09/05/12 Wilmington, DE –– The Delaware Theatre Company is pleased to announce that actors Peter Strauss and Ian Lithgow will join the cast of The Outgoing Tide, set to open at the Delaware Theatre Company in October.  A drama by Barrymore Award-winning playwright Bruce Graham, The Outgoing Tide runs at DTC Wednesday, October 10 through Sunday, October 28, 2012 and marks the first show of DTC’s 2012-2013 season.  Directed by Executive Director Bud Martin, the production will then move to 59E59 Theaters in New York for six weeks: November 8 through December 16, following its three week run in Delaware.  Actress Michael Learned, announced last week, will join Strauss and Lithgow in this three actor drama that offers powerful humanity and surprising humor.

Best-known for his multiple starring roles in made-for-TV movies, Strauss won the Emmy Award (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Special) in 1979 for “The Jericho Mile.”  Strauss also received Emmy Award nominations for his roles in the mini-series “Rich Man, Poor Man” and “Masada,” as well as five Golden Globe nominations.  He made his Broadway debut in Tom Griffin’s Einstein and the Polar Bear in 1981.  He recently starred Off Broadway as Sigmund Freud in Primary Stages’ Sabina, in Jon Robin Baitz’s political thriller Chinese Friends at Playwrights Horizons Theater in NY, in the new play Blueprint for the NY Summer Festival on Theater Row, and Divine Rivalry at Hartford Stage.  His other theatrical credits include the plays The Dance Next Door, The Mind with the Dirty Man, and The Trial of the Catonsville Nine at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and A Cry of Players at Baltimore’s Center Stage. On screen, Strauss can be seen most recently in Warner Brothers’ License to Wed with Robin Williams and as the U.S. President in Columbia’s XXX: State of the Union.  Additionally, Strauss can be seen in Soldier Blue, The Last Tycoon, The Secret of NIMH, Flight of the Black Angel, and Nick of Time

Strauss noted his respect and high regard for Graham’s characters in The Outgoing Tide, stating: Rarely do you find a play so beautifully written with characters that are so deeply drawn.  Bruce Graham’s words are so carefully chosen.  I can play this guy [Gunner].  I know him.”

Playing the role of Jack, Ian Lithgow has acted professionally in TV, film, and in theatre both regionally and Off-Broadway.  Regional work includes The Goodman Theatre, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the American Repertory Theatre, Stamford Theatre Works, the Ahmanson Theatre, the Pasadena Playhouse, and the Kavinoky Theatre (Secret Order, 2011 Artvoice Theatre Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play).  Lithgow received acclaim for his performance in the original production of Rebecca Gilman's Boy Gets Girl (first at the Goodman Theatre, then at the Manhattan Theatre Club).  He has a BA from Harvard College as well as a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and is a licensed psychotherapist.  Originally from New York City, Lithgow now makes his home in Philadelphia with his wife and two children.

Lithgow anticipates this opportunity to play the role of Jack in The Outgoing Tide, stating: “The deep humanity coupled with unexpected humor and buoyancy in this play is both heart-wrenching and refreshing.  I am thrilled to be a part of this talented cast and to embody this character.”    

Michael Learned boasts an extensive background including Broadway, television and feature film credits.  Learned is best known for her role as Olivia Walton in the legendary TV series, “The Waltons,” for which she received three Emmy awards.   Additionally, she received an Emmy for her role as Mary Benjamin in her own series “Nurse.”  She is also a People’s Choice Award winner and four-time Golden Globe nominee.  Broadway credits include:  Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, The Sisters Rosenweig and The Three Sisters.    Starring in the world premieres of Arthur Miller’s The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Neil Simon’s Actors and Actresses, Looking for Normal and The Good Doctor, Learned has also performed in the national tours of On Golden Pond, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women, Love Letters, and Driving Miss Daisy.  Her feature films include Life During Wartime, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, and Power directed by Sidney Lumet.  Learned can be seen on the small screen in such shows asThe Young and the Restless”, “Scrubs”, “Law and Order: SVU”, “Cold Case”, “General Hospital”, “Gunsmoke”, “St. Elsewhere”, and “Murder She Wrote”. 

Of the play, Michael shared:  "When I read the play the first time, I found myself laughing out loud . . . and at the end I wept. Not because it was so sad, but because it was so right, so human, so perfect. It is the story of a flawed family dealing with life and death choices and I can't wait for rehearsals to begin. I am in love with this play and its richly human characters."

The Outgoing Tide offers surprising humor as it thoughtfully explores the ebb and flow of a family dynamic.  In a summer cottage on Chesapeake Bay, Gunner has hatched an unorthodox plan to secure his family's future but meets with resistance from his wife and grown son.  According to the Chicago Sun Times, this drama by Philadelphia’s most acclaimed playwright Bruce Graham "hums with dark humor and profound emotion." Winner of the Joseph Jefferson Award for Chicago’s Best New Play of 2011 following its premiere at the Northlight Theatre in Chicago, Theatre Mania calls the show "thought provoking and moving." 

Single tickets for The Outgoing Tide range from $35 to $49 and are on sale now by calling the Delaware Theatre Company Box Office at (302) 594-1100 or via purchase online.  Group rates, seniors, students, and military discounts are available.  To purchase tickets online, or for more information on subscription packages, single tickets, and flex passes, please visit http://tickets.delawaretheatre.org.