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Full casting announced for MOTHER OF HIM at Park200

Mother of Him Full casting has been announced for Evan Placey’s award-winning drama Mother of Him, which opens at Park Theatre on 18 September running until 26 October, with press night on Tuesday 24 September at 19.00 in Park200.

Joining the previously announced Tracy-Ann Oberman (Brenda Kapowitz) in this powerful and provocative play inspired by true events, is Scott Folan (Matthew Kapowitz), Simon Hepworth (Robert Rosenberg), Anjelica Serra (Jessica/Tess), Neil Sheffield (Steven), Hari Aggarwal and Matt Goldberg (Jason Kapowitz).

Mother of Him is directed by Max Lindsay, with designs by Lee Newby, lighting by Ali Hunter and sound by Fergus O’Hare.

A child accused. A mother conflicted. Is love really unconditional?

December. Toronto. It’s cold.

Brenda, a single Jewish mother sends her youngest son, Jason, off to school. His elder brother remains asleep upstairs. This could be a day like any other, if older brother Matthew wasn't under house arrest.

Pursued by the media and tormented by guilt, Brenda tries to hold her family together as the world is set to tear them apart.

Mother of Him is produced by Jacob Thomas and Oliver Mackwood Productions in association with Park Theatre, and follows Oliver’s past Park Theatre hits, The Life I Lead, Pressure and Madame Rubinstein.

Hari Aggarwal (Jason Kapowitz) is currently attending the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. Hari’s previous credits include: Macbeth (RSC/Barbican) and Matt Simons’ We Can Do Better music video.

Scott Folan’s (Matthew Kapowitz) stage credits include: This Is My Family (Chichester Festival Theatre), Damned By Despair (National Theatre), Sunday In The Park With George (The Other Palace) and Spring Awakening (Leicester Curve). Scott’s screen credits include: Nativity 2: Danger In The Manger, Brotherhood, Dixi4, Blinded By The Light, Breathless, Café Afrik and Outside Bet. Scott is also an emerging singer-songwriter who writes in a Pop-Folk style. His music can be found on all major music platforms including Spotify and Apple Music or from his social media platforms under the tag @scott_folan.

Matt Goldberg’s (Jason Kapowitz) attends University Collage School, Hampstead and the Sylvia Young Theatre School. Matt’s previous credits include: Oresteia (Trafalgar Studios), short film At Arms Length and video game Aegyptus.

Simon Hepworth’s (Robert Rosenberg) stage credits include: Equus (Trafalgar Studios), Absolute Hell (National Theatre), Antony & Cleopatra (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Lion in Winter (Theatre Royal Haymarket), King Lear (Guildford Shakespeare Company), Joe & I (King’s Head), The Rivals (Compass Theatre Company), A Midsummer Night’s Dreamand Macbeth (Arundel Festival and UK Tour), Twelfth Night (Bristol Old Vic), The Winter’s Tale, The Glass Menagerie and The Deep Blue Sea (Royal & Derngate, Northampton), John Cleese’s Bang Bang, Romeo and Juliet, Burn This, Tartuffe and My Cousin Rachel (Mercury Theatre, Colchester); Mario And The Magician (Almeida Theatre), the Agatha Christie Theatre Festival 2001 (Palace, Westcliff), The Best Man (UK Tour), Blood Brothers (UK Tour)and The Hollow (UK Tour). Simon’s screen credits include: Endeavour, Fearless, EastEnders, Foyle’s War, Casualty, Law And Order UK, Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Doctors, Lynda la Plante’s Trial And Retribution, Wire In The Blood, Wallis And Edward, Inspector Morse – The Remorseful Day, The Royal, The Bill, Bliss, Bodyguards, Departures, Ruth Rendell’s Thonapple, The Young Indianna Jones Chronicles, Walking With The Enemy, Sink, Love’s Kitchen, 47 Cleveland, The Holly Kane Experiment, Tezz and The Walker.

Tracy-Ann Oberman’s (Brenda Kapowitz) stage credits include: Party Time/Celebration (Harold Pinter Theatre), Pack of Lies (Menier Chocolate Factory), Present Laughter, Fiddler On The Roof and Saturday, Sunday… & Monday (all at Chichester Festival Theatre), Loot and Two (Chichester Minerva Theatre and Vaudeville Theatre), Stepping Out (Vaudeville Theatre and UK Tour), McQueen (St James Theatre and Theatre Royal Haymarket), Godchild, Old Money and On The Rocks (all at Hampstead Theatre), Earthquakes in London (National Theatre), Absurd Person Singular (Leicester Curve Theatre), Boeing Boeing (Comedy Theatre), The Oak Tree and School Play (both at Soho Theatre), Edmond and Waiting for Leftie (both at National Theatre), Hello Goodbye (Southwark Playhouse), A Call In The Night (West Yorkshire Playhouse), A Christmas Carol, The Changeling, Tamburlaine, The Beggers Opera, A Jovial Crew and Macbeth (Royal Shakespeare Company).

