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A Bright Room Called Day


Anspacher October 29 - December 22, 2019 3 hours with one intermisson

Written by Tony Kushner
Directed by Oskar Eustis

Tony Kushner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (Caroline, Or Change; Angels in America), reunites with longtime collaborator and The Public Theater’s Artistic Director Oskar Eustis (White Noise) in a scorching new version of his first play, the prescient 1985 masterwork suggesting the possibility of the Reagan counter-revolution eventually giving rise to American fascism.

Agnes, an actress in Weimar Germany, and her cadre of passionate, progressive friends, are torn between protest, escape, and survival as the world they knew crumbles around them. Her story is interrupted by an American woman enraged by the cruelty of the Reagan administration, and a new character, grappling with the anxiety, distraction, hope, and hopelessness of an artist facing the once unthinkable rise of authoritarianism in modern America.

Funny, brilliant, and devastating, this new production of A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY revisits an epic work that takes a piercing look at the vulnerability of American democracy, and demands to know: when the devil takes up residence in your country… will you act?


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Linda Emond

(Annabella Gotchling). The Public: The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to Scriptures, The Winter’s Tale. Broadway: Cabaret, Death of a Salesman, Life x 3, 1776. Off-Broadway: Homebody/Kabul, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. London: The Master Builder (Old Vic). Film: Gemini Man, The Big Sick, Julie & Julia. Television: “Lodge 49,” “The Good Wife.” Three Tony Award nominations, an Outer Critics Circle Award and an Obie.

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Michael Esper

(Vealtninc Husz). Broadway: The Last Ship, The Lyons, American Idiot, A Man for All Seasons. NY: Catch as Catch Can (Page 73), Lazarus (NYTW), Tales From Red Vienna (MTC), Assistance (Playwrights Horizons), The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide… (The Public). Regional: Seared (Williamstown), The Glass Menagerie (London’s West End). Film: Ben Is Back, Runner Runner, Frances Ha, All Good Things, A Beautiful Mind. TV: “Ray Donovan,” “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime); “The Outsider” (HBO); “Trust” (FX); “The Family” (ABC); “Shades of Blue” (NBC).

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Grace Gummer

(Paulinka Erdnuss). Broadway: Arcadia (Theatre World Award), The Columnist (MTC). Off-Broadway: Mary Page Marlowe (Second Stage Theater). TV: “Mr. Robot,” “Good Girls Revolt,” “The Newsroom,” “American Horror Story,” “Confirmation,” “The Hot Zone,” “Extant.” Film: The Long Dumb Road; Standing Up, Falling Down; Frances Ha; The Homesman. BA from Vassar College.

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Jonathan Hadary

(Xillah). The Public: Coriolanus, The Comedy of Errors, The Winter’s Tale, Wenceslas Square. Broadway: Spamalot, Golden Boy, Awake and Sing!, All Shook Up, Gypsy (Tony nomination), As Is (Obie Award), Gemini. Off-Broadway: Indian Summer, Rocket to the Moon (Drama Desk nomination), Middle of the Night, The Destiny of Me, Assassins. National: Angels in America (Joseph Jefferson and Helen Hayes Awards). Film: Margaret, Intolerable Cruelty, Bait, A Time to Kill. Television: “Veep,” “Russian Doll,” “The Heart, She Holler.”

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Bill Heck

(Gregor Bazwald, starting December 14). The Public (Shakespeare in the Park): Troilus and Cressida, The Merchant of Venice, The Winter's Tale, Much Ado About Nothing. Broadway: Cabaret, Brooklyn Boy. Off-Broadway: Angels in America, Water by the Spoonful, The Orphans' Home Cycle, others. Regional: many. Film: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Small Town Wisconsin (upcoming), I'm Your Woman (upcoming), Pit Stop, others. TV: "Locke & Key" (upcoming), "Little America" (upcoming), "Ray Donovan" (upcoming), "The Alienist,” others. Training: University of Evansville, NYU Grad Acting.

Bill Heck will be replacing Michael Urie as Gregor Bazwald beginning December 14.

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Nikki M. James

(Agnes Eggling). The Public: Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar. Broadway: The Book of Mormon (Tony Award), Les Misérables, All Shook Up, Tom Sawyer. Additional theatre credits: Romeo and Juliet, Caesar & Cleopatra, Preludes, Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, The Wiz, Bernarda Alba, Wonderful Town. Select film/TV: Lucky Stiff, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, “Braindead,” “Proven Innocent,” “The Good Wife,” “30 Rock.”

