A play by Nan Knighton
About the Show
Man With Two Hearts Found on Moon takes place on an island. Duncan and Fritz are a
couple renting the first floor of a beach house. Their landlord is the imperious Fontaine
Bouchard, who lives upstairs with her one-time nurse, Ginny, and who routinely injects her
presence into the life of "the boys." "The boys" are actually well past forty and have recently
let Duncan's cousin Harry come live with them. Harry, beautiful and much younger, is in the
throes of sexual confusion when Josie enters their lives. She has left her lover, Lee, and
literally run away to the island and smack into Harry with an instant chemical click. With a
9-character cast, the play uses "games" as its backbone- from Scrabble and Charades to
fortune-telling and ultimately to a plethora of psychological mind games. Underneath the comedy
is the age-old question: How in hell do we find the strength to commit to those we love?
A private reading of the play took place at the Roundabout Theater on March 27, 2003.
Featured in the cast for this reading were Swoosie Kurtz in the role of Josie, opposite Neil
Patrick Harris as Harry. They were joined by Marc Kudisch as Lee, David Cromwell as Fritz,
Daniel Davis as Duncan, Mary Louise Wilson as Fontaine, Marylouise Burke as Ginny, and Ben
Shenkman and Marcy Harriell as The Rabbits. The performance took place under the direction of
Brendon Fox, and the sponsorship of Bill Haber.
The following biographies reflect a few of the credits for each artist involved, at the time
of the reading:
Swoosie Kurtz is known for her work on both stage and
screen. Her Broadway credits include the recent production of Imaginary Friends, as well
as Tony-winning performances in John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves and Lanford
Wilson's Fifth of July. She has also earned an OBIE award for her Off-Broadway
performance of the double-title-role in The Mineola Twins.
Neil Patrick Harris currently leads the cast of
Cabaret at Studio 54, as the Emcee. Also known for TV's "Doogie Howser, M.D.," he made
his Broadway debut last year, opposite Anne Heche and Len Cariou in Proof. He also
performed in the Lincoln Center Reprise! concert of Sweeney Todd as Tobias.
Marc Kudisch is currently on leave from the Broadway
production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which he originated the role of Trevor
Graydon. He returns to the show in May, after performing in A Little Night Music with
New York City Opera, and No Strings with City Center Encores. He has also appeared on
Broadway in Bells Are Ringing, The Wild Party, The Scarlet Pimpernel (Chauvelin) and
Beauty and the Beast.
David Cromwell is a veteran of the stage, with numerous
regional and Shakespearean credits to his name, including a production of Hamlet
Off-Broadway. He appeared in each version of The Scarlet Pimpernel as the Prince of
Wales and Robespierre (and the Fisherman in the original production). Other Broadway credits
include The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Me and My Girl, and A History of the American
Daniel Davis is known from the television role of Niles,
the butler on "The Nanny." His Broadway credits include the roles of Oscar Wilde and Bunthorne
in The Invention of Love, a Tony nominated performance in Wrong Mountain, and the
role of Salieri in Amadeus. He has also appeared in films, including The Hunt for Red
October, K-9, and Chain Letters.
Mary Louise Wilson's Broadway credits include a
Tony-nominated performance as Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, two turns in The Women,
The Odd Couple, Gypsy with Angela Lansbury, and The Royal Family. She has
also appeared in New York and London in a play she co-authored with Mark Hampton, about the
legendary Diana Vreeland, titled Full Gallop. The piece has seen numerous productions
around the world, and won Obie and Drama Desk Awards Off-Broadway.
Marylouise Burke is currently performing in Kimberly
Akimbo with the Manhattan Theatre Club, having created the title role of the play at South
Coast Rep. She has also appeared with MTC in Fuddy Meers and Wonder of the World.
Her Broadway credits include Into the Woods, The Chairs, Inherit the Wind, Wyoming, Dark
Ride, and Hot Keys.
Ben Shenkman has appeared on Broadway in Proof and
The Deep Blue Sea. He has numerous credits on both stage and screen, including both
parts of Angels in America on stage with the Actor's Company Theater. He is also part of
the TV mini-series of the same work, expected to air on HBO later this year.
Marcy Harriell recently performed in the world premiere
of Michael John LaChiusa's musical, Little Fish, at Second Stage Theater. She also
appeared this winter in the CBS legal drama series "Queens Supreme." She made her Broadway
debut as the first replacement for the role of Mimi in Rent.
Brendon Fox is Associate Director at San Diego's Old
Globe Theatre, where he has helmed such acclaimed productions as Beyond Therapy, An Infinite
Ache, The Countess and Private Eyes. He directed Much Ado About Nothing for
the Shakespeare Festival/LA, and his most recent credit is Aphra Behn's Sir Patient Fancy
at The Juilliard School in New York.
Bill Haber has served as a producer for numerous Broadway
plays and musicals, including the current revival of Man of La Mancha, the recent
Imaginary Friends, highly-acclaimed stagings of Proof and The Iceman
Cometh, as well as Noises Off, Dirty Blonde, High Society, The Scarlet Pimpernel (the
original production), and 1776.
17 November 2004 - Letter From Nan
Nan gives some updates on the development and plans for the
3 June 2003 - Letter From Nan
Nan discusses how the reading of the play went.
27 March 2003 - News Update
Stars Give Life to Two Hearts... on Moon (the first reading)
5 November 2002 - Letter From Nan
Nan discusses plans for the first reading of the play.