Ralph Fiennes Will Star in U.S. Premiere of STRAIGHT LINE CRAZY 

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Ralph Fiennes in Straight Line Crazy | Photo: Manuel Harlan

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Dan Meyer
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Tony winner Ralph Fiennes will return to the stage in New York City this year in the U.S. premiere of David Hare’s Straight Line Crazy. Performances will begin October 18 at The Shed’s Griffin Theater with an opening night set for October 26.

The play explores famed NYC public official Robert Moses’s controversial career, including his rise to power in the 1920’s and his fall from grace in the ‘50s. Joining Fiennes in the cast are David Bromley as Stamford Fergus, Alana Maria as Shirley Hayes, Guy Paul as Henry Vanderbilt, Judith Roddy as Finnuala Connell, Helen Schlesinger as Jane Jacobs, Mary Stillwaggon Stewart as Nicole Savage, and Danny Webb as Governor Al Smith. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

“When I first read Straight Line Crazy, I was compelled by its provocation, humor, and, of course, by the portrayal of Robert Moses,” said Fiennes. “It seemed its natural home was NYC and now—thanks to The Shed—the play can be seen there. I’m excited. It’s a New York play—that’s simply what it is.”

“I am very excited to bring Robert Moses home. We had a great educational run in London at The Bridge Theatre where few of the audience had heard of him. But it will be fascinating to bring this controversial figure back to the city, and to the state, on which he left such a lasting mark,” added Hare.

The production, which transfers from playing an engagement at The Bridge Theatre in London earlier this year, is co-directed by Nicholas Hytner and Jamie Armitage. The creative team features set and costume designer Bob Crowley, lighting designer Jessica Hung Han Yun, sound designer George Dennis, music composer George Fenton, associate designer Jaimie Todd, and production stage manager Cynthia Cahill, with casting by Robert Sterne.

In addition to performances, The Shed will produce a series of conversations about the legacy of Robert Moses and his continued impact on NYC, with more details to be revealed.

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Dan Meyer

Dan joins Theatrely after previously serving as an Assistant Editor at Playbill. His favorite musicals are fast, historical, and witty, like Six, Cabaret, and Sweeney Todd. He likes his plays dark and funny.

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