Real life couple Nick Offerman and Megan Mullaly are joining the Off-Broadway scene to star in the New York premiere of the Sharr White drama Annapurna. Performances are set to begin April 13, 2014 at Acorn Theatre on Theatre Row. It is expected to play a limited engagement through June 1, 2014.
Offerman and Mullaly are well known in the acting world. Some of Offerman’s film and television credits include Axe Cop, 21 Jump Street, Childrens Hospital, We’re the Millers and Sin City, as well as a role as Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation. Mullaly is probably best known for her role as Karen on Will & Grace, however her film and television credits include Childrens Hospital, Bee Movie, The Kings of Summer and Bob’s Burgers. She has also been in the Broadway productions of Young Frankenstein, Grease, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Mullally and Offerman will reprise their roles in the new play after starring in the two-person drama at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles in April 2013. This won’t be the first time the pair have played spouses. Mullally regularly appears as Ron Swanson’s ex-wife Tammy on TV’s Parks and Recreation.
Annapurna is directed by Bart DeLorenzo. It tells the story of Emma (Mullally), who walked out on her husband, cowboy-poet Ulysses (Offerman) in the middle of the night. Now hearing he’s in dire straits, she tracks him down in the wilds of Colorado in a grungy trailer, working on his magnum opus, hooked up to an oxygen tank and cooking in the buff. Their reunion, charged by rage and compassion, brings back the best and worst of their former bond.
The Los Angeles Times describes the show as “a lovely theatrical construct from the ground up.” They go on to say, “From White’s poignant script, to Bart DeLorenzo’s faultless direction, to Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman’s beautifully centered performances; the show is [wonderfully constructed].”