The Donmar Warehouse announces full casting for the UK premiere of Teddy Ferrara, Christopher Shinn’s insightful and revealing play, inspired by real events, explores society’s uncomfortable embrace of the outsider. Dominic Cooke will direct his first theatre production since leaving the Royal Court in 2013, with a full cast featuring Nancy Crane, Griffyn Gilligan, Nick Harris, Christopher Imbrosciano, Oliver Johnstone, Kadiff Kirwan, Ryan McParland, Matthew Marsh, Anjli Mohindra, Luke Newberry, Pamela Nomvete, Abubakar Salim and Nathan Wiley.
It’s Gabe’s senior year and he’s going to make the most of it. He’s the chair of the LGBT Students Group, and he has one eye on a future in politics and one eye on Drew, the editor of the university newspaper. But as Gabe and his friends throw themselves into campus life, unexpected events reveal a darker, lonelier world inhabited by a freshman called Teddy Ferrara.
Christopher Shinn (Writer) makes his Donmar debut with Teddy Ferrara. He has previously collaborated with Dominic Cooke on his plays Now or Later and Other People, both at the Royal Court. His other plays include Picked, Dying City, On the Mountain, What Didn’t Happen, Where Do We Live, The Coming World and Four. His adaptation of Hedda Gabler premiered at the Roundabout Theatre on Broadway.
Dominic Cooke (Director) was Artistic Director of the Royal Court from 2007 to 2013. His credits at the Royal Court include Now or Later and Other People both by Christopher Shinn, as well as The Low Road, In the Republic of Happiness, Ding Dong the Wicked, Choir Boy, In Basildon, Chicken Soup with Barley, for which he was nominated for an Evening Standard Award, and the multi award-winning production of Clybourne Park for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award. Credits elsewhere include The Comedy of Errors at the National Theatre, and for the RSC Arabian Nights, which he also adapted, Noughts and Crosses and The Crucible, for which he won the 2007 Olivier Award for Best Director.
Nancy Crane (Provost) is making her Donmar debut in Teddy Ferrara. Nancy previously appeared in Christopher Shinn’s play Now or Later at the Royal Court, directed by Dominic Cooke. Other recent theatre credits include Next Fall (Southwark Playhouse), Chimerica (Almeida), Vieux Carré (King’s Head), The Children’s Hour (Comedy), Design for Living (Old Vic), Love the Sinner, Angels in America (National), The Sweetest Swing in Baseball and The Strip (Royal Court), Dis-Orientations and Re-Orientations (Border Crossing/Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre), Chains of Dew and Trifles (Orange Tree), The Girl in the Goldfish Bowl and Six Degrees of Separation (Crucible, Sheffield), Habitat (Royal Exchange, Manchester) and Absolution (Battersea Arts Centre). Film credits include Batman: The Dark Knight and The Machinist, and for television Nancy has appeared in Doctors and Law and Order UK.
Griffyn Gilligan (Jaq) makes his Donmar debut in Teddy Ferrara. Recent theatre performances include Ponyboy Curtis (The Yard).
Nick Harris (Campus Policeman) makes his professional stage debut in Teddy Ferrara.
Christopher Imbrosciano (Jay) makes his Donmar debut in Teddy Ferrara. Christopher was in the original 2013 production of Teddy Ferrara in at the Goodman Theater, Chicago. His theatre credits include Romeo & Juliet, (Williamstown Theatre Festival) and Inside/Out…Voices from the Disability Community and Category Five (Kennedy Center). Other theatre credits include The Cripple of Innishmaan (John Drew, Guild Hall), Rock Doves (Adrienne, Philadelphia) and An Unexpected Guest (Harold Clurman, New York). Television credits include What Would You Do? and The Good Wife.
Oliver Johnstone (Drew) makes his Donmar debut in Teddy Ferrara. Most recently Oliver starred as Giovanni Rossi Lomanitz in Oppenheimer at the RSC. Previous to that, Oliver appeared in Spring Awakening (Headlong Tour/West Yorkshire Playhouse), Another Country (Chichester Festival) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). Television credits include Inspector George Gently, The Syndicate, Little Crackers, Lewis and Whitechapel 3. Film credits include The Inbetweeners 2 and Skyfall.
Kadiff Kirwan (Nicky) returns to the Donmar stage having previously appeared in Josie Rourke’s productions of The Vote and City of Angels. Other theatre credits include Home (National), Jesus Christ Superstar (UK and Australian Tour) and Sister Act (UK Tour). Television credits include Crims and Call the Midwife.
