The Play That Goes Wrong - Performances Resume tomorrow, Friday, October 15 At New World Stages - Stage 4 - AmNews Curtain Raiser


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The Play That Goes Wrong - Performances Resume tomorrow, Friday, October 15 At New World Stages - Stage 4

The producers of the international hit comedy The Play That Goes Wrong are pleased to announce the cast for the New York production, which will resume performances on the Tony Award-winning set at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street) on Friday, October 15, 2021.


The cast of The Play That Goes Wrong will feature Jesse Aaronson as Max, Ryan Vincent Anderson as Trevor, Brent Bateman as Robert, Bartley Booz as Dennis, Matt Harrington as Chris, Ashley N. Hildreth as Annie, Chris Lanceley as Jonathan, and Maggie Weston as Sandra. The cast will also include Damien BrettLaura D’AndreEllie MacPherson, and Sid Solomon.


Co-written by Mischief company members Henry LewisJonathan Sayer, and Henry ShieldsThe Play That Goes Wrong is a riotous comedy about the theatre. The play introduces The ‘Cornley University Drama Society’ who are 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.


The Play That Goes Wrong, directed by Matt DiCarlo, opened at New World Stages – Stage 4 on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. The Play That Goes Wrong features set design by Tony Award Winner Nigel Hook, costume design by Roberto Surace, lighting design by Jeremy Cunningham, and sound design by Beth Lake. The original Broadway production was directed by Mark Bell and featured lighting design by Ric Mountjoy and sound design by Andrew Johnson.


The Broadway production of The Play That Goes Wrong began performances on March 9, 2017, officially opened on April 2, 2017, and concluded its run on Sunday, January 6, 2019, at The Lyceum Theatre. The Broadway production of The Play That Goes Wrong received the 2017 Tony Award for Best Set Design, a Audience Choice Award for Best Play, and the Theater Fans Choice Award for Best Play.


Awarded the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and the 2014 WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Comedy, The Play That Goes Wrong returned to its sixth year at the Duchess Theatre in London’s West End on June 18, 2021, as well as a UK tour commencing in July. The show’s success is a testament to the hard work and determination of a group of drama school graduates who became friends, set up a company under the name “Mischief” and created an extraordinary body of work. The Play That Goes Wrong shows no signs of slowing down since its first performance at a London fringe venue with only four paying customers. Since then, it has played to an audience of over two million people around the world, with productions in over 30 countries.


Mischief was founded in 2008 by graduates of LAMDA. Starting as an improvised theatre group on the UK fringes, they have grown into one of the UK’s leading theatre and comedy companies, winning the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy for The Play That Goes Wrong currently playing in London and New York, touring both the UK and US and licensed around the world. Their latest production Magic Goes Wrong is currently running in the West End until February 2022 and touring the UK. Groan Ups opened in the West End in 2019 and is currently touring the UK. In December 2016, Mischief made their TV debut on the BBC with “Peter Pan Goes Wrong,” which is also a regular holiday fixture on the West End and will be playing Canada in autumn 2022. Mischief Screen has launched series two of the BBC comedy “The Goes Wrong Show” now streaming on BroadwayHD in the US. The company is owned and controlled by its original members and is led by a creative group and its directors Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer.


The Play That Goes Wrong is produced Off-Broadway by Kevin McCollumJ.J. AbramsKenny WaxStage Presence Ltd.Catherine SchreiberKen DavenportFederman-Batchelder / deRoy-BrunishDamian Arnold / TC BeechGreenleaf Productions / Bard-RothMartian Entertainment / Jack Lane / John Yonover and Lucas McMahon.




JESSE AARONSON (Max) (he/him) is thrilled to be returning to the Off-Broadway stage! Other credits: Yen (Raven Theatre) and A Christmas Carol (Drury Lane Theatre). Jesse is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan. His deepest thanks to Justin Picca, Stephen Kopel, and the incredible creative team. All my love to Mom, Dad, Samantha, and Maureen. For Popsie. Instagram/TikTok: @iced__americano


RYAN VINCENT ANDERSON (Trevor) (he/him). Off-Broadway: Scissoring (INTAR), We Live Here (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Bright Swords (United Solo Fest). Regional: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Marin Theatre Company, PCPA, L.A.TheaterWorks, Theatresquared, Independent Shakespeare Company, Portland Center Stage, A Noise Within, Antaeus Theatre Company and others. TV: “Law&OrderSVU”, “The Sinner”, “FBI”, “Godfather of Harlem”, “Scandal”, “General Hospital”, “The Young and the Restless”. Audiobook narration titles can be found on Amazon/Audible. MFA from CalArts.


