by Amy Herzog
Directed by Benjamin T. Ismail
“…humor, honesty and narrative subtlety make this a rarity: a family play that avoids sentimentality or sitcom shtick” -Time Magazine
After suffering a major loss while on a cross-country bike trip, 21-year-old Leo seeks solace in the West Village apartment of his feisty 91-year-old grandmother, Vera. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and, ultimately, reach each other. 4000 MILES is a look at two outsiders finding their way in today’s world.
Dani Faitelson* (Bec) originated the role of Andie in the Off Broadway premiere of Honky (Urban Stages), which was a New York Times Critic’s Pick. She also created the role of Tess in the Off Broadway premiere of I Forgive You, Ronald Reagan (Beckett Theatre). Other credits include: Ursula in Much Ado About Nothing (Classic Stage Company), Queen Elizabeth in Richard III (4th Street Theatre), a workshop of Jason Robert Brown’s Honeymoon in Vegas, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Columbia University), and the Actress in La Ronde (Columbia University). MFA Acting, Columbia University. Dani thanks her incredible family and friends, and dedicates this performance to her own two special grandmothers. Proud AEA member.
Maya Handa Naff (Amanda/Lily) is so excited to make her American Stage debut in this beautiful show! She was last seen in the Tampa Bay area as Cecily Cardew in freeFall Theatre’s The Importance of Being Earnest with Zombies, as well as Pegeen in Mame, starring Matthew McGee. Other Regional credits include: Les Miserables (Eponine), Miss Saigon (Kim), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Julia), Avenue Q (Christmas Eve), The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (Marcy Park), 4000 Miles (Lily), and The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily). New York credits: A Doll’s House: A New Opera (Christine Linde), St. Bette’s (Janice), and Scheme of the Super Bullies (Princess Dodgeball). Maya studied at the Stella Adler Studio through NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. For my remarkable grandmother, Joan.
Janis Stevens* (Vera) was most recently seen in the title role in Driving Miss Daisy at Sacramento Theatre Company. Other regional credits include: Company Artist with the Theater at Monmouth in Maine, playing such roles as Paulina in The Winter’s Tale, Amanda in The Glass Menagerie and Amanda in Private Lives; Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Taming of the Shrew (Idaho Shakespeare Festival); You Can Never Tell (TheatreWorks); Bonjour, Là, Bonjour (San Diego Repertory); Humble Boy, Master Class, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Capital Stage, Sacramento). Janis is a 2006 Drama Desk Nominee for Outstanding Solo Performance in Vivien, a one-woman play about the life of Vivien Leigh, produced at the Beckmann Theatre in NYC. Upcoming: 15th season with Theater at Monmouth; Katharine Hepburn in Kate at Stage 3 in California. Janis is extremely happy to be working at American Stage for the first time.
Casey Worthington (Leo) is a founding member of The Associates, a theater devising company based in Brooklyn and a proud alumnus of the Actors Theatre of Louisville Acting Apprentice Company. New York theater: Black Protagonist with The Associates, Transformatique at Dixon Place. Regional theater: Julius Caesar at Sacramento Theatre Company, Remix 38, Our Town, and A Christmas Carol at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Other theater: As You Like It, Henry V with Davis Shakespeare Ensemble. Casey studied theater at San Francisco State University.
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