The company of DAVE. Photo Credit: Margot Schulman

Arena Stage’s World Premiere of DAVE opens July 27

Arena Stage is presenting the world premiere of Dave by Thomas Meehan, Nell Benjamin and Tom Kitt through August 19, 2018 in the Kreeger Theater. Opening night is July 27. Click here for tickets.

Drew Gehling. Photo Credit: Margot Schulman
Drew Gehling and the company of DAVE. Photo Credit: Margot Schulman

Dave is inspired by the Academy Award-nominated American political comedy film. Helmed by Tony Award nominee Tina Landau, Dave features choreography by Tony Award nominee Sam Pinkleton and music direction by Rob Berman. Dave tells the story of high school teacher (and presidential lookalike) Dave Kovic, who is hired by the Secret Service as a stand-in for the Commander-in-Chief. When the President falls ill under less than “presidential” circumstances, Dave is thrust into the Oval Office to avoid a national scandal, and must find a way to gain the trust and love of the American people…and the First Lady.

Drew Gehling. Photo Credit: Margot Schulman
Drew Gehling. Photo Credit: Margot Schulman

Drew Gehling stars as President Bill Mitchell and the title role of Dave with Mamie Parris (Broadway’s Cats, School of Rock) as First Lady Ellen Mitchell, Douglas Sills as Chief of Staff Bob Alexander, Josh Breckenridge (Broadway’s Come From Away), Rachel Flynn (Off-Broadway’s Heathers the Musical), Bryonha Marie Parham (Broadway’s Prince of Broadway) and Jonathan Rayson (Broadway’s Little Shop of Horrors).

Drew Gehling, Bryonha Marie Parham, and Douglas Sills. Photo Credit: Margot Schulman
Drew Gehling, Bryonha Marie Parham, and Douglas Sills. Photo Credit: Margot Schulman

While Mr. Sills recovers from minor unexpected surgery, Dave cast member Jared Bradshaw will step into the role of Bob Alexander.

Mamie Parris and Drew Gehling. Photo Credit: Margot Schulman
Mamie Parris and Drew Gehling. Photo Credit: Margot Schulman

Rounding out the company are Jenny Ashman (Kansas City Repertory’s Evita), Jared Bradshaw (Broadway’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Dana Costello (Jekyll and Hyde national tour), Trista Dollison (Broadway’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Sherri L. Edelen (Arena Stage’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike), Kevin R. Free (The Neo-Futurists’ Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind), Erin Quill (Broadway’s Avenue Q), Jamison Scott (Broadway’s Motown the Musical), Thomas Adrian Simpson (Arena Stage’s A Raisin in the Sun and Carousel)  and Vishal Vaidya (Broadway’s Groundhog Day).

The company of DAVE. Photo Credit: Margot Schulman
The company of DAVE. Photo Credit: Margot Schulman

The creative team for Dave also includes scenic design by Tony Award nominee Dane Laffrey; costume design by two-time Tony Award nominee Toni-Leslie James; lighting design by five-time Tony Award nominee Japhy Weideman; sound design by Tony Award nominee Walter Trarbach; projection design by Drama Desk Award winner Peter Nigrini; and casting by Telsey + Company/Patrick Goodwin, CSA.

Click here for full company bios.

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