John Krasinski to Star Off Broadway in New Play ‘Dry Powder’

John Krasinski will make his stage debut at the Public Theater this spring in “Dry Powder,” a new play to be staged by “Hamilton” director Thomas Kail.

Krasinski will play one of the finance-world power brokers at the center of Sarah Burgess’ play, in which the head of a private equity firm must deal with a PR disaster resulting from the blowout engagement party he threw during the same week that his company forced layoffs at a grocery store chain. Krasinski will play one of the company’s executives, who comes up with a solution to the problem but finds himself battling another exec with a different agenda.

Kail’s last outing at the Public was the Off Broadway premiere of “Hamilton,” the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical that has gone on to become a top seller on Broadway. Krasinski’s turn on the boards marks the latest starry get for Off Broadway’s Public Theater, which recently hosted Ann Hathaway in “Grounded” and currently is presenting Lupita Nyong’o in “Eclipsed.”

Burgess was one of the writers on the Woodshed Collective’s site-specific 2011 outing “The Tenant” and has worked on Naked Angels’ monthly podcast “Naked Radio.”

Krasinski, an alum of “The Office,” adds “Dry Powder” to a dance card that also includes upcoming Michael Bay film “13 Hours,” set for release in January. “Dry Powder” begins previews March 1.

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