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The Second Mrs. Wilson

November 10 — November 29, 2015

November 10 — November 29, 2015

Playwright
Joe DiPietro

Joe DiPietro

Playwright

Previously at George Street Playhouse: The Second Mrs. Wilson,The Toxic Avenger, Creating Claire, Clever Little Lies and Ernest Shackleton Loves Me.  He is a two-time Tony Award winner for Memphis, which also received the 2010 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical.  He received a Tony nomination & Drama Desk Award for Nice Work If You Can Get It. His comedy Clever Little Lies, which stars Marlo Thomas and premiered at GSP in 2013, ran off-Broadway in 2015 under the direction of GSP Artistic Director David Saint.  He also wrote the long-running off-Broadway hits, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and Over the River and Through the Woods. 

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Director
Gordon Edelstein

Gordon Edelstein

Director

Gordon Edelstein is the longtime Artistic Director of Long Wharf Theatre (New Haven, CT), where he directed the world premiere of Joe DiPietro’s The Second Mrs. Wilson. His recent NYC credits include Satchmo at the Waldorf, starring John Douglas Thompson (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Solo Performance), My Name is Asher Lev (Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play), and The Glass Menagerie (Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival). Other New York credits include the Broadway production of Athol Fugard’s The Road to Mecca, the American premiere of Martin McDonaugh’s A Skull in Connemara, the premiere of Julia Cho’s BFE, the world premiere of Dael Orlandersmith’s Horsedreams, and Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming. This past summer, he directed Audra McDonald and Will Swenson in A Moon for the Misbegotten at Williamstown Theatre Festival. As the Artistic Director of Long Wharf Theatre, he has begun an association with Athol Fugard, directing the premieres of his recent work: The Shadow of the Hummingbird (also starring Fugard), The Train Driver, Have You Seen Us? (starring Sam Waterston) and Coming Home. Other recent Long Wharf productions include Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced, Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Thorton Wilder’s Our Town, and William Mastrosimone’s Ride the Tiger. His work at Long Wharf has been recognized by six Connecticut Critics Circle Awards, as well as the Tom Killen Award for extraordinary contributions to Connecticut’s Equity professional theatre.

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John Glover

John Glover

Cast

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John Glover created the role of Woodrow Wilson in the The Second Mrs. Wilson's world premiere at Long Wharf Theatre. Shakespeare in the Park: Much Ado About Nothing. Broadway: Macbeth, Death of a Salesman, The Royal Family, Waiting for Godot (Tony nomination), The Drowsy Chaperone, Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony and Obie Awards), The Great God Brown (Drama Desk Award). Off-Broadway: Nikolai and The Others, The Atmosphere of Memory, The Paris Letter (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Drama League Nominations). Long Wharf Theatre: The Skin of Our Teeth, Yegor Bulychev, The Doctors Dilemma, Juno and the Paycock. TV: 5 Emmy nominations. Film: Love! Valour! Compassion!, Scrooged, Julia and Annie Hall.

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Sherman Howard

Sherman Howard

Cast

Broadway: Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, All My Sons and Inherit The Wind. Off-Broadway: Bauer (59E59th), Another Part of the Forest (Peccadillo Theatre), Titus Andronicus, Tell Out My Soul (Public Theatre), Geography of a Horse Dreamer, The Crate (Ensemble Studio Theatre). Regional theatres: ACT in San Francisco, Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Pittsburgh Public, The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, etc. Favorite roles include Hamlet, Macbeth, Prospero, Galileo, Enrico IV, Henry II, Glendenning, Benedick, Joe Keller, Spooner, Scrooge, Sheridan, Lopakhin, Lex Luthor, Bub et al. Film and TV: Google…

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Richmond Hoxie

Richmond Hoxie

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Broadway/National: I’m Not Rappaport. Off-Broadway: The Film Society, Lenin’s Embalmers, Waiting for Godot and Angel Street. Regional: Light Up the Sky (La Jolla Playhouse), The Crucible (Hartford Stage), Amadeus, Twelve Angry Men and Secret Order (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Travels with My Aunt (Seattle Repertory Theatre), Inspecting Carol (Bay Street Theater), Loot and Council of Thirty (George Street Playhouse). Film: JFK, Still of the Night, For Love or Money, and My Own Love Song. TV: Boardwalk Empire, China Beach, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Christine Cromwell, LA Law, Cosby and others.

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Michael McGrath

Michael McGrath

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Broadway: Nice Work If You Can Get It (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics awards), Born Yesterday, Memphis, Is He Dead?, Spamalot (Tony nomination), Wonderful Town, Little Me, Swinging On A Star (Theatre World Award), The Goodbye Girl and My Favorite Year. Michael also appeared in the City Center Encores! productions of Follies, The Boys from Syracuse, and DuBarry Was A Lady. Off-Broadway credits: The Cocoanuts, The Butter And Egg Man, Game Show, Louisiana Purchase and Forbidden Broadway. Michael has appeared on television in The Martin Short Show. Film credits: The Interpreter, Changing Lanes and Ira and Abby.

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Laila Robins

Laila Robins

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Broadway: Heartbreak House, Frozen (Lucille Lortel nomination), The Herbal Bed and The Real Thing. Off-Broadway: The Apple Family Plays (Obie, Drama Desk), The Lady from Dubuque (OCC nomination), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Central Park), The Merchant of Venice (Calloway Award), Sore Throats (Lortel nomination), Mrs. Klein (Tour: Jefferson Award, Helen Hayes nomination). Regional: Skylight (Drama-Logue Award), A Streetcar Named Desire (Jefferson Award), Three Sisters (Cincinnati Acclaim Award), and company member of The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ. Film/TV: Homeland; Murder in the First; In Treatment; The Sopranos; Bored to Death; The Good Shepherd; Side Effects; Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Richard Seff Award recipient. MFA: Yale School of Drama.

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Stephen Spinella

Stephen Spinella

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Stephen Spinella is a two-time Tony Award winner for his performance as Prior Walter in Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Angels in America: Perestroika. Received a Tony nomination for his role in James Joyce’s The Dead. Other Broadway credits include The Velocity of Autumn, Spring Awakening, Electra and A View from the Bridge. Off-Broadway: A Man’s a Man, Volpone, The Seagull, Hamlet and As You Like It. TV: Royal Pains, Desperate Housewives, The Knick and 24. Film: Milk, Great Expectations, Lincoln, The Normal Heart, Cradle Will Rock and Love! Valour! Compassion! (with John Glover). Stephen is a member of The Actor’s Center.

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Stephen Barker Turner

Stephen Barker Turner

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Stephen Barker Turner is thrilled to be reprising the role of Dr. Grayson in The Second Mrs. Wilson. Other recent premieres: I See You (The Flea), David Adjmi’s The Evildoers, Dead Accounts and The Scene (both by Theresa Rebeck), After Ashley and Compulsion by Rinne Groff, directed by Oskar Eustis with Mandy Patinkin. Other NY theatre: Benefactors (Keen), Richard III and All’s Well That Ends Well (NYSF), Race (CSC), All My Sons (Roundabout). TV: Unforgettable, Body of Proof, Blue Bloods, all three Law & Order franchises, Sex and the City. Film: Blair Witch 2, Machiavelli Rises, Human Resources, The Warrior Class, We Pedal Uphill, Seducing Charlie Barker. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School and a Fox fellow.

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The story of the "first" female President!

"An engrossing, ambitious drama" - The New York Times

 

"Riveting...'The Second Mrs. Wilson' is more than a first lady" - Home News Tribune

 

"It’s one you don't want to miss" - New Jersey Stage

 

"A smashing play with brilliant performances...don't miss this one" - Princeton Packet/TimeOFF

It is April 1915. President Woodrow Wilson (John GloverSmallville), reeling from the loss of his wife, meets, falls in love with and marries Edith Galt (Laila RobinsHomeland). She very quickly becomes important – and influential – to her husband, and inconvenient to his circle of advisors. With the first World War looming, the President falls ill, and Edith, with effortless ease, outsmarts the men of Washington who would derail her beloved husband’s dream of world peace and the League of Nations. But will her unstinting devotion to her husband’s ideals be their downfall? A fascinating look at the real life events in which a woman became the de facto President of the United States, from the author of Clever Little Lies, Memphis and The Toxic Avenger. 

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