Waiting in the Wings by FELICIA R. LEE September 28, 2009
Julianne Nicholson, perhaps best known as Detective Megan Wheeler on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” has joined the cast of “This,” a new play by Melissa James Gibson, Playwrights Horizons announced Monday. Ms. Nicholson will play the lead in the world premiere of the play, Tim Sanford, the theater’s artistic director, and Leslie Marcus, managing director, said in a statement. Parker Posey had previously been cast in the lead but withdrew last month after she contracted Lyme disease. Also joining the five-member cast is Darren Pettie (“Butley”).
The play, about a widow and her circle of friends, will be directed by Daniel Aukin. Previously announced cast members are Eisa Davis (“Passing Strange”), Glenn Fitzgerald (“Lobby Hero”) and Louis Cancelmi (“Blasted”). Previews begin Nov. 6 and opening night is Dec. 2 in a limited engagement through Dec. 13. ... In other casting news, the British actors Hugh Dancy, Andrea Riseborough and Ben Whishaw will appear in the American premiere production of “The Pride” by Alexi Kaye Campbell, MCC Theater officials announced. A fourth cast member will be announced shortly. Directed by Joe Mantello, performances begin at the Lucille Lortel Theater on Jan. 27 and continue through March 20. Opening night is Feb. 16.