Nancy Robinette, among Washington’s most honored and in-demand actresses, departs for Broadway to appear in one of Broadway’s biggest hits, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Robinette will be playing the role of Mrs. Alexander, replacing Helen Carey, who has been in the Broadway cast since its 2014 New York opening.
A multiple Helen Hayes nominee and three time recipient, whom Christopher Henley called “the Meryl Streep of Washington theatre,” moves easily from period roles such as those handed to her by Shakespeare Theatre, to contemporary comedies and dramas. Most recently she played Madame Arcati in Everyman’s Blythe Spirit and, in 2014, gave us a definitive and unforgettable Winnie in SCENA’s Happy Days.
Also joining the cast will be DC actor Andrew Long in the role of Ed. Both will make their first appearances at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on September 15th.
The Curious Incident is the story of a boy with autism who discovers a dog dead on the street and who sets out to find its killer. DCTS writer Richard Seff, joining the nearly unanimous critical acclaim, called it “a stunning triumph”.
The play, adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel by Tony Award winner Simon Stephens, debuted in 2012 at National Theatre’s Cottesloe Theatre, transferred to London’s West End, where it received seven 2013 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, and continues to play to packed houses at the Gielgud Theatre and on a tour of the UK and Ireland.
The Broadway production opened in October, 2014, and won five Tony Awards including Best Play, six Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Play, five Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding Production of a Broadway Play, and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or off-Broadway Play.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is onstage at the Barrymore Theatre, 243 West 47th Street (between Broadway and 8th Ave.)
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mike Matichich says
Curious that Nancy is leaving the Ford theater production of a Glass Menagerie if she is not debuting in NYC until September 15.