BRENT BATEMAN (Robert). National tour: Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. Regional: Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Hartford Stage, Theatre Under the Stars, Asolo Repertory Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre by the Sea, Westchester Broadway Theatre, North Carolina Theatre, Triad Stage, Ogunquit Playhouse, Arrow Rock Lyceum, Riverside Theatre. Film/TV: Birdman, Touched With Fire, “Boardwalk Empire,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Good Fight.” MFA, FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. Thanks to Bret Adams Limited. Endless love and gratitude to Katie.


BARTLEY BOOZ (Dennis). Off-Broadway debut! Theatre: For Annie (The Hearth), Park Plays (Queens Theatre), Little League (Kraine Theatre). Film/TV: "The Good Fight(CBS), Happy!” (Syfy), Here and Now (Tribeca FF), TURN: Washington’s Spies” (AMC). BFA Acting CCM University of Cincinnati.


MATT HARRINGTON (Chris). Broadway: Mr. Wormwood in Matilda the Musical, Twelfth Night and Richard III, Harvey. Off-Broadway: Happy Birthday, Wanda June (Wheelhouse Theater Company). Regional: Cape Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Berkshire Theatre Festival, TheatreWorks Palo Alto, Portland Stage, Weston Playhouse, Syracuse Stage. TV: “The Path,” “Instinct,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Bored to Death,” “The Good Wife,” “Gravity.” Matt is a founding member of Wheelhouse Theater Company and is available for audition coaching in NYC. Training: MFA, NYU’s Graduate Acting Program.


ASHLEY N. HILDRETH (Annieis excited to be joining the cast of TPTGW! Her recent credits include Protest, Plans, and Red Velvet Brownies (True Colors Theatre Company); The Wolves (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Or, What She Will (Hangar Theatre). Training: BFA, Texas State University; PTC at The Actors Theatre of Louisville. She would like to thank the TPTGW team, HCKR Agency, and her family and friends for their continued love and support. ashleynhildreth. com, @ashleynhildreth. 1 Peter 4:10


CHRIS LANCELEY (Jonathan). (he/him). Born in Liverpool, England, Chris’ work includes National Tour: The Play That Goes Wrong, Off-Broadway: The Bad and the Better. Off-West End: Henry V, The Band. TV: “FBI,” “Blue Bloods.” Training: American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NYC), National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. Chris would like to extend a HUGE thank you to agent John Shea as well as to his wife Jenny, Dad, Nan, Kim, and Nick. Social Media: @Chris_Lanceley.


MAGGIE WESTON (Sandra) (she/heris over the moon to be back and part of this stellar cast! Reg. credits: It’s a Wonderful Life (Mile Square Theatre), Shear Madness (Southeastern Summer Theatre), Fifty Four Forever (with Tommy Tune), Metamorphoses (The Adrienne Arsht Center). TV: “Happy!,” “Awkwafina...,” “FBI: Most Wanted,” "Law & Order: SVU.” Film: Call Jane. BFA UMiami. Astronomic thanks to Stephen Kopel, the creative team, Mom, Dad, Casey, my godparents, and Gidge. @Ms.MaggieWeston /


DAMIEN BRETT (Understudy) (he/him) is thrilled to be back in Haversham Manor at  New World Stages! Broadway: Kinky Boots. National tours: Kinky Boots (original cast); Billy Elliot. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse (Annie); St. Louis Muny (28 different productions). Television: “Law & Order: SVU," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel." Film: Edward Norton’s Motherless Brooklyn. Favorite roles ever: husband to Briana Valerie and daddy to Olive Rose. Thanks to my amazing family and to Dani Super Management.


LAURA D’ANDRE (Understudy) is thrilled to be reunited with her Wrong family! Broadway national tours: Hair, Grease. Encores!: Annie Get Your Gun, Zorba. Select Regional: Hair (Sacramento Music Circus), Legally Blonde (Ogunquit), Triangle (world premiere, TheatreWorks), Smokey Joe’s Café (Capital Rep). Thank you to the creative team, Stephen Kopel, and Avalon Artists Group. All the love to my family for their support, especially my husband for putting our baby to bed. @lauradandre


ELLIE MacPHERSON (Understudy). Off-Broadway debut! Ellie is also the creator and performer of a one-woman comedic history of the presidents called Happy Birthday Mr. President! BA in History and English from Rutgers, MFA New School for Drama. Endless love and gratitude to the whole PTGW team, my family, and Lucas. @ellmac5.


SID SOLOMON (Understudy) (he/him). National Tour: The Play That Goes Wrong. Off-Broadway: The Acting Company, New York Classical Theatre (Artistic Associate). Regional: Guthrie Theater, Virginia Stage, Riverside Theatre, Northern Stage, Florida Studio, Florida Rep, Florida Stage, Adirondack Theatre, Theatre Raleigh, Mill Mountain, Georgia Shakespeare, Minneapolis’ Children’s Theatre Company, among many others. TV: “Law & Order.” Training: BFA, University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater; LaGuardia Arts High School, New York. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. #1u


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