Casting update announced for STRAIGHT LINE CRAZY at The Bridge
Alisha Bailey (Mariah Heller), Samuel Barnett (Ariel Porter), David Bromley (Stamford Fergus), Al Coppola (Walter McQuade), Siobhán Cullen (Finnuala Connell), Ian Kirkby (Lewis Mumford), Alana Maria (Shirley Hayes), Dani Moseley (Carol Ames), Guy Paul (Henry Vanderbilt), Helen Schlesinger (Jane Jacobs), Mary Stillwaggon Stewart (Nicole Sawyer) and Danny Webb (Governor Al Smith).
Directed by Nicholas Hytner at The Bridge, performances run from March 16 to June 18, 2022 with an opening night on March 23, 2022. Designs are by Bob Crowley with lighting by Jessica Hung Han Yun, sound by George Dennis and music by George Fenton. Straight Line Crazy reunites Fiennes, Hare and Hytner who previously collaborated on Beat the Devil at The Bridge in fall 2020.
Ralph Fiennes stars in David Hare’s flamboyant tale of the life of a man whose iron will exposed democracy’s weakness in the face of charismatic conviction. For forty uninterrupted years, Robert Moses was New York’s most powerful man. Although he was never elected, he manipulated those who were through a mixture of trickery, charm and intimidation. Motivated at first by a desire to improve the lives of working people in New York, he created new parks, new bridges and 627 miles of freeway to connect people to the great outdoors. But in the 1950s grassroots citizen groups began to organize against his plans and against the automobile, campaigning for a very different idea of what a city was and should be. .
Ralph Fiennes has enjoyed a long career in theatre, film and television as well as in film production and direction. He was last on stage at The Bridge in David Hare’s Beat the Devil, directed by Nicholas Hytner, and recently toured in The Four Quartets which also had a West End tour. Fiennes was previously directed by Hytner as Edmund in King Lear for the Royal Shakespeare Company. His many other theater credits include Hamlet, Ivanov, Richard II and Coriolanus for the Almeida, Antony and Cleopatra, The Master Builder, God of Carnage and Faith Healer. His many films include Schindler’s List, The English Patient, The Constant Gardener, The Grand Budapest Hotel and roles as Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter films and M in Skyfall and Spectre. He has also directed three feature films – Coriolanus, The Invisible Woman and The White Crow. Fiennes’ more recent films include The King’s Man, The Dig and The Forgiven.
Alisha Bailey was last on stage in The Twilight Zone for Almeida Theater and West End. Her previous credits include 4 Women for Loud Talkin’, A Raisin in the Sun for Sheffield Theatres, Paradise Street for the Tricycle Theatre, Mouthful at the Trafalgar Studios, Moon on a Rainbow Shawl for the National Theatre, The Serpent’s Tooth for the Almeida Theatre. . and Powder Monkey for the Manchester Royal Exchange. On television, her credits include Park Bench Plays, Grace, I Am…Victoria, Chewing Gum, Save Me, Save Me Too and Call the Midwife. In film, his credits include Backdraft 2 and I Give It a Year.
Samuel Barnett was last at The Bridge in Allelujah! directed by Nicholas Hytner who also directed him in His Dark Materials and The History Boys for the National Theater and Broadway as well as the feature films The Lady in the Van and The History Boys. Her other theater credits include Kiss of the Spiderwoman and Dealer’s Choice for the Menier Chocolate Factory, An Oak Tree, The Beaux Stratagem and Women Beware Women for the National Theatre, Richard III and Twelfth Night for The Globe Theater and Broadway, The Way of the World for Sheffield Theatres, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and The Accrington Pals for Chichester Festival Theater and The Marriage of Figaro for Manchester Royal Exchange. His TV credits include Four Lives, The Amazing Mr Blunden, The Prince, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Penny Dreadful, Endeavour, Not Safe For Work, Twenty Twelve, Beautiful People, Desperate Romantics and John Adams. Her other film credits include Jupiter Ascending, Bright Star and Mrs Henderson Presents.
David Bromley’s theater credits include No Villain for Old Red Lion and Trafalgar studios and 1938 – Hitler Takes Vienna, Without Reluctance and Without Relief and Boris Godunov, all for Ballast Theater Company. His TV credits include Harlots, Doctors and The Tunnel, and his film credits include Tolkien, How to Stop a Recurring Dream, Poor Thing and Holmes and Watson.
Al Coppola has previously been seen at The Bridge in Bach & Sons. His other theater credits include The Importance of Being Earnest for the Barn Theatre, Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Split Second Productions, and Sonnet Walk, Journey’s End and Macbeth for Guildford Shakespeare Company. His TV credits include Holby City.
Siobhán Cullen’s theater credits include Once Upon a Bridge, The Cherry Orchard, Richard III, Crestfall and The Only Woman Who Plays Boland: Journey of a Poet, all for Druid Theater Company, Galway. On television, his credits include The Dry, Origin, The Long Call and Paula. His movie credits include The Bright Side.
