Public Theater readies NY premiere of “Southern Comfort” with transformative cast

Donnie Cianciotto to join cast of Southern Comfort.

Donnie Cianciotto to join cast of Southern Comfort.

The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) announced complete casting today for the new musical SOUTHERN COMFORT that tells the true story of a group of transgender friends living life on their own terms in the back hills of rural Georgia.

Of special interest is the addition of Donnie Cianciotto and Aneesh Sheth who complete the cast of SOUTHERN COMFORT after an open call to the transgender community and a nationwide search for submissions.

Annette O’Toole and Jeff McCarthy in Southern Comfort in its original run at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA.

Annette O’Toole and Jeff McCarthy in Southern Comfort in its original run at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA.

Based on Kate Davis’ 2001 Sundance Award-winning documentary, SOUTHERN COMFORT is the winner of the prestigious Jonathan Larson Award. The show which was first presented at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield and is an upbeat folk and bluegrass-inspired musical that celebrates the importance of family and choosing love over every obstacle. (Read the Berkshire on Stage review here.)

Directed by Thomas Caruso and based on the film by Kate Davis, SOUTHERN COMFORT features book and lyrics by Dan Collins and music by Julianne Wick Davis, and was conceived for the stage by Robert DuSold and Thomas Caruso. SOUTHERN COMFORT begins previews on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 and will run through Sunday, March 27 in The Public’s Anspacher Theater, with an official press opening on Monday, March 7. Public Theater Member tickets and single tickets are available now.

Annette O’Toole and Jeff McCarthy will reprise their roles as Robert Eads and Lola Cola, respectively, along with Lizzie Hagstedt (Storyteller Musician, Bass); Jeffrey Kuhn (Jackson); Elizabeth Ward Land (Storyteller Musician, Djembe); David M. Lutken (Storyteller Musician, Guitar); Morgan Morse (Musician); Robin Skye (Melanie); and Joel Waggoner (Storyteller Musician, Violin).

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