Ralph Fiennes, who will play Robert Moses, will be joined on stage by Alisha Baily who will Mariah Heller, Samuel Barnett who will take on the role of Stamford Fergus, Al Coppola who will play Walter McQuade. They will play alongside Siobhan Cullen as Finnula Connell, Ian Kirkby as Lewis Mumford, Alana Maria as Shirley Hayes, Dani Moseley as Carol Ames, Guy Paul as Henry Vanderbilt, Helen Schlesinger as Jane Jacobs, Mary Stillwaggon Stewart as Nicole Sawyer and Danny Webb as Governor Al Smith.
Directed by Nicholas Hytner, the show will start Ralph Fiennes in David Hare’s blazing account of the life of a man whose iron will exposed the weakness of democracy in the face of charismatic conviction. For forty uninterrupted years, Robert Moses was the most powerful man in New York. Though never elected to office, he manipulated those who were through a mix of guile, charm and intimidation. Motivated at first by a determination to improve the lives of New York City’s workers, he created new parks, new bridges and 627 miles of expressway to connect the people to the great outdoors. But in the 1950s, groups of citizens at grass roots began to organize against his schemes and against the motor car, campaigning for a very different idea of what a city was and for what it should be.
The show will open at The Bridge in 16 March and will close on 18 June 2022 with oepning night on 23 March 2022. Designs are by Bob Crowley with lighting by Jessica Hung Han Yun, sound by George Dennis and music by George Fenton. Straight Line Crazy reunites Fiennes, Hare and Hytner who previously collaborated on Beat the Devil at The Bridge in Autumn 2020.