Ian Kirkby’s theater credits include Touched for Nottingham Playhouse, Two Gentlemen of Verona for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Peaches for the Royal Court and Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Arsenic & Old Lace, Dancing at Lunaghsa, The Caretaker, The Recruiting Officer and The Crucible. , all for the Mercury Theatre, Colchester. On television, his credits include Swashbuckle, Crackerjack, Diddy TV, Hoopla, Pete Versus Life and The Slammer. Her movie credits include My Last Five Girlfriends and National Treasure 2 – Book of Secrets.
Alana Maria left Detroit for England in the late 90s and began performing in various West End tours and productions including The Blues Brothers, 125th Street and Dancing in the Streets. His other theater credits include Golden Boy for the Greenwich Theatre, Little Fish for the Finborough Theater and The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea for The Watermill. In addition to acting for stage and screen, her voice can be heard on audiobooks and in numerous video games. She recently filmed a new series, Mechanical for a major streaming platform, as well as Avenue 5 and Doctor Who.
Dani Moseley’s theater credits include Somebody for Power Play Theater at the Pleasance for the Edinburgh Fringe, Secret Cinema’s Casino Royale in London and Shanghai, Freefall for The Bunker Theatre, A View of Her Own Beauty for Writers Avenue, Rivers of London for Look Left Look Right/City Read, Nice Jumper and Three Women in a Music Box for Waterloo East Theatre, The Bird Woman of Lewisham for The Arcola Theater and The Forty Elephants for The Albany Theatre. His TV credits include Dreaming Whilst Black, Brothers with No Game Series 1-3, Which is Witch, Gates, EastEnders and Doctors. In film, his credits include The Devil Went Down to Islington and Finish Line.
Guy Paul’s London theater credits include Death of a Salesman with Anthony Sher for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Boa for Trafalgar Studios. His US theater credits include Mary Stuart, King Lear, The Invention of Love, The King and I, Twelve Angry Men and 1776, all on Broadway; Stuff Happens for The Public Theatre, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol for the Geva Theater Company and How the Grinch Stole Christmas for The Globe Theatre, San Diego. On television, his credits include Patrick Melrose, Father Brown, Black Sails, Life on Mars, The Sopranos and Law and Order. His film credits include The Sense of an Ending, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Fifth Estate, Hyde Park on Hudson and the upcoming Indiana Jones 5.
Helen Schlesinger’s most recent theater credits include Henry V, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 and Hamlet all for Shakespeare’s Globe, Albion for the Almeida Theatre, Boys Will be Boys for the Bush, Frozen for the Park Theatre, Single Spies for the Rose Theatre, Coriolanus for the Donmar Warehouse, Bracken Moor for the Tricycle Theater and Fireface for the Young Vic. His TV credits include Midsomer Murders, Lewis, Merlin, The Hour and Nativity. In film, his credits include Dirty War, Persuasion and 24 Hour Party People.
Mary Stillwaggon Stewart’s UK theater credits include An Enemy of the People for Union Theatre, The Protégé Glass for Park Theatre, The Remains for Canal Cafe Theatre, The Fat Man’s Wife for Albany Theatre, Don Loco for Tristan Bates Theater and Sleeping Beauty for Kenton Theatre. Her New York theater credits include Machinal for Lincoln Center Lab, Ivanov and Love’s Labour’s Lost for Circle in the Square, Bender Gender Straight and Neutered for the Transport Group, Alcestis and Five Women Waiting for Manhattan Theater Source, and Dear Brutus for Wings Theater. . His television and film credits include The Crown, Berlin Station, The Amazing World of Gumball and Boardwalk Empire.
Danny Webb’s theater credits include King Lear opposite Ian McKellen at Duke of York’s Theatre, Welcome Home, Captain Fox! for the Donmar Warehouse and The Seagull, directed by Matthew Dunster, for Regent’s Park Open Air. Webb reprises the role of John Ripper in Pennyworth’s second series. His other TV credits include The City & The City, SS-GB, Liar, The Halcyon and Humans. His film credits include The Dig and A Little Chaos.
David Hare is one of the UK’s most prolific and acclaimed writers, having written extensively for stage, television and film. He is the author of more than 30 plays, his first, Slag, was produced in 1970. Hare is the winner of several international awards, including a BAFTA for Licking Hitler, an Olivier Award and a Critics’ Circle Award for Racing Demon, an Evening Standard Drama Award for Pravda and a Tony Award for Skylight. He is also a two-time Oscar nominee for The Hours and The Reader and was knighted in 1998.
For the Bridge Theatre, Nicholas Hytner has directed Young Marx, Julius Caesar, Allelujah!, Alys, Always, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Two Ladies, Beat the Devil, The Shrine, Bed Among the Lentils, A Christmas Carol, Bach & Sounds and The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage. In June he will direct Alex Jennings in Stephen Beresford’s The Southbury Child at the Chichester Festival Theater and The Bridge. Previously, he was director of the National Theater from 2003 to 2015.