Off-Broadway's The Public Theater has extended the upcoming New York premiere of Mary Kathryn Nagle's Manahatta, with performances now set to run through December 23 at the company's Anspacher Theater. Previews begin November 16 ahead of a December 5 opening night. Director Laurie Woolery is at the helm.
The cast will include Rainbow Dickerson as Toosh-ki-pa-kwis-i and Debra, Elizabeth Frances as Le-le-wa'-you and Jane, David Kelly as Jonas Michaelius and Michael, Jeffrey King as Peter Minuit and Dick, Enrico Nassi as Se-ket-tu-may-qua and Luke, Joe Tapper as Jakob and Joe, and Sheila Tousey as Mother and Bobbie. Jessica Ranville and Rex Young will round out the company as understudies.
Manahatta follows a young Native woman with an MBA who reconnects with her ancestral Lenape homeland after moving from Oklahoma to New York for a banking job in 2008. The piece was written as part of The Public's Emerging Writers Group, and returns to The Public for a full production following earlier runs at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Yale Repertory Theatre.
The production will feature scenic design by Marcelo Martínez García, costume design by Lux Haac, lighting design by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, sound design and composition by Paul James Prendergast, fight and intimacy direction by Kelsey Rainwater, and movement direction by Ty Defoe. Amanda Nita Luke-Sayed will be the production stage manager, and Janelle Caso will be the stage manager. Lenape Center Executive Director and Cofounder Joe Baker is serving as cultural consultant.