The Understudy

by Theresa Rebeck
directed by David Kennedy
December 29, 2010January 30, 2011

Something to think about AFTER the holidays

Zach Morris was once in this show...

We hope you got some great Cyber Monday deals (perhaps you took advantage of the $25 deal here at the Wilma?) While I am still not over the fact that it is already December and the second full day of Chanukah, I am totally getting into the holiday spirit. I even found a 4’ ‘holographic’ fiber-optic Christmas tree in my basement that now stands proudly on a table in my sitting room.  It's in extremely poor taste, but it stands as a reminder that for the next month, there will be cocktail parties, cookies, and cards - and at the end of it all, a kiss with a loved one to ring in another new year.

Even after my tacky Christmas tree is put back in its box and placed in the dark closet in the basement, I will have something to look forward to – the Wilma’s upcoming production of The Understudy, Directed by David Kennedy.

This production will mark the first time a play written by Theresa Rebeck will be produced here in Philadelphia…ever.

Just some background on the show, The Understudy premiered at the 2008 Williamstown Theatre Festival and continued with a successful run with the Roundabout Theatre Company at the Laura Pels Theater in New York. Not to drop names or anything, but actors such as Mark-Paul Gosselar, Julie White, Kristen Johnson, Justin Kirk, and Bradley Cooper have all starred in this production. Now, Philadelphia audiences will be able to enjoy The Understudy with a new and extremely talented cast - Brad Coolidge, Jenn Harris, and Cody Nickell - and we are excited to have guest director David Kennedy at the helm.

The Understudy begins previews on Wednesday, December 29, 2010; opens on Wednesday, January 5, 2011; and closes on Sunday, January 30, 2011.

Learn more about the show  and check our blog each week for show updates. Next week, we will introduce the playwright and the actors!

Whether you are lighting a tree or a candle, Happy Holidays!

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