Casting announced for The Fears, produced by Steven Soderbergh
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 07:10 pm EDT 03/17/23



(March 17, 2023, New York, NY) – Academy Award and Emmy Award winner Steven Soderbergh (sex, lies, and videotape, Traffic, Erin Brockovich) is pleased to announce casting for the World Premiere of The Fears, a new play by Emma Sheanshang (Every Girl Gets Her Man, Greetings from Tim Buckley), and directed by Dan Algrant ("Sex and the City," People I Know). The Fears marks Soderbergh's theatrical producing debut. Five-time Tony Award winner John N. Hart Jr. (Guys and Dolls, Chicago, Once, The Band's Visit) of Evamere Entertainment serves as Executive Producer.

The Fears will begin performances on April 25, 2023 and open May 18, 2023 Off-Broadway for a limited engagement at The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street). Tickets are on sale at Telecharge.com.

The Fears will star Maddie Corman (Accidentally Brave, Some Kind of Wonderful, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) as Maia, Kerry Bishé (Argo, AMC's "Halt and Catch Fire," Showtime's "Penny Dreadful") as Thea and Natalie Woolams-Torres (Tiny Beautiful Things, NBC's "Chicago Med" and "New Amsterdam") as Rosa, and Jess Gabor (Halfway to Somewhere, Run Sweetheart Run, HBO's "Three Women") as Katie, Mehran Khaghani (HBO's "High Maintenance") as Fiz, Carl Hendrick Louis (1984, NBC's "Manifest," Netflix's "Mindhunter") as Mark, and Robyn Peterson (Public Theater's Talk Radio, Pretty Woman, HBO's "The Sopranos") as Suzanne.

Every week at a Buddhist center in New York City, a diverse group of fractured souls share a commitment to eccentric yet restorative teachings providing solace from their personal turmoil. When their newest member shows up without knowing the rules, it sets off heated confrontations and deep meditations on how finding peace in a city of millions can be insanely hilarious.

Scenic design is by Jo Winiarski (HYPROV, Accidentally Brave). Costume design is by David C. Robinson (The Equalizer, The Perks of Being a Wallflower). Lighting design is by Tony Award winner Jeff Croiter (Peter and the Starcatcher, Cost of Living). Sound design is by Jane Shaw (I Was Most Alive With You, Men on Boats ).

Production Stage Manager is Thomas J. Gates. Casting is by Avy Kaufman and Daniel Frankel, Avy Kaufman Casting. Production Management is by Sightline Productions . General management is by DR Theatrical Management.

Performance schedule is Tuesday through Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 8:00 pm, with matinees Wednesday, Saturday at Sunday at 2:00 pm.


Maddie Corman (Maia) began her career as a teenager, starring in After School Specials and the seminal 1980s movies Seven Minutes in Heaven and Some Kind of Wonderful. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Barnard College, Maddie was a series regular on "Mr. President," starring George C. Scott, "All-American Girl" and "Almost There." Her many guest roles include all three "Law & Order(s)," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Damages," "Rescue Me," "Smash," "The Good Wife," "Person of Interest," "Nurse Jackie," "Girls," "Divorce," "Odd Mom Out," "High Maintenance," and "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel." She has had recurring roles on "Younger," "Madam Secretary," and "Bull." TV films: "Jenifer," "Dear Dumb Diary" and "When We Rise." Maddie's films include: 5 Flights Up, What Maisie Knew, Peace, Love & Misunderstanding, Morning Glory, Sunshine Cleaning, Ira & Abby, Beer League, What Happens in Vegas, I Think I Do, PCU, My New Gun, Swingers, and The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. Maddie is Lady Aberlin to Tom Hanks' Mr. Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Maddie's extensive NYC theatre credits include Broadway productions of Geoffrey Nauffts' Tony Award-nominated Next Fall, and Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Picnic. Off-Broadway, Maddie has been seen in the Obie Award-winning Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins at The Signature, Nora and Delia Ephron's Love, Loss and What I Wore, Wendy Wasserstein's Isn't It Romantic?, and at Lincoln Center, the world premiere of Richard Greenberg's The Babylon Line. She wrote, co-directed and starred in the short film How Was Your Day, which was selected by Tribeca Film Fest for their "Watch This Short" series. Maddie was selected to be a Playwright in Residence at NY Stage and Film, where she developed her first full-length play, Accidentally Brave. Daryl Roth then produced the play in NY at her DR2 Theatre where the solo piece had a critically acclaimed run. Maddie was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award and won the Off Broadway Alliance Award for best solo performance. Maddie recently completed filming a "concert version" of Accidentally Brave, produced by Steven Soderbergh.