Tracey’s screen credits include: Code 404, Dad’s Army, Afterlife, Zapped, Hoff The Record, Friday Night Dinner, Toast Of London, Siblings, Tracey Breaks The News, Doctor Who, Father Brown, New Tricks, Crims, The Way It Is, Happiness, 15 Stories High, Harringham Harker, Mistresses, Robin Hood, Summerhill, Sorted, Sadie Jones, Tracy Beaker Returns, Best of Men, EastEnders, Comedy Playhouse, Marion and Goff, The Last Detective, Murder in Suburbia, Where The Heart Is, The Cow, Filth, Bob Martin, M.I. High, Monroe, Waterloo Road, Big Train, Where’s Anne Frank, The Casanova Variations, Hector & The Search for Happiness, The Funeral, Filth, Wall, Girl Number 9, The Infidel, The Early Days, Supertex, Killing Time and Hope Machine.

Anjelica Serra’s (Jessica/Tess) stage credits include: The Suppliant Women, And Yet It Moves and The American Dream 2.0 (all at the Young Vic) and Connections (Theatre 503). Anjelica’s screen credits include:The Power, Dormitory andMichelle.

Neil Sheffield’s (Steven) stage credits include: Tracing Grace (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Bud (Arts Theatre), Cross (The Vaults), How To Think The Unthinkable (Unicorn Theatre), Less Than Kind (UK Tour), Therese Raquin (Riverside Studios), The Wind in the Willows (London Palladium/UK Tour), The Trials of Brendan Behan (Irish Centre), Golden Boy (West Yorkshire Playhouse/UK Tour), Anna Christie (Riverside Studios), The Cockroach Dialogues (Theatre 503), The Marriage (The Lyric, Belfast), The City Club (The Pleasance), A Christmas Tale (Bristol Old Vic), Dracula (Hackney Empire), The Seagull (Moscow Arts Theatre) and Macbeth (Union Theatre and Riverside Studios). Neil’s screen credits include: Catch Me If You Can, Reality Check, The Demon Headmaster, Alive, The Projectionist, Witchcraft X, The Retreat and Cash in Hand.

Max Lindsay’s directing credits include: Ripped (Underbelly, Edinburgh), Angry (Southwark Playhouse), Foreign Goods 2 and Broken Gargoyles (Theatre503), Consensual, The Odyssey, Girls Like That, Henry IV, His Dark Materials, The Laramie Project Circle, The Wardrobe, Feathers In The Snow, Great Expectations, The Three Musketeers and Cymbeline (Nuffield Theatre), Someone To Blame (Kings Head Theatre/Nuffield Theatre), Jimmy Jimmy (Omnibus Clapham), The Best Christmas Present (The Playing Field) and The Voyage Of Lost Dreams (SS Shieldhall). Max’s Associate Director credits include: Cargo (UK Tour) and We Are Here (National Theatre), and as Assistant Director: random/generations, Me and My Girland The Midnight Gang (Chichester Festival Theatre), Snow White And The Seven Dwarves (Theatre Royal Plymouth), Cargo (Arcola London) and The Nutcracker (Nuffield Theatre). Max was Resident Assistant Director at Chichester Festival Theatre for Festival 2018 where he assisted Tinuke Craig, Dale Rooks and Daniel Evans. He was previously at Nuffield Southampton Theatres.

Evan Placey is a Canadian-British playwright and screenwriter who grew up in Toronto and now lives in London. His work for adults and young audiences has been produced internationally and translated into multiple languages. His debut play Mother of Himwon the King's Cross Award for New Writing, Canada's RBC National Playwriting Competition (Tarragon), and the Samuel French Canadian Play Contest, and was shortlisted for the Meyer Whitworth Award and the Rod Hall Memorial Award. It was adapted for BBC Radio 3. Evan won the Brian Way Award for Holloway Jones (Synergy Theatre/Unicorn), while Girls Like That (Birmingham REP/Plymouth Drum/West Yorkshire Playhouse & Synergy/Unicorn) won the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Play for Young Audiences, the Scenic Youth Prize and the Orpheon Bibliotheque Prize for Contemporary Theatre for Young Audiences in France and the Jugend Theatre Preis Baden-Wurttemberg in Germany. Scarberia (Young People’s Theatre, Toronto) was nominated for 5 Dora Awards in Canada. Other plays include:Consensual (NYT/West End); Jekyll & Hyde (NYT/West End & Birmingham REP); Orange Polar Bear (Birmingham REP/National Theatre Company of Korea); Keepy Uppy (tutti frutti/UK tour), Consensual (NYT/West End) Pronoun (National Theatre), WiLd! (tutti/frutti UK tour), Little Criminals (Polka Theatre/Plymouth Drum/York Theatre Royal), How Was It For You? (Unicorn) and Banana Boys (Hampstead Theatre). Evan is Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Southampton, and also teaches playwriting for the National Theatre, Arvon, and in prisons.

Park Theatre is fast becoming recognised as a powerhouse of theatre. In six years, it has enjoyed eight West End transfers (including Daytona starring Maureen Lipman, The Boys in the Band starring Mark Gatiss and Pressure starring David Haig), two National Theatre transfers, twenty five national tours, four Olivier Award nominations, won Offie Awards for Best New Play and Best Foodie Experience and won a Theatre of the Year award from The Stage.