Stage, screen, and television star Victor Garber stars as aging matinee idol Garry Essendine in one of Noël Coward's funniest and most delightful comedies. Devastatingly handsome and thoroughly charming, Garry lives his life like it's one grand performance. But on the eve of a major tour, things fall apart in hysterical fashion as he juggles old flames, a crazed playwright, and (gasp!) middle age. Nicholas Martin, the Huntington's own master of laughter, directs.
Go behind the scenes with Victor Garber, director Nicholas Martin, and the hilarious cast of the Huntington Theatre Company's production of Noël Coward's Present Laughter.
Nancy E. Carroll has appeared in The Seagull, Rapture, Blister, Burn, Good People, The Luck of the Irish, Prelude to a Kiss, Brendan, The Rose Tattoo, and Dead End at the Huntington. She reprised her Huntington role of Miss Erickson in Present Laughter on Broadway for the Roundabout Theatre Company.
Brooks Ashmanskas previously appeared at the Huntington in God of Carnage, She Loves Me, Present Laughter (IRNE Award), and Amphitryon. He appeared on Broadway in Promises, Promises; Present Laughter; The Ritz; Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me (Tony Award nomination); The Producers; Gypsy; Little Me; Dream; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; and On the Twentieth Century.
Marc Vietor previously appeared in The Seagull, She Loves Me, and Present Laughter at the Huntington. His New York credits that include Present Laughter and The Molière Comedies (Roundabout Theatre Company), Edward II and The Revenger’s Tragedy (Red Bull Theater), Grey Gardens (Playwrights Horizons), King John, The Jew of Malta, and The Merchant Of Venice (Theatre for a New Audience), and more. He is a charter member of Red Bull Theater and a graduate of Yale University and The Juilliard School.
Noël Coward was an English playwright composer, director, actor, and singer known for his wit and what Time Magazine called “a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, posh and poise.”
Nicholas Martin (June 10, 1938 — April 30, 2014) served as artistic director of the Huntington from 2000 through 2008, where he directed Bus Stop, The Corn Is Green, She Loves Me, Present Laughter, Persephone, The Cherry Orchard, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Sisters Rosensweig (IRNE Award, Best Director), Laughing Wild, The Rivals (IRNE Award, Best Director), Sonia Flew (IRNE Awards, Best Play and Best Director), and more. His Broadway credits include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Present Laughter, Butley, Match, Hedda Gabler, and The Rehearsal.
Alexander Dodge previously designed Smart People, Rapture, Blister, Burn, Good People, The Miracle at Naples, Boleros for the Disenchanted, Brendan, Present Laughter, and more at the Huntington. His Broadway credits include Present Laughter (Tony Award nomination), Old Acquaintance, Butley, and Hedda Gabler. He is the recipient of two Elliot Norton Awards, three IRNE Awards, and a Connecticut Critics Circle Award, and received his training from Yale University.
Mariann Verheyen has designed for the Huntington since its premiere season. Her most recent credits include Fences and Present Laughter (IRNE Award).
Rui Rita previously designed The Miracle At Naples, Present Laughter, The Sisters Rosensweig, The Blue Demon, and Heartbreak House for the Huntington. His Broadway credits include Dividing the Estate, Old Acquaintance, Enchanted April, The Price, and A Thousand Clowns.
Drew Levy has Huntington credits that include The Seagull, Pirates!, The Corn is Green, She Loves Me, Present Laughter, The Cherry Orchard, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Sisters Rosensweig, Burn This, and the world premiere of Sonia Flew. His work on Broadway includes Chaplin, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Present Laughter. He holds an MFA from Boston University.
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