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Crystal Lucas-Perry

(Zillah). The Public: Ain’t No Mo’ (2019 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Featured Actress). Off-Broadway: Bull in a China Shop (Lincoln Center), Little Children Dream of God (Roundabout), Witness, Bastard Jones, The Convent of Pleasure. Regional: Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew (Chicago Shakespeare); A Streetcar Named Desire, Far From Heaven (Williamstown Theatre Festival). TV/film: “The Last O.G.” (TBS), Never Can Say Goodbye, Mimesis Nosferatu, Frank and Azalee Austin (Craft Acting Award). MFA: NYU Tisch Graduate Acting. crystallucasperry.com @crystallucasperry

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Nadine Malouf

(Rosa Malek). Off-Broadway: Dead Are My People (Next Door at NYTW); Intractable Woman, Oh My Sweet Land (The Play Company); queens, The Who & The What (LCT3); Today Is My Birthday, Ultimate Beauty Bible (Page 73). Regional: Yerma (Huntington); A Thousand Splendid Suns (The Old Globe/American Conservatory Theater/Theatre Calgary); Salomé (Shakespeare Theatre Company). Television/film: “High Fidelity,” “High Maintenance,” “The Looming Tower,” The Volunteers, May in the Summer. Malouf was awarded the Lincoln Center Theater’s 2019 Emerging Artist Award.

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Mark Margolis

(Gottfried Swetts). Broadway: Infidel Caesar, The World of Sholom Aleichem. The Public: My Uncle Sam, The Golem. Regional: The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism… (Berkeley Rep). Television: “Better Call Saul,” “Breaking Bad” (Emmy nomination), “The Affair,” “Gotham,” “American Horror Story: Asylum,” “Oz,” “Californication.” More than 70 films including Noah, The Wrestler, Defiance, Gone Baby Gone, Re quiem for a Dream, The Tailor of Panama, Pi, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Scarface. Student of Stella Adler.

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Estelle Parsons

(Die Älte). The Public: Miss Margarida’s Way, Peer Gynt, Orgasmo Adulto Escapes From the Zoo; director of Joseph Papp’s Shakespeare on Broadway. Broadway: Miss Margarida’s Way, August: Osage County, And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little, The Seven Descents of Myrtle and more. Tours: Miss Margarida’s Way, August: Osage County, The Threepenny Opera with Lotte Lenya. Film: Bonnie and Clyde; Rachel, Rachel; Watermelon Man; Diane; and more. TV: “The Conners,” “Roseanne,” “All in the Family” and more. Regional: many. The Actors Studio. Four lifetime achievement awards, Theater Hall of Fame.

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Danielle Skraastad

(u/s Annabella Gotchling/Die Älte). The Public: iHo, In The Wake. Broadway: All My Sons. Off-Broadway: Hurricane Diane (NYTW/WP); Havel: The Passion of Thought (PTP, Atlantic); The Slow Room (Performance Space NY); Homebody (Ancram Opera House); The Moundbuilders (Signature); The Pain and the Itch (Playwrights Horizons); The Architecture of Becoming (WP); Big Times (WET); Baby Screams Miracle (Clubbed Thumb); Lidless (Page 73); etc. Regional: Studio, Premiere Stages, Two River, McCarter, Old Globe, Wilma, Actor's Theater Louisville. Upcoming: Paris (Atlantic). Training: CGCC.

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Michael Urie

(Gregor Bazwald). NY theatre: Torch Song, Buyer & Cellar (Drama Desk, Clarence Derwent, Lucille Lortel, LA Drama Critics awards); The Government Inspector; Homos, Or Everyone in America (Obie Award); Shows for Days; The Cherry Orchard; How to Succeed…; Angels in America; The Tempermentals (Lortel, Drama Desk, Theatre World awards). Film: Lavender, He’s Way More Famous Than You, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, The Hyperglot. TV: “The Good Fight,” “Younger,” “Modern Family,” “The Good Wife,” “Ugly Betty.” Training: Juilliard.

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Kerry Warren

(u/s Paulinka Erdnuss, Agnes Eggling, Zillah, Rosa Malek, Emil Traum). Her credits include Broadway: The River. The Public: Much Ado About Nothing (Mobile Unit). Off-Broadway: Life Sucks (Theatre Row), This Is How It Ends (59E59). Regional: Romeo and Juliet (Dallas Theater Center), The Tempest (Pittsburgh Public), Office Hour (Berkeley Rep & Long Wharf), The Originalist (Arena Stage), Twelfth Night (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival). TV: “Broad City,” “New Amsterdam.” Film: The Surrogate (upcoming). Training: Juilliard.

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Max Woertendyke

(Emil Traum). The Public: Illyria, Romeo and Juliet. Broadway: Ivo van Hove’s A View From the Bridge. Regional: world premiere of Ken Lin’s Kleptocracy (Arena Stage), The Invisible Hand (CPH), Oslo (Pioneer), Frankenstein (DCPA), The Philadelphia Story (CTC). Television: “Succession” (HBO), “Longmire” (Netflix). Woertendyke is a graduate of The Juilliard School of Drama, the recipient of their Career Advancement Fellowship Award and producer of the upcoming feature film Interstate.


Tony Kushner
Oskar Eustis
David Rockwell
Scenic Design
Susan Hilferty
Co-Costume Design
Sarita Fellows
Co-Costume Design
John Torres
Lighting Design
Bray Poor
Sound Design
Lucy Mackinnon
Projection Design
Tom Watson
Wigs, Hair & Make-Up Design
Buzz Cohen
Production Stage Manager
John Bantay
Assistant Stage Manager




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