Ryan McParland (Teddy) is making his Donmar debut in Teddy Ferrara. For the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, Ryan has appeared in How Many Miles to Babylon? and The Civilisation Game. Other theatre credits include Hold your Tongue Hold your Dead (Semel Theatre, Boston), Drum Belly (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), Born Again (Collonade Theatre) and Summertime (The Mac, Belfast). Ryan’s television credits include the BBC series Six Degrees and Coming Up – Spoof or Die for Channel 4. Film credits include Good Vibrations, Tale of Tales and The Survivalist.
Matthew Marsh (President) returns to the Donmar in Teddy Ferrara after appearing in The Little Foxes directed by Marianne Elliot in 2001. Matthew previously appeared in Christopher Shinn’s play Now or Later at the Royal Court, directed by Dominic Cooke. For the National Theatre, Matthew has appeared in The Last of the Haussmans, Blood and Gifts, The Overwhelming (with Out of Joint) and Copenhagen (also West End). Other theatre credits include A Human Being Died That Night (also BAM New York) and No Naughty Bits (Hampstead), Glengarry Glen Ross (Apollo), The Shawl (Arcola), This Isn’t Romance (Soho), Bingo and A Prayer for my Daughter (Young Vic), The Lightning Play, Conversations After a Burial and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (Almeida), The Exonerated (Riverside Studios), A Buyer’s Market (Bush), Us and Them. Television credits include The Thick of It, Lead Balloon, New Tricks, Luther, Law and Order, Spooks and Hotel Babylon. His film credits include The Iron Lady, In Clear Sight, The Special Relationship, An American Haunting and the BBC’s Hawking with Benedict Cumberbatch.
Anjli Mohindra (Jenny) makes her Donmar debut in Teddy Ferrara. Recent theatre credits include Dara and Behind the Beautiful Forevers (National), The Importance of Being Earnest, Twelfth Night, Scary Play and The Sound of Musicians (Nottingham Playhouse), East is East (Birmingham Rep), Starcross’d (Oldham Coliseum). Television credits include Cucumber, The Missing, Beaver Falls, The Inbetweeners and Coronation Street. Film credits include Miss You Already and The Prince of Dreams.
Luke Newberry (Gabe) makes his Donmar debut in Teddy Ferrara. His theatre credits include Antigone (National), A Little Hotel on the Side (Theatre Royal, Bath), The Secret Garden (Aldwych) and The Aliens (Trafalgar Studios). Television credits include Lightfields, From Darkness, Banana and In the Flesh, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA Leading Actor Award. Film credits include The Legend of Hercules, Slapper & Me, Quartet and Anna Karenina.
Pamela Nomvete (Ellen) makes her Donmar debut in Teddy Ferrara. Pamela previously appeared in Christopher Shinn’s play Now or Later at the Royal Court, directed by Dominic Cooke. Other theatre credits include Belong, Truth and Reconciliation, and Marching for Fausa (Royal Court), Comedy of Errors, Welcome to Thebes, Racing Demon and Fuente Ovejuna (National), Archbishop and the Antichrist (Soho), Twelfth Night (RSC), Talking in Tongues (Lyric Hammersmith) and Sanctuary (Joint Stock). Pamela has also appeared in several South African productions including Raisin in the Sun (Durban Playhouse), The Good Woman of Sharkville and Nothing But The Truth (Market Theatre). Film credits include Man in the Street, The Special Relationship and Zulu Love Letter. Television credits include Coronation Street, Lewis, Crossroads and EastEnders.
Abubakar Salim (Campus Policeman) makes his Donmar debut in Teddy Ferrara. Theatre credits include Sense of an Ending (Theatre 503) and Prince of Denmark (National). Abubakar’s television credits include Spotless, 24: Live Another Day, Agatha Raisin and The Jury II.
Nathan Wiley (Tim) makes his Donmar debut in Teddy Ferrara. Theatre credits include Arrows, The Day Room and The Rabbit Hole (Fairfield Theatre Company), The Glass Menagerie (Bolton Octagon). Nathan’s television credits include JFK and Bert & Dickie, and his film credits include Red 2 and Jack Ryan.
Griffyn Gilligan and Christopher Imbrosciano are appearing with the permission of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity.
Director: Dominic Cooke
Designer: Hildegard Bechtler
Lighting Designer: Paule Constable
Sound Designer: Carolyn Downing
Cast includes: Nancy Crane, Griffyn Gilligan, Nick Harris, Christopher Imbrosciano, Oliver Johnstone, Kadiff Kirwan, Ryan McParland, Matthew Marsh, Anjli Mohindra, Luke Newberry, Pamela Nomvete, Abubakar Salim, and Nathan Wiley
Production Supporters: John Browne & Nghi Nguyen, Ian & Carol Sellars, Kathleen J Yoh
DONMAR WAREHOUSE LISTINGS
TEDDY FERRARA by Christopher Shinn
1 October – 5 December 2015
Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London WC2H 9LX
Thursday 3rd September 2015