In the Book OfBy John Walch
Two women— Naomi, an army lieutenant, and Anisah, her Afghan translator—lose their husbands in the war.
Once discharged, Naomi brings Anisah home with her to Mississippi, where things begin to unravel. Friendships are thrown into turmoil, families are fractured, and a city-wide political debate ensues. With the threat of deportation looming, everyone must examine the true meaning of family, friendship, and the American Way.
Consistently funny and incredibly moving
Graham Stuart Allen*
GRAHAM STUART ALLEN At FST: Bill, Perfect Wedding. New York: The Deep Throat Sex Scandal; Sitting Pretty; Holiday Cheer on the Broadway Local. Other: Patrick Dennis in Mame; Miss Saigon; Follies; Les Miserables (Maine State Music Theatre). Alabama Shakespeare Festival: Joey Percival, Misalliance; Valentine, Two Gentlemen from Verona; Count Bellair, The Beaux Stratagem. Lysander, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Edinburgh Fringe ) Jerry + Peter, The Zoo Story (Two lights Theatre), Robbie Fay, A Man of No Importance (Good Theatre).
SARAH COREY Off-Broadway: Illyria, Summer Shorts, A Letter to Harvey Milk, Souvenir Stories, MapQuest. Selected Regional: In the Book Of (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Around the World in 80 Days (Oldcastle), Beau Jest (Public ME), Twelfth Night (Mountain Playhouse), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Prospect Theatre Company), Evita, Sisters of Swing (Foothills), Caroline, or Change (Speakeasy), Lippa’s Wild Party (New Rep, IRNE award best supporting actress). Sarah is a graduate of Princeton University and the Shakespeare & Company Conservatory for Classical Acting.
RACHEL LESLIE is pleased to return to the role of Naomi after she had the privilege of working on the premiere production last year at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Favorite credits include Millie in Trouble in Mind, Black Mary in Gem of the Ocean, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Ivy Silver in the premiere of Sylvan Oswald’s Nightlands with New Georges in NYC. Ms. Leslie has performed in productions in NYC as well as at many regional theatres across the country. Film & TV credits include: Quietly, 666 Park Avenue and Law & Order.
DAVID PEREZ-RIBADA is happy to return to FST where he was seen in Boleros for the Disenchanted and The Miamians. Regional: World premiere cast of Anna in the Tropics, New Theatre; The Pillowman, Gablestage; Tracers, Juggerknaut Theatre; Beauty and the Beast, Actors’ Playhouse. For more on David please visit www.dpribada.com
ANDY PROSKY is delighted to make his FST debut in In The Book Of. In New York City his credits include King Lear starring Christopher Plummer at Lincoln Center. Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Tempest at The Pearl Theatre Company. Regionally he has performed at Arena Stage, Fords Theatre, The Walnut Street Theatre, The Old Globe Theatre, The Dallas Theatre Center, The Actors Theatre Of Louisville, The Folger Theatre, and The Cincinnati Playhouse. Internationally, he played at Vienna’s English Theatre. Film and Television credits include Taking Woodstock directed by Ang Lee, Men In Black, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Great Outdoors, Up Close And Personal, John Adams, Law And Order and ER. He will be seen in A Birders Guide To Everything starring Sir Ben Kingsley which will make its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this spring. He also will appear in Amazon Studio’s Alpha House with John Goodman.
RITA REHN FST: Sylvia, Always Patsy Cline. Broadway: Tony Award winning Nine, A Chorus Line, Royal Family (with Rosemary Harris). Tours: Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (with Valerie Harper). Off Broadway: Marsha Norman’s Last Dance (with Jo Beth Williams), John Patrick Shanley’s Defiance (Stephen Lang); Charles Busch’s Our Leading Lady, The Deep Throat Sex Scandal, Call Me Waldo, Theda Bara Frontier Rabbi. NY Classical Theatre: Misalliance, Hamlet. Dreamcatcher Theatre: As Bees in Honey Drown (Best Actress, NJ Theatre Critics) And the World Goes Round (Best Featured Actress, NJ Theatre Critics). Premiere Stages: Humbug (first female Scrooge). Catch Me If You Can (with Jamie Farr, Gretna Playhouse). Clifford Odet’s The Big Knife (with Robert Beltran and Miguel Sandoval. Many commercials and voice work.
Director | Kate Alexander
Scenic Designer | Tom Buderwitz
Costume Designer | Jeni Schaefer
Lighting Designer | Jeffrey Cady
Stage Manager | Kelli Karen*
*Denotes member Actors’ Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.