Kerry Bishé (Thea) played the title role in the Off-Broadway one-woman play My Name Is Rachel Corrie, directed by Alan Rickman, and she appeared on Broadway as Clara in Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Pygmalion. She also played Quincy Quince in Williamstown Theatre Festival's An American Daughter. Her television credits include Showtime's "Super Pumped," "Penny Dreadful: City of Angels" and "Billions," AMC's "Halt and Catch Fire," Netflix's "Narcos" and "How It Ends," and ABC's "Scrubs." Ms. Bishé appeared in the Academy Award-winning film Argo directed by Ben Affleck, for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. She has frequently appeared in the films of Edward Burns, including The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, Newlyweds, and Nice Guy Johnny. She also starred in Kevin Smith's acclaimed independent film Red State. Her other film credits include Evening Hour, Happily, Sex and the City, Grand Piano , Max Rose, Goodbye World, Blue Highway, Turkey Bowl, The Ticket, and Rupture. Ms. Bishé is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Natalie Woolams-Torres (Rosa) is a Dominican American New Yorker whose theater credits include the original production of Tiny Beautiful Things, directed by Tommy Kail, at The Public Theater and Pasadena Playhouse, and Novenas for a Lost Hospital at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. She's worked extensively on productions at The Public Theater and holds the title of Artistic Representative of their Young Partners Board. Other Public Theater credits include Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Shakespeare in the Park credits include The Comedy of Errors, Taming of The Shrew, and Julius Caesar. She appeared in the NPR broadcast version of Shakespeare in the Park's Richard II. She's appeared as a supporting actor in various indie films. TV credits include "Difficult People" (Hulu) "Room 104" (HBO), "High Maintenance" (HBO), "Chicago Med" (NBC), and "New Amsterdam" (NBC). Upcoming: "Succession" (HBO), "Dead Ringers" (Amazon), and "Full Circle" (HBO). She attended SUNY Purchase Theater Arts and Film.

Jess Gabor (Katie) recently wrapped Legendary Entertainment's The Machine from director Peter Atencio. Prior to that, she played the title role of E.J. Foerster's directorial debut Halfway to Somewhere opposite Steve Zahn and Rosalyn Sanchez, as well as having played Maia in Blumhouse's Run Sweetheart Run, which was acquired by Amazon at Sundance. Gabor also had a heavily recurring role on Showtime's Emmy-nominated show "Shameless" for multiple seasons. She most recently shot a recurring role on Showtime's "Three Women" as well as "Grey's Anatomy" on ABC. In addition to acting, Gabor is a burgeoning talent behind the camera, having written and directed two short films, Barbie and Her Story, which both have received festival attention. Jess Gabor was born and raised in Los Angeles and has a degree in Theater from Loyola Marymount University. During her time at University, she attended the Moscow Art Theater in Russia. After, she traveled through Europe and performed in a theater production of Virago Alala in Bonn, Germany.

Mehran Khaghani (Fiz) is a lauded comedian and master of ceremonies performing all over New York City, most notably at his home club, the world famous Comedy Cellar. His work as a stand up has been featured on NBC, IFC and Comedy Central with acting roles on HBO's "High Maintenance" and "Search Party." Though an actor since his teens, and having studied drama at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, The Fears marks Mehran's return to the theater after sixteen years focused entirely on live comedy. To find himself telling such a rich story surrounded by this estimable and caring group of artists is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. Offstage, Mehran is a polyglot and sacred texts enthusiast who loves his feral dog, Handsome, and his perfect husband of eleven years, Noah, with the absolute entirety of his soul.

