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Ari Brand Joins Cast In Long Wharf's "Asher Lev"

Ari Brand plays the title role in "My Name Is...Asher Lev" at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven May 2 to 27.

 Brand made his Broadway debut in "The Neil Simon plays," directed by David Cromer. Since then he’s played the roles of Teddy in the world premiere of A.R. Gurney’s "Black Tie"at Primary Stages’ 59E59 Theaters, and as Peter van Daan in the Westport Country Playhouse’s production of "The Diary of Anne Frank."

Brand joins the previously announced Mark Nelson in the play, by Aaron Posner, based on the book by Chaim Potok and  staged by the theater's artistic director Gordon Edelstein. Also cast is Melissa Miller.

Nelson was is Long wharf's productions of "Underneath the Lintel" and "A Doll's House."

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In addition to his appearances at Long Wharf Theatre, Nelson has been in

Timon of Athens

with

Richard Thomas

(Public Theater);

Secrets of the Trade

(Primary Stages);

The Winter's Tale

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(BAM and London

); Picasso at the Lapin Agile

(Obie Award);

The Invention of Love

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(

Lincoln Center

);

Three Sisters

and

After the Fall

(Roundabout);

A Few Good Men;

and four plays by Neil Simon.  He recently played Shylock in

The Merchant of Venice

at The Shakespeare Theater in

Washington, DC

; the title role in

Uncle Vanya

at Seattle’s Intiman Theatre; and all 36 roles in

I Am My Own Wife

.

Miller has appeared on Broadway in "Tartuffe" at the Roundabout and off-Broadway in "The Merchant of Venice" with F. Murray Abraham, "Civilization," "I Never Sang for My Father" and "Richard III," among others. Miller has worked regionally at The Alley Theater, Premiere Stages and the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

The creative team is comprised of Eugene Lee (sets), Ilona Somogyi (costumes), Chris Akerlind (lights), John Gromada (sounds), and Bonnie Brady (stage manager.)

Information: www.longwharf.org or call 203-787-4282.

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