The American premiere of The Nap, a play by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors), has found its initial cast. Set to open at Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Thursday, September 27, 2018, with direction by Daniel Sullivan (Rabbit Hole, Proof), the production will be presented by Manhattan Theatre Club.
The cast of The Nap will feature Alexandra Billings (TV’s Transparent and Goliath, recipient of the HRC Visibility Award), Tony Award nominee John Ellison Conlee (Murder Ballad, The Full Monty, TV’s Boardwalk Empire), two-time Tony Award nominee Johanna Day (Proof, Sweat, TV’s Madam Secretary), four-time and current 2018 United States National Snooker Champion Ahmed Aly Elsayed, Heather Lind (Incognito, Othello), Max Gordon Moore (Saint Joan, Indecent), Bhavesh Patel (Present Laughter, War Horse), Thomas Jay Ryan (The Crucible, In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), and Ben Schnetzer (Sticks and Bones, Pride, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan). Additional cast members will be announced at a later date.
“The Nap is a very funny look at the world of snooker – the British version of pool. Dylan Spokes (Ben Schnetzer), a fast-rising young star arrives for a championship tournament only to be confronted by the authorities warning him of the repercussions of match-fixing. Before he knows it, Dylan’s forced into underhanded dealings with a cast of wildly colorful characters that include his ex-convict dad (John Ellison Conlee), saucy mum (Johanna Day), quick-tongued manager (Max Gordon Moore) and a renowned gangster (Alexandra Billings), to boot. It’s a fast-paced comedy thriller where, in an exciting twist, the tournament unfolds live on stage.”
Scenic design for The Nap will be by David Rockwell, with Kaye Voyce providing costume design and Justin Townsend helming the lighting design. Lindsay Jones will be the production’s sound designer, Anne Ford-Coates will supply hair and make-up design, Ben Furey will serve as dialect coach, and Thomas Schall will be The Nap’s fight director.
Manhattan Theatre Club is under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer, Barry Grove.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.