Gotham nonprofit MTC brought “Venus” to Broadway — thereby making the show eligible for Tony Awards — in 2011, in association with Classic Stage Company, the Off Broadway troupe that premiered the play in 2010 and gave Arianda her breakout role. She went on to make her Broadway debut in the 2011 revival of “Born Yesterday” before returning to “Venus” at MTC. She’s also appeared in films including “Tower Height” and the upcoming “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.”
“Tales from Red Vienna” is the latest play by David Grimm, the scribe whose Off Broadway credits also include “Measure for Pleasure” and “Steve and Idi.” Kate Whoriskey, who helmed “Ruined” at MTC, directs the production, about a WWI widow who becomes entangled in a seedy underworld as she struggles to maintain her financial stability.
“Red Vienna” is part of an MTC Off Broadway season that begins with “The Commons of Pensacola,” a new play by Amanda Peet and starring Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker, and finishes with Cherry Jones starrer “When We Were Young and Unafraid.”
“Tales of Red Vienna” begins previews Feb. 26 prior to a March 18 opening at New York City Center Stage I. Further casting remains to be set.