A limited engagement of Broadway and West End favorite The Play That Goes Wrong takes the stage at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater July 20, with performances continuing through August 13 at the Washington, D.C. venue. The cast comprises alum from the work's various U.S. productions, with actors hailing from its Broadway, Off-Broadway, touring, and Chicago runs.
The Kennedy Center bow features Bartley Booz as Dennis, Joseph Anthony Byrd as Jonathan, Peyton Crim as Robert, Mara Davi as Sandra, Matt Harrington as Chris, Kai Almeda Heath as Annie, Alex Mandell as Max, and Akron Watson as Trevor. Rounding out the company as standbys are Brett Cassidy, Kullan S. Edberg, and Brandon Haagenson.
'We could not have dreamed of a more enthusiastic response from D.C. audiences during the sold out run of The Play That Goes Wrong in 2018. We are thrilled to return to The Kennedy Center and share the laughter, joy, and Mischief (Theatre) once again,” said producer Kevin McCollum in an earlier statement.
Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields, The Play That Goes Wrong introduces The Cornley University Drama Society, which is attempting to put on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong does as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all odds to get to their final curtain call.
After winning the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy for its West End premiere, The Play That Goes Wrong opened on Broadway in 2017. Following its closing in 2019, the production moved to Off-Broadway's New World Stages, where it continues at Stage 4. The work's follow-up, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, is currently playing its Broadway debut.
The production is directed by Matt DiCarlo with set design by Nigel Hook, lighting design by Jeremy Cunningham, sound design by Beth Lake, and costume design by Roberto Surace. The work is based on the original direction by Mark Bell, original lighting design by Ric Mountjoy, and original sound design by Andrew Johnson.
The D.C. run is produced by Kevin McCollum, J.J. Abrams, Kenny Wax, Stage Presence Ltd., Catherine Schreiber, Ken Davenport, Double Gemini Productions / deRoy-Brunish, Damian Arnold / TC Beech, Greenleaf Productions / Bard-Roth, Martian Entertainment / Jack Lane / John Yonover, and Lucas McMahon.