East Coast premiere of Meridith Friedman’s new work begins residency at theREP on Jan. 17
ALBANY – Now more than ever, it’s clear that families come in all shapes and sizes, which is the crux of Your Best One, the latest new work from playwright Meridith Friedman, set to make its East Coast debut at Capital Repertory Theatre on Jan. 17. The play presents a warm, humorous look at a non-traditional family dealing with issues that audiences will find easily relatable.
Richard and David had it all – a beautiful apartment, great jobs and a loving relationship — until Richard walked out on everything, when David made a commitment to adopting a child. Now eight years later, a crisis brings Richard back to seek forgiveness and mend the home he broke. David, along with his teenage adopted son, Josh, will need a lot of coaxing, as they navigate the situation and ultimately realize what family truly means.
“Your Best One is a beautiful, universal story,” says Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, Producing Artistic Director at theREP. “We’ve all had to say I’m sorry to a family member for mistakes we’ve made at one point or another, and conversely, we’ve all been placed in a position where we are the ones being asked for forgiveness. In a time where so much emphasis is being placed on what makes us different, Your Best One looks under the surface and focuses on what really matters.”
A playwright and television writer based in Los Angeles, Meridith Friedman is no stranger to theREP, having had her works featured in the theatre’s NEXT ACT! New Play Summit. A former Dramatist Guild fellow and recipient of one of the organization’s Alliance Grants, Friedman’s plays have been produced at numerous theatres and festivals across the country. Her work has also been workshopped and developed at several venues nationwide, including The Kennedy Center and New Dramatists.
Your Best One’s East Coast premiere stars Michael McCorry Rose as David, in his third appearance at theREP following roles in She Loves Me and How Water Behaves. Rose’s Broadway credits include Wicked and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. He has also appeared in national tours of Anastasia, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Grease!
In the role of Richard, James Lloyd Reynolds returns to theREP after an acclaimed turn as Robert in 2019’s Red Maple. Reynolds’s extensive resume features roles in Goodspeed Musicals’ 42nd Street, Mame and LaCage Aux Folles, as well as Gypsy at Cape Playhouse and several television appearances, including Homeland.
Jake Goodman (Josh) also returns to theREP after previous appearances in A Christmas Story, The Musical and Camelot. Local audiences will remember Jake from star turns with Playhouse stage company in Newsies, Little Shop of Horrors, Urinetown and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, as well as roles at Schenectady Light Opera Company in Grease and Mary Poppins.
Rounding out the cast is Kate Wetherhead (Laura) and Lenny Wolpe (Oscar), both making their debuts at theREP. Wetherhead, co-creator, writer, director and star of the online series Submissions Only, boasts a resume including Broadway and Off-Broadway credits in The Other Josh Cohen (Obie Award), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Legally Blonde. Wolpe, also a Broadway veteran, has appeared on the Great White Way in several shows, including The Drowsy Chaperone, Wicked, The Sound of Music and Bullets Over Broadway.
In addition to Friedman, Your Best One’s creative team includes Director Gordon Greenberg, who has directed several successful shows for theREP, including Assisted Loving, Paris Time, Single Girls Guide, How Water Behaves, 33 Variations and Breaking Up Is Hard to Do. Greenberg’s Broadway work includes Holiday Inn, along with London’s West End’s acclaimed revival of Guys and Dolls. His writer/director credits include adaptations of A Christmas Carol and Dracula, which have been produced regional theatres in the US and Canada.
Other members of the design team include Costume Designer Alejo Vietti, Lighting Designer Rob Denton, Set/Projection Designer Caite Hevner, Sound Designer David Thomas, Production Stage Manager Elise Jenkins, Assistant Stage Manager Laura Crawford and Casting Director Stephanie Clapper.
Previews for Your Best One take place Jan. 17-19. Opening night is Tuesday, Jan. 21. Regular performances continue through Sunday, Feb. 9. Performance times: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday—with matinees 3 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; and 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29. Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 N. Pearl St., Albany. Tickets range from $27–$62. Students with valid ID: $16 all shows. For tickets and information, call Tickets by Proctors, 518.445.SHOW (7469) or visit capitalrep.org.
Special Events include:
Opening Night – Tuesday Jan. 21
Featuring post-show desserts provided by Bella Napoli and a champagne or ginger-ale toast with the cast and crew
Chef’s Table – Tuesday Jan. 28
Featuring light bites provided by The Bishop beginning at 6:30pm.
ASL Performance – Saturday Feb 1, 3 p.m.
This performance will feature a sign language interpreter. To request access to this section, please call our box office at 518.346.6204
Post-Show Discussion– Wednesday Feb. 5
Featuring a post-show discussion with Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill Producing Artistic Director plus the cast of Your Best One
Thirsty Thursday – Thursday Feb 6
Featuring pre-show tastings provided by Albany Distilling and Nine Pin Cider, starting at 6:30PM.
Behind the Scenes– Sunday Feb. 9
Featuring light fare before the matinee and a pre-show presentation about the production elements with Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill from 1-1:30PM. (Food service begins at 12:30PM).