Playwright Douglas Carter Beane will be back on the boards this fall with a new play, Fairycakes, running Off-Broadway at the Greenwich House Theater from October 14 through January 2, 2022.
Beane will direct the cast of some of today’s greatest comedic actors, including (in order of appearance), Mo Rocca (“CBS Sunday Morning,” Spelling Bee), Alfie Fuller (BLKS), Jackie Hoffman (Xanadu, Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish), Kuhoo Verma (Hulu’s “Plan B,” Octet), Ann Harada (Avenue Q), Jamen Nanthakumar (The Kill One Race), Julie Halston (Tootsie, The Divine Sister), Brooks Ashmanskas (The Prom) and Jason Tam (Be More Chill, Lysistrata Jones). Additional casting will be announced soon.
Described as an “uproarious clash of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and old-world fairy tales,” one night in the woods, puckish mischief leads to mismatched lovers from across all your favorite stories. And what begins as love at first sprite grows into something more as the feelings from one midsummer night carry over to the bright light of day.
“After this last year and a half, I wanted to create a show with characters learning to get along with one another, characters finding connections, characters owning their mistakes, trying to be better, and forgiving others for their failings,” says Beane. “And finally, after this time away from it, I wanted to be in a theater and laugh with a bunch of strangers, to be with this cast of five-star comedians, me writing as funny as I can in the Greenwich House Theater, my theatrical home.”
Fairycakes is the first production of the new season to work in allyship with Broadway for Racial Justice (www.bfrj.com) on creating a safe, equitable space for artists and audiences alike.