Carl Hendrick Louis (Mark) was last seen in Two River Theatre's production of August Wilson's Radio Golf directed by Brandon J. Dirden. He is best known for his portrayal of Caliban alongside Ron Cephas Jones ("This Is Us") as Prospero in the Classical Theatre of Harlem's production of The Tempest and the Broadway production of 1984 in the role of Martin opposite Olivia Wilde (Babylon) and Tom Sturridge ("The Sandman"). He recently appeared in a highly anticipated character arc on the final season of "Manifest." Mr. Louis is a Haitian American from Queens, New York. He went to Fordham University for his undergraduate education and went to New York University to receive his Master of Fine Arts in Acting.

Robyn Peterson (Suzanne) originated the role of Linda in Eric Bogosian's original production of Talk Radio at Joseph Papp's Public Theater in New York. Robyn has appeared in over 150 TV roles, including Uncle Junior's girlfriend on "The Sopranos," "L.A. Law," "Mike Hammer," "Baby Boom." "Cold Case," "Cheers," "High Mountain Ranger," "It's a Living," and "The Lot." Big screen credits include The Replacements, Pretty Woman, My Father the Hero, Trauma is a Time Machine, Blood and Wine, View From The Top, Shopping ,Cowboy Up, Bob's New Suit, Perfection, and Sweet Lorraine, She debuted as a playwright at LA's Mark Taper Forum/New Works Festival with her original one-woman show Catwalk Confidential. Followed by critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Catwalk had a successful run at The Arts Theatre in London's West End and a sold-out stay at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.

Emma Sheanshang (Playwright) is a playwright and screenwriter from New York City. Her first play, Every Girl Gets Her Man, was performed at the Soho Playhouse. Greetings from Tim Buckley, a film she co-wrote with director Dan Algrant, starring Penn Badgley and Imogen Poots, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.

Dan Algrant (Director) is a film director and writer. His films include Greetings from Tim Buckley (Focus World/Tribeca), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, Naked in New York (Fine Line Features) and People I Know starring Al Pacino (Miramax Films). Dan has also directed HBO's Emmy winning "Sex and the City" and award-winning short films including Some Film Chopping Wood. He directed the documentary Anything for Jazz about piano legend Jaki Byard, executive produced How to Grow a Bandabout prodigy mandolinist Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers and acted in Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience and Let Them All Talk with Meryl Streep, Candace Bergen and Lucas Hedges. Current directing projects include the film Little Rootie Tootie, executive produced by Whoopi Goldberg; and Cathedrals, a documentary spanning nearly fifty years of the lives of two young men living in the Cathedral Housing projects in Boston, MA.

Steven Soderbergh (Producer) is a writer, director, producer, cinematographer, and editor. He most recently directed this year's Magic Mike's Last Dance, as well as the forthcoming HBO Max limited series "Full Circle." He earned the Academy Award in 2000 for directing Traffic, the same year he was nominated for Erin Brockovich; and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for his 2013 HBO film "Behind the Candelabra." Soderbergh earlier received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for sex, lies, and videotape, his feature film directorial debut. That film also won the Palme d'Or at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival. Soderbergh has also worked as a theatrical director, creating and directing the play Tot Mom at the Sydney Theatre Company in December 2009; as well as directing the world premiere of Scott Z. Burns' play The Library at New York's Public Theater in April 2014.

Evamere Entertainment (Producer). John N. Hart Jr. has produced critically acclaimed feature films and award-winning theatrical productions for over four decades, garnering him five Tony Awards. Broadway credits include The Who's Tommy, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Guys and Dolls starring Nathan Lane and Faith Prince, The Glass Menagerie starring Cherry Jones, Once, The Band's Visit and The Sound Inside. Hart's 20-plus films include Boys Don't Cry, You Can Count on Me, Proof and Revolutionary Road.

The Pershing Square Signature Center, the permanent home of Signature Theatre, is a three-theatre facility on West 42ndStreet designed by Frank Gehry Architects to host Signature's three distinct playwrights' residencies and foster a cultural community. The Center is a major contribution to New York City's cultural landscape and provides a venue for cultural organizations that supports and encourages collaboration among artists throughout the space. In addition to its three intimate theatres, the Center features a studio theatre, rehearsal studio, a bookstore, and the Signature Café + Bar, open to the public Tuesdays –Sundays. For more information on renting the Center, please visit www.signaturetheatre.org/rentals.
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