Bay Street Theatre will stage the world premiere of the drama “Conviction,” by Carey Crim and directed by the theatre’s new artistic director Scott Schwartz at the end of May. This week, the theatre announced it has cast Garret Dillahunt, Sarah Paulson and Elizabeth Reaser in a story about the family of Tom Hodges, a charismatic, confident and caring teacher accused of crossing a line—a moment that changes everything.
Mr. Dillahunt, whose screen credits include the Oscar winning “12 Years a Slave,” “Winter’s Bone,” and the television series “Raising Hope,” will play the part of Tom. Sarah Paulson, who starred in “12 Years a Slave,” and has also been seen in the “American Horror Story” and “Game Change,” will play Tom’s wife, Leigh. Elizabeth Reaser, who appeared in the “Twilight” films, as well as “True Detective,” “The Good Wife,” and “Liberal Arts,” joins the cast as Jayne, a friend of the couple.
The cast is rounded out by Brian Hutchison as Jayne’s husband, Bruce, and Daniel Burns as Tom and Leigh’s son Nicholas.
The production team includes set designer Anna Louizos, lighting designer Mike Billings, costume designer Jessica Ford, sound designer Bart Fasbender, props designer Kathy Fabian and production stage manager Jessie Vacchiano.
The production is co-produced by Bay Street Theatre, the Rubicon Theatre in California, Dead Posh Productions, London and Canada’s Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.
The delicately balanced, nuanced family drama aims to dig beneath the surface of a happy suburban existence to explore the damage that can be done when seeds of mistrust are planted. “Conviction” challenges the audience to wonder, how can we live with conviction when some questions cannot be answered?
“Conviction” will open the Mainstage season at Bay Street Theatre and will run May 27 through June 15, with single tickets going on sale on May 15. Tom Stoppard’s “Travesties,” directed by Gregory Boyd and starring Richard Kind, and a second world premiere, “My Life is a Musical,” with book, music and lyrics by Adam Overett, directed and choreographed by Marlo Hunter, will round out Bay Street’s Mainstage productions.
“Conviction” will be directed by Mr. Schwartz, who was named the theatre’s new artistic director last fall. Mr. Schwartz has directed Broadway productions of “Golda’s Balcony” and “Jane Eyre.” Mr. Schwartz has also directed a number of award winning Off Broadway productions including “Bat Boy: The Musical,” “tick, tick … BOOM!”, “The Foreigner,” and Kafka’s “The Castle.” He directed the world premiere of “Séance on a Wet Afternoon” starring Lauren Flanigan at Opera Santa Barbara and subsequently at New York City Opera.
Mr. Dillahunt just finished his final season of the comedy series, “Raising Hope,” and is currently shooting the Amazon pilot, “Hand of God,” opposite Ron Pearlman. He also appeared in “Looper,” a sci-fi action adventure with Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis as well as the independent feature “Amigo,” with Chris Cooper and directed by John Sayles.
Mr. Dillahunt is likely best known for his work on the critically acclaimed cable series, “Deadwood.”
Ms. Paulson is an Emmy®, Golden Globe®, and SAG Award nominated actress who most recently starred in the third installment of Ryan Murphy’s acclaimed series “American Horror Story: Coven” after appearing in the first two seasons of the drama series.
Ms. Paulson was also one of the stars of director Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave,” which won the Academy Award for Best Picture and earned the actress a SAG Award nomination as a part of the film’s ensemble cast.
Ms. Paulson recently completed production on Todd Haynes’ “Carol” based on the 1950s novel “The Price of Salt” by author Patricia Highsmith. She also made her return to the stage last spring in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s new production of Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, “Talley’s Folley,” directed by Michael Wilson.
For more information or to purchase tickets for the whole of Bay Street Theatre’s Mainstage Season visit baystreet.org.