City Lit announces cast for World Premiere adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse’s Psmith, Journalist

Psmith – one of the most popular characters created by British humorist P.G. Wodehouse – will come to life on the City Lit stage this fall in an original stage adaptation by Artistic Director Terry McCabe, who will also stage the comedy. Richard Eisloeffel will star as Psmith. Also in the cast are T. J. Anderson, John Blick, Nicholas Roy Caesar, Joe Ciresi, Patrick Delaney, George Ellison, Jay Hobson, Robert Kaercher, Charles Schoenherr and Lee Wichman, McCabe, who will direct the production, announced casting today.City Lit has long been known for its adaptations and performances of Wodehouse’s writing and has produced 25 Wodehouse shows in its 37 seasons. Psmith, Journalist will be the company’s first adaptation of a Wodehouse novel in 12 years. Its protagonist is a monocle-wearing dandy who comes to New York, edits a newspaper, fights organized crime and loses his hat. Of his efforts, he has this to say: “the work is not light. Sometimes the cry goes round, ‘Can Psmith get through it all? Will his strength support his unquenchable spirit?’ But I stagger on. I do not repine.” The P that begins his name is silent (“as in pshrimp,” he helpfully points out), but he himself is not. He is wittily eloquent in any situation, always confident that, as he puts it, “with the aid of the Diplomatic Smile and the Honeyed Word I may manage to pull through.”

The design team for Psmith, Journalist includes Ray Toler (set design), Thomas K. Kieffer (costume design), Eric Watkins (lighting design), David Yondorf (fight choreographer) and Bronte DeShong (properties design).

For over thirty-six years, City Lit Theater has been “dedicated to the vitality and accessibility of the literary imagination. City Lit produces theatrical adaptations of literary material, scripted plays by language-oriented playwrights, and original material.”

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