Geffen Playhouse's West Coast premiere of Paul Grellong's Power of Sail, directed by Weyni Mengesha, begins previews February 8 in the Gil Cates Theater prior to an official opening February 17.
The cast features Emmy and Tony winner Bryan Cranston (All the Way, Network) as Charles Nichols, Hugo Armstrong (Mysterious Circumstances, God of Carnage) as Frank Sullivan, Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy, Private Practice) as Amy Katz, Tedra Millan (Present Laughter, The Wolves) as Maggie Rosen, Seth Numrich (Switzerland, Turn: Washington’s Spies) as Lucas Poole, Donna Simone Johnson (Broken Fences, Pang!) as Quinn Harris, and Brandon Scott (Grey's Anatomy, This Is Us) as Baxter Forrest.
Cranston portrays Harvard professor Charles Nichols, who finds himself in hot water after inviting an incendiary white nationalist to speak at his annual symposium. His colleagues are concerned, his students are in revolt, but Charles is undeterred in his plot to expose and academically thrash his invited guest.
The production also has scenic design by Rachel Myers, costume design by Samantha C. Jones, lighting design by Lap Chi Chu, original music and sound design by Jonathan Snipes, and dramaturgy by Mike Sablone. The production stage manager is J. Jason Daunter, the assistant stage manager is Lizzie Thompson, and casting is by Phyllis Schuringa.
Performances continue through March 13. Daryl Roth produces.