American Theater Company (ATC) announces casting for its world premiere of Bruise Easy by Dan LeFranc, Jan. 8-Feb. 14, 2016, about two estranged siblings who reunite at their childhood home for the conversation of a lifetime. ATC Ensemble Member Kelly O'Sullivan performs the role of Tess, returning after starring in ATC's critically acclaimed world premiere of The Humans last season. Matt Farabee makes his ATC debut performing the role of Alec. The ensemble includes ATC Youth Ensemble Members Matt Gomez-Hidaka, Jenna Makkaway, Michael Sandoval and Leah Schiffman, with Dante Guinazzo, Leslie Lawrence and Sandy Nguyen. Bruise Easy is the first mainstage production in ATC's history to feature Youth Ensemble members among the company.
Directed by Joanie Schultz, Bruise Easy is ATC's second collaboration with Dan LeFranc, a writer on Showtime's 2015 Golden Globe-winning drama The Affair and playwright of ATC's blockbuster world premiere The Big Meal-which went on to an extended off-Broadway run at Playwrights Horizons.
Single tickets for Bruise Easy range from $38-$48 and are available by calling the ATC box office at 773-409-4125, or visiting www.atcweb.org. Subscription packages are also available starting at $105.
"In Bruise Easy, ATC realizes a longtime dream with Ensemble Member Kelly O'Sullivan and Youth Ensemble Members Matt Gomez-Hidaka, Jenna Makkaway, Michael Sandoval and Leah Schiffman appearing together on the mainstage in our Legacy Season," says ATC Interim Artistic Director Bonnie Metzgar.
Last summer, as part of her Princess Grace Foundation Award Theater Fellowship, O'Sullivan directed the ATC Youth Ensemble production of Greensboro: A Requiem by Emily Mann. The production process included traveling with the students to Greensboro, North Carolina, to conduct research and first-person interviews related to the deadly 1979 attack by the KKK and American Nazi Party on a peaceful protest by union organizers.