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Manhattan Theatre Club Announces Complete Casting for WIT

Manhattan Theatre Club

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB

ANNOUNCES FULL CASTING FOR BROADWAY PREMIERE OF

WIT

BY MARGARET EDSON

DIRECTED BY LYNNE MEADOW

TONY AND EMMY AWARD WINNER CYNTHIA NIXON

TO BE JOINED BY
PUN BANDHU, SUZANNE BERTISH, MICHAEL COUNTRYMAN, JESSICA DICKEY,
CHIKÉ JOHNSON, GREG KELLER, CARRA PATTERSON, ZACHARY SPICERj

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Manhattan Theatre Club is pleased to announce full casting for the upcoming Broadway premiere of the Pulitzer Prize winning play WIT, by Margaret Edson, directed by Lynne Meadow.

{module ad_left_body}Joining Tony and Emmy Award winner Cynthia Nixon as ‘Vivian Bearing’ will be Pun Bandhu (Technician), Olivier Award winner Suzanne Bertish (E.M. Ashford), Michael Countryman (Harvey Kelekian/Mr. Bearing), Jessica Dickey (Technician), Chiké Johnson (Technician), Greg Keller (Jason Posner), Carra Patterson (Susie Monahan), and Zachary Spicer (Technician).

The limited engagement of WIT will begin previews Thursday, January 5 and open Thursday, January 26 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). Tickets are currently on sale through Sunday, March 11.

Exquisitely written, affecting and often humorous, WIT follows a brilliant and exacting poetry professor (Tony and Emmy Award winner Cynthia Nixon) as she undergoes experimental treatment for cancer. A scholar who devoted her life to academia, she must now face the irony and injustice of becoming the subject of research.

WIT had its New York premiere in 1998 receiving universal acclaim and ran Off-Broadway for over 500 performances. It was the most honored play of the season garnering the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was named Best Play by the New York Drama Critic Circle, the Drama Desk Awards, the Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League, and the Lucille Lortel Awards.

The creative team for WIT includes: Santo Loquasto (scenic design), Jennifer von Mayrhauser (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), and Jill BC Du Boff (sound design).

Tickets for WIT are available by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200, online by visiting www.Telecharge.com, or by visiting the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street). Ticket prices are $57 – $116.

For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE FOR WIT:

Please note, WIT is dark on Mondays:

·       THURSDAY, JANUARY 5 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 8: Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinee on Sunday at 2 PM.

·       MONDAY, JANUARY 9 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 22: Tuesday and Sunday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

·       MONDAY, JANUARY 23 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 29: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note that there are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.

·       MONDAY, JANUARY 30 – SUNDAY, MARCH 4: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

·       MONDAY, MARCH 5 – SUNDAY, MARCH 11: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note that there are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.

BIOGRAPHIES

MARGARET EDSON (Playwright) was born in Washington, DC in 1961. Between earning degrees in history and literature, she worked in the cancer and AIDS inpatient unit of a research hospital. Wit, her first and only play, was written in 1991. It received its first production in 1995 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1999. The HBO production won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie in 2001. The play has received hundreds of productions in dozens of languages and is taught in classes ranging from high-school English to medical ethics. Edson is in her 19th year as a public school teacher. After many years teaching kindergarten, she currently teaches sixth grade social studies at Inman Middle School in Atlanta. She and her partner Linda Merrill are the proud parents of two sons, Tim, 11, and Pete, 9.

LYNNE MEADOW (Director) has been the visionary and artistic leader of Manhattan Theatre Club since 1972, creating work that has put the company at the forefront of the American theatre. Lynne has overseen hundreds of world, US and New York premieres; directed dozens of new plays on and off Broadway by America's and England's finest playwrights; and accepted every major theatre award, (Tonys, Drama Desks, Obies, etc.) on behalf of the company.

Her shows as a director include: Donald Margulies’ Collected Stories on Broadway; the 2001 Tony Award-nominated production of The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife on Broadway, at MTC; the Broadway production of A Small Family Business; Donald Margulies’ The Loman Family Picnic, Off-Broadway; Alan Ayckbourn’s award-winning Woman in Mind and Absent Friends; the Obie Award-winning Ashes by David Rudkin; Charles Busch’s Our Leading Lady; David Greig’s The American Pilot; Ron Hutchinson’s Moonlight and Magnolias; Marsha Norman’s Last Dance; David Edgar’s The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs; Principia Scriptoriae; Lee Blessing’s Eleemosynary; Biography; Simon Gray’s Close of Play and Sally and Marsha.

Some of the world and New York premieres produced under her artistic direction include, the Fats Waller musical, Ain't Misbehavin' ; Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart (Pulitzer Prize) and The Miss Firecracker Contest; Richard Greenberg’s Eastern Standard; Stephen Sondheim’s Putting It Together; Athol Fugard’s Playland; Charlayne Woodard’s  Pretty Fire; Terrence McNally’s Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony Award for Best Play) and Lisbon Traviata; A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia; David Lindsay-Abaire’s Fuddy Meers, Rabbit Hole (Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award nomination for Best Play) and Good People; August Wilson’s King Hedley II; David Auburn’s Proof (Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play); Donald Margulies’ Sight Unseen (Pulitzer Prize finalist) and Time Stands Still; John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt (Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play); Alfred Uhry’s LoveMusik suggested by the letters of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya, Lynn Nottage’s Ruined (Pulitzer Prize); George S. Kaufman’s and Edna Ferber’s The Royal Family; Lee Hall’s The Pitmen Painters.

Lynne is a graduate of Bryn Mawr, and attended the Yale School of Drama. She has taught at Yale, Fordham, NYU, etc. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lee Reynolds Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women, the Manhattan Award from Manhattan Magazine, the Person of the Year from National Theatre Conference, the Margo Jones Award, the 2003 Mr. Abbott Award, and this past spring The Lucille Lortel Award for lifetime achievement and The Lilly Award for Lifetime Achievement.

PUN BANDHU (Technician) will be making his Broadway debut in Wit. He has worked Off-Broadway with numerous theatre companies including Ma-Yi Theatre, PS 122, Soho Rep., Pan Asian Rep, Target Margin Theatre and the Foundry Theatre among many others. Regional credits include: Clifford Odet's Big Knife (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Joanne Woodward, Dir.); the regional premiere of David Henry Hwang's Yellow Face (Theatreworks, Robert Kelley Dir.) and the world premiere productions of Theresa Rebeck's The Bells (McCarter Theatre Center, Emily Mann Dir.); A.R. Gurney's Far East (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Daniel Sullivan Dir.); Len Jenkin's The Birds (Yale Repertory Theatre, Chris Bayes Dir.); John Pielmiere's Voices in the Dark (George St. Playhouse, Chris Ashley Dir.); Matt Schatz's Tallest Building in the World (Luna Stage, Troy Miller Dir.); and Ken Weitzman's The Catch (Denver Theater Center, Lou Jacobs Dir., Winner Henry Award Best Supporting Actor 2011). TV: “White Collar,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Body of Proof,” “Law & Order,” “Without a Trace,” “Conviction,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “The Philanthropist,” “One Life to Live” (recurring ‘Arnold Perry’). Film: Michael Clayton, Burn After Reading. Upcoming: Two Days in New York starring Chris Rock. Training: MFA Yale School of Drama.

SUZANNE BERTISH (E.M. Ashford). Bertish’s mother is American, her father was British. Her American grandmother and her nine brother and sisters were all born on 57th Street in New York City. She first came to work in the New York theatre in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Nicholas Nickleby playing ‘Fanny Squeers,’ ‘Miss Snevellici,’ and ‘Peg Sliderskew.’ Other work in the New York theatre includes Skirmishes, The Art of Success with Tim Curry and Mary-Louise Parker, and The Memory of Water (all for MTC). Bertish also played ‘Rebekka West’ in Ibsen’s Rosmersholm with John Shea at La MaMa, ‘Herodias’ in Salome at Circle in the Square with Al Pacino, The Moliere Comedies directed by Michael Langham with Brian Bedford, Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, ‘Lady Vanity Lustforth’ in David Grimm's Measure for Pleasure directed by Peter DuBois at the Public Theatre, and most recently appeared at Playwrights Horizons in Kin by Bathsheba Doran directed by Sam Gold. Suzanne also appeared in The Vortex with Rupert Everett at the Doolittle in L.A., ‘Cleopatra’ in Michael Kahn's production of Antony and Cleopatra in Washington D.C. and ‘Mrs. Warren’ in Emily Mann's production of Mrs. Warren's Profession at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton. Work in London includes ‘Ophelia’ in Derek Jacobi's Hamlet at the Old Vic, ‘Masha’ in Trevor Nunn's production of Three Sisters with Roger Rees and Ian Mckellen, Yukio Ninagowa's production of Tango at the End of Winter with Alan Rickman in the West End, ‘Regan’ in Anthony Hopkins’ King Lear directed by David Hare at the National Theatre, ‘Jocasta’ in The Oedipus Plays directed by Peter Hall at the National Theatre, Les Liason Dangereuse in the West End, An Inspector Calls directed by Stephen Daldry in the West End, ‘Gertrude’ in Paul Rhys' Hamlet at the Young Vic, and The Cherry Orchard with Vanessa Redgrave and Corin Redgrave at the National, directed by Trevor Nunn. 

Television includes: “Absolutely Fabulous,” “Inspector Morse,” “To The Lighthouse,” “Three Sisters,” “Nicholas Nickleby,” “The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone” for Showtime, “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” “The Grid” for TNT, “Poirot,” “The Secret Diary Of a Call Girl,” “Mr. Bean,” and 14 episodes of HBO's “Rome.”Movies include: Hanover Street, The Hunger, Hearts of Fire, Henry Jaglom's Venice/ Venice, Thirteenth Warrior, The Upside of Anger, and W.E. Suzanne has done numerous radios, documentary narrations, books on tape and has taught at various drama schools. Awards: Olivier Award for Nicholas Nickleby and Three Sisters, the Clarence Derwent Award for Hamlet, a Theatre World Award for Skirmishes, and a Tony nomination for The Moliere Comedies.

MICHAEL COUNTRYMAN (Harvey Kelekian/Mr. Bearing) has appeared on Broadway in Mary Stuart, Night Must Fall, Holiday, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, A Few Good Men, and Face Value. Numerous Off-Broadway credits include: Dancing at Lughnasa, Bluebird, The New York Idea, Equivocation, Shipwrecked!, Trumpery, The Butcher Of Baraboo, Mary Rose, Dedication, The Bald Soprano, The Stendhal Syndrome, House and Garden, The Clearing, Nine Armenians, All In The Timing, and a Drama Desk nomination for both The Common Pursuit and Out. Regional credits include world and American premieres at Hartford Stage, McCarter, George Street Playhouse, the Guthrie and Long Wharf Theatre. Countryman has appeared in the films Burn after Reading, P.S. I Love You, Che, The Namesake, The Squid and the Whale, Loopy, The Black Knight, You Can Count on Me, Ransom, Deceived, and Eavesdrop. On television, he has appeared in: “John Adams,” “The Sopranos,” “NYPD Blue,” “Law & Order,” “Third Watch,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Notes for My Daughter” and “Kate and Allie,” among others.

JESSICA DICKEY (Technician) will make her Broadway debut with Wit and was previously in MTC's Iron.  She is most known for her one-woman show The Amish Project, which made its critically acclaimed world premiere at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater after a run at Cherry Lane and the New York Fringe Festival. Other credits include the Lifetime movie “Amish Grace,”the indie film Dogs Lie, several episodes of “Law & Order,” “The Education of Max Bickford,” and the pilot “Cop Shop,” the Off-Broadway revival of The Fourposter with Keen Company, Three Sisters at the Denver Center, Our Town at Dallas Theatre Center, Magnetic North at Portland Stage Company, and multiple productions with the Huntington, George Street Playhouse and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Jessica is also a playwright. Her debut play The Amish Project has been produced all over the world and is published by Samuel French. Her play Row After Row is published by Indie Theatre Now, and her new play Charles Ives Take Me Home will be produced by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in their 2012-13 season.  www.jessicadickey.com

CHIKÉ JOHNSON (Technician) was last seen in Arena Stage’s world premiere of A Time to Kill. He was also in N.Y. City Center’s Encores production of Lost in the Stars and Manhattan Theatre Club’s Off-Broadway production of Ruined. Regional credits include: Court Theatre’s Sizwe Banzi is Dead; Steppenwolf’s The Crucible, The Unmentionables, and Huck Finn; a revival of The Unmentionables at Yale Rep; ‘Lincoln’ in Topdog/Underdog at Renaissance Theaterworks; ‘Duke of Cornwall’ in King Lear at Milwaukee Rep; ‘Cephus Miles’ in Home at In Tandem Theatre; ‘Willie’ in Master Harold… and the boys at Chamber Theatre; and ‘Martin Luther King Jr.’ in Smoldering Fires at First Stage Children’s Theater. TV: “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” the ‘Bucket Guy’ for Verizon High-Speed Internet commercials, and “Prison Break” on Fox. Film: Ass Backwards, Friends with Benefits, The Machinist, and El Traje. Chiké is originally from Milwaukee and shares his life with his beautiful wife Malkia and their three wonderful children: Kwasi, Nafia and Zaria.

GREG KELLER (Jason Posner). Credits include Belleville (Yale Rep), Cradle and All (Manhattan Theatre Club), 33 Variations (with Jane Fonda at the Ahmanson Theatre in LA), The Seagull (with Dianne Wiest and Alan Cumming at Classic Stage Company), Smudge (Women's Project), and That Pretty Pretty (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater). His regional credits include productions at the Denver Center, Arena Stage, Florida Stage, and eight plays at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. Greg holds an MFA in acting from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and was a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow at the Juilliard School, where he was a two-time Lecomte du Nouy Prize winner. His plays have been produced at the Cherry Lane Theatre, LAByrinth Theater Company, and Berkshire Theatre Festival. Born and raised in Manhattan, Greg is a member of LAByrinth Theater Company and Partial Comfort Productions. 

CYNTHIA NIXON (Vivian Bearing, Ph.D.). Emmy and Tony Award winner Cynthia Nixon has been a critically acclaimed and sought after actress since the age of 12. Nixon will next appear in the film Rampart with Anne Heche and Woody Harrelson. She will also reprise her guest starring role on season two of Showtime’s critically acclaimed hit “The Big C” opposite Laura Linney.

Nixon last played Michele Davis in Curtis Hanson’s “Too Big to Fail” for HBO, a story about the collapse of Wall Street and the financial crisis of 2008 in which a group of powerbrokers decide the fate of the world’s economy in a matter of a few weeks. The telepic also stars James Woods, Paul Giamatti and William Hurt. Prior to that Nixon starred in the sequel to New Line's 2008 summer blockbuster Sex and the City: the Movie, which was released on May 27, 2010. She also recently played in Richard Laxton's An Englishman in New York opposite John Hurt. Beforehand, she appeared in Derick and Steven Martini’s film Lymelife along with Alec Baldwin and Timothy Hutton and played opposite John Leguizamo in The Babysitters, which premiered at the 2008 The Tribeca Film Festival. Nixon was seen in New Regency's feature Little Manhattan as well as in Alex Steyermark's One Last Thing, which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival and was screened at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. The actress starred in HBO’s telepic “Warm Springs,” in which she plays Eleanor Roosevelt opposite Kenneth Branagh's Franklin Roosevelt. This role earned Nixon a Golden Globe nomination, a SAG Award nomination, and an Emmy nomination. In 2004 she starred in the mini-series “Tanner on Tanner,” directed by Robert Altman and written by Garry Trudeau, a sequel to “Tanner ’88.”

For six seasons Nixon starred as ‘Miranda Hobbes’ in HBO's much celebrated series, “Sex and the City,” a role that garnered her an Emmy Award in 2004 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, two other Emmy nominations, and four consecutive Golden Globe nominations. Nixon was honored with the 2001 and 2004 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

Nixon was most recently seen onstage as ‘Mama’ in Lisa Loomer’s Off-Broadway play Distracted, which was directed by Mark Brokaw for the Roundabout Theatre. Nixon’s performance earned her a Drama League nomination. Prior to that she performed the title role of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. In 2006 the actress completed a successful run in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize winning play Rabbit Hole for which she won the Tony Award for Best Actress, as well as earned a Drama League nomination and an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination. Prior to that, she performed on Broadway as ‘Mary Haines’ in The Roundabout's revival of The Women, which was also broadcast on PBS’ “Stage to Screen” series. Nixon won a Theatre World Award at 14 for her stage debut as ‘Dinah Lord’ in Ellis Rabb’s production of The Philadelphia Story at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater. At 15, she was directed by acclaimed filmmaker Louis Malle in the title role of John Guare’s Lydie Breeze. Most remarkably, