John Krasinski will make his New York theatrical debut in the world premiere of Sarah Burgess’ “Dry Power,” The Public Theater announced Thursday.
Directed by Thomas Kail, the play is about people “molding and messing with the American economy,” and it is set to begin previews on March 1, 2016.
The play follows a man named Rick whose private equity firm forced massive layoffs at a national grocery chain.
Krasinski plays Seth, one of Rick’s managing directors, who has a win-win deal to invest in an American-made luggage company to rescue his boss form the company’s PR disaster. However, Seth’s counterpart Jenny has a different plan — she wants to squeeze every last penny out of the company.
Krasinski is best known for his role on “The Office,” as well as starring in “Something Borrowed” and “Aloha.” He next stars as a Navy SEAL in Michael Bay‘s fact-based Benghazi film, “13 Hours.”
Burgess was a writer for Woodshed Collective’s “The Tenant” and “Naked Angels,” Naked Angels’ monthly radio podcast. She has been a writer-in-residence at the Cape Cod Theatre Project and at SPACE on Ryder Farm in Brewster, N.Y.
Kail recently directed the musical “Hamilton” at The Public Theater, and his additional Broadway credits include “In the Heights,” for which he received a Tony nomination for Best Director, and two new plays titled “Lombardo” and “Magic/Bird.”