Monday, December 12, 2011

Robin Strasser Joins Brooke Shields & Larry Pine In "A Tomato Can't Grow in the Bronx" Reading

Executive Producer Aaron Grant has announced the addition of Emmy Award-winning actress Robin Strasser to the cast of the reading of Gary Morgenstein’s new play, "A Tomato Can't Grow in the Bronx," at the Jerry Orbach Theatre at the Snapple Theatre Center on December 20, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. The industry-only reading is Directed by Philip Morgaman. The General Manager is Kelvin Productions, LLC, with Casting by Daryl Eisenberg Casting.

"A Tomato Can't Grow in the Bronx" will star Broadway, film and television actress Brooke Shields as Eleanor Abrams, the neurotic, only daughter of Harry, a domineering old school (and fading) Bronx big shot, with dreams of breaking free of her own fears and moving into a home of her own on Long Island, along with her teenage son Elliot and husband Sammy. Joining Ms. Shields and Ms. Strasser (who will play Shield's character's mother Gladys), will be Larry Pine as Harry & Elana Safar as Madeline. Aaron Simon Gross as her son Elliot & Sam Seder as her husband Sammy were cast last week.

Robin Strasser is an Emmy Award-winning actress in her role as Dr. Dorian Lord on ABC’s ONE LIFE TO LIVE from 1979-2011. She also appeared on ANOTHER WORLD, ALL MY CHILDREN & PASSIONS, guest-starred on such iconic TV series as MURDER, SHE WROTE, MURPHY BROWN & CHINA BEACH & had recurring roles on “Coach” & “Knot’s Landing.” A graduate of the prestigious Yale School of Drama & a founding member of the American Conservatory Theatre, Strasser also has extensive stage credits, including the Broadway shows Shadow Box & Neil Simon’s Chapter Two.

Larry Pine is well-known to TV audiences for his roles on OZ, LAW & ORDER, GILMORE GIRLS & most recently, PERSON OF INTEREST, as well as his stint as Roger Gordon on ONE LIFE TO LIVE. He also memorably played Tad Channing on AS THE WORLD TURNS. He can be seen in the films Maid in Manhattan, The Royal Tenenbaums, Dead Man Walking, Woody Allen’s Small Time Crooks & the soon-to-be-released Arbitrage with Richard Gere. Elana Safar has performed at Papermill Playhouse in "Life on Earth," with Laura Benanti & Anne Hathaway, in a workshop of "Hanky Panky" with Tovah Feldshuh, in "Soul Searching: A Rock Musical" as part of NYMF & in the film Chanel Bleu, directed by Martin Scorsese.

Executive Producer Grant stated, "I'm so excited that Robin has agreed to join our cast. This entire reading is filled with people I've always wanted to work with."

DATE: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 3:30pm
LOCATION: Jerry Orbach Theatre @ Snapple Theatre Center

1627 Broadway ~ third floor
RESERVATIONS: [email protected]

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