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Nureyev's Eyes

February 2 — February 21, 2016

February 2 — February 21, 2016

Playwright
David Rush

David Rush

Playwright

David Rush has written plays produced at such theaters as American Stage, Stage Left, Mark Taper Forum, GeVa Theater, and Manhattan Theater Club, among others. His work has won or placed in national contests and has earned a variety of awards, including several Chicago Jeffs, a Los Angeles Drama Logue and two Midwest Emmys. He has received Illinois Arts Council grants and was a writer in residence at the Inge Center in 2010. His books, A Student Guide to Play Analysis and Building Your Play, are used by many colleges and universities.

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Director
Michael Mastro

Michael Mastro

Director

Michael Mastro has a long history with George Street Playhouse, having served as its Resident Artistic Director for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. At GSP, he has directed 2016's Nureyev’s Eyes, 2014’s The Fabulous Lipitones and 2011’s The Subject Was Roses with Stephanie Zimbalist. He has also appeared on our stage in such productions as The Sunshine Boys, The Pillowman, The Fox on the Fairway and Inspecting Carol. In recent years, he has directed Ingmar Bergman’s Nora at Delaware Theatre Company, where he was Associate Artistic Director, and appeared in Ayckbourn’s The Things We Do For Love at the Westport Country Playhouse. He has also helmed several NYC celebrity play readings to benefit various nonprofits, working with actors like Zachary Quinto, Bernadette Peters, Jean Smart, Beau Bridges, Michael McKean, Stockard Channing, Melissa Leo, Laura Benanti, Cynthia Nixon, John Slattery and Cecily Strong. Other directorial assignments include associate director of the recent first national tour of West Side Story, helmed by David Saint, as well as the direction of many new American one-acts for several NYC theatre companies. As an actor, he works regularly on and off Broadway, regionally, and in film and TV, where he is currently recurring on Law & Order: SVU. Proud member: Actors Equity, SAG-AFTRA, SDC, Naked Angels, The Actors Center. 

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William Connell

William Connell

Cast

New York: A View from the Bridge (2010 Broadway revival); The Coast of Utopia (Lincoln Center); Alphabetical Order (Keen Company). Regional: One Man, Two Guvnors (Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep, Pioneer Theatre); Hamlet (Aspen Music Festival); The Hour of Feeling (Humana Festival); The Winslow Boy and The Mousetrap (Rep Theatre of St. Louis), The 39 Steps (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival); Bell, Book and Candle (San Francisco Playhouse); and The Importance of Being Earnest (Gulfshore Playhouse), among others. Film & TV: Billions, The Blacklist, The Good Wife, Manhattan Love Story, Smash, Not Fade Away, Gossip Girl, Law & Order and Guiding Light.

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Bill Dawes

Bill Dawes

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Bill Dawes is a three-time Broadway veteran, most recently appearing as Mickey Mantle in Bronx Bombers. He has appeared in a dozen off-Broadway productions, and many more at esteemed regional theatres like Williamstown, Ford’s Theatre and Dallas Theatre Center. Television credits include Law & Order, Criminal Minds, Damages, The Following, Royal Pains, Sex and the City, and many more. As a comic, Bill has performed all over the world, including tours of Iraq and Afghanistan with the USO, and has videos at http://www.laughfactory.com/BillDawes and on YouTube.

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"George Street’s production of the play, like a well-executed painting, fuses contrasting and harmonious elements into a pleasing creation." - Michael Sommers, The New York Times

"Pure theatrical excellence, expertly staged and performed" - Marina Kennedy, BroadwayWorld.com

"A well-crafted, thought-provoking play" - Patrick Maley, The Star-Ledger

Fighting personal demons and demanding perfection, American painter Jamie Wyeth and Russian ballet and film star Rudolf Nureyev develop a friendship that transcends their differences and lasts until the end of Nureyev’s storied career and too-short life. Struggling to capture the icon on paper and canvas, Wyeth is not satisfied until an unexpected breakthrough provides new inspiration -- opening his eyes to what is right in front of him.   

Nureyev's Eyes is produced in association with Delaware Theatre Company, Bud Martin Executive Director; Melissa Zimmerman, Managing Director.

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