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Cast Announced for World Premiere of Ken Ludwig’s A Fox on the Fairway

Headlined by Broadway’s Jeff McCarthy and Helen Hayes Award winners Holly Twyford and Andrew Long; directed by Tony Award® Winner John Rando

Virginia’s Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre today announced the full casting for A Fox on the Fairway, the world premiere comedy by DC playwright and Broadway favorite Ken Ludwig (Crazy for You and Lend Me a Tenor), running October 12, 2010 through November 14, 2010. Headlining the production are Broadway’s Jeff McCarthy (Urinetown, Side Show, and The Pirate Queen), and local favorites and Helen Hayes Award winners Holly Twyford (Signature’s The Little Dog Laughed and Twentieth Century, and Studio Theatre’s The Shape of Things) and Andrew Long (Signature’s I Am My Own Wife and My Fair Lady, and Studio Theatre’s Frozen).

The world premiere will be directed by Broadway’s Tony Award-winning John Rando (Urinetown). Working with Rando on the creative team are James Kronzer (sets), Colin K. Bills (lights), Kathleen Geldard (costumes), and Matt Rowe (sound).

The cast is rounded out by Aubrey Deeker, Valerie Leonard and Meg Steedle.

Signature Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer stated, “It’s always wonderful to premiere a Washington playwright’s newest work in their hometown. Having Ken Ludwig premiere his zany new comedy with Tony Award® winner John Rando at the helm is an especially welcome treat! With a terrific cast, a rapid-fire plot and the talents of Ken and John, A Fox on the Fairway promises to be filled with plenty of laughs and shenanigans!”

Playwright Ludwig commented, "I couldn't be more thrilled to have the world premiere of my play at Signature Theatre. Their level of artistry and professionalism is always inspiring."

Ludwig’s tribute to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, A Fox on the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it is a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers’ classics.

The New York Times has called Ludwig “one of those rare contemporary playwrights who thinks in terms of old-fashioned knockabout farce, and that’s something to be cherished.”

PERFORMANCE DATES
Performances of Ken Ludwig’s A Fox on the Fairway run from October 12, 2010 to November 14, 2010. Show times are Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30 pm, Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. There are no performances of A Fox on the Fairway on Saturday, October 16 at 2:00 pm, or Tuesday, October 19.

ABOUT SIGNATURE
Recipient of the 2009 Regional Theatre Tony Award, Signature Theatre is a non-profit professional theater company in Arlington, Virginia dedicated to producing contemporary musicals and plays, reinventing classic musicals, and developing new work. Under the leadership of co-founder and Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer and Managing Director Maggie Boland, Signature has presented 28 world premiere productions and is renowned for combining Broadway-quality productions with intimate playing spaces.

In addition to hosting the finest talent from the DC metropolitan area and New York, Signature has been home to such theatre luminaries as Chita Rivera, George Hearn, Hunter Foster, Emily Skinner, Marc Kudisch, Judy Kuhn, John Kander and Fred Ebb, Cameron Mackintosh, Terrence McNally, and the company’s signature composer, Stephen Sondheim. Since its founding in 1989, Signature has won 70 Helen Hayes Awards for excellence in the Washington, DC region’s professional theater and has been honored with 276 nominations.

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