Schenectady, N.Y. - Primary casting has been announced for the Capital Repertory Theatre production of Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities, directed by Michael Bush, opening in previews Sept. 26 and playing Sept. 30-Oct. 19. Broadway veteran Kevin McGuire and Emmy Award-winner Ellen Parker will lead the cast as Lyman and Polly Wyeth.
Other Desert Cities, a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is an intriguing play about family, politics and the past.
McGuire has been a recent staple at theREP, with leading roles in Man of La Mancha, Red and A Christmas Carol.
McGuire has starred on Broadway and in national and international tours of Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, The Secret Garden and Jane Eyre. As founder of The Theatre Company at Hubbard Hall, in Cambridge, N.Y., he directed and starred in nine seasons of inventive stagings of classics, including Long Day's Journey Into Night, Uncle Vanya and Much Ado About Nothing.
He will direct Shakespeare's Hamlet for theREP later in the season.
Parker-who starred for eight years, and won a 1993 Emmy Award, as Maureen Reardon Bauer on the daytime television staple Guiding Light-makes her Capital Repertory Theatre debut with Other Desert Cities.
On Broadway, Parker appeared in The Heidi Chronicles, Plenty and Equus; off-Broadway work includes Alan Ayckbourn's House and Garden and Absent Friends; Mrs. Klein with Uta Hagen; As You Like It at La MaMa; and Aunt Dan and Lemon and Fen at the Public.
She has performed widely in regional theater and spent seven summers acting at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference. She was awarded an Obie for "Sustained Excellence of Performance" and an Emmy for Best Featured Actress.
Parker, like McGuire, has local connections. Her parents founded Chez Sophie in Hadley, N.Y. and her brother Paul recently opened The Rare Earth Wine Bar in Glens Falls, N.Y.
Michael Bush returns to theREP for Other Desert Cities, where he has also directed Cactus Flower, Uptown Downtown and A Christmas Carol.
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