our Town Now; Gabi Goes Green!; Austin the Unstoppable; IRL: in real life; New Kid; Peacemaker; and Break the Chains. Additional New York and regional credits include: The Road; Where is Home?; The Way It Was; K2 (Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Direction); Life and Limb; The Dumb Waiter; and The Zoo Story. He  is the Director of Education and Outreach for the George Street Playhouse.

The rest of the creative team includes Jason Simms (set design), Esther Arroyo (costume design), Christopher J. Bailey (lighting design), Scott Killian (sound design) and Jane Pole (production stage manager). Casting is by Pat McCorkle, Mccorkle Casting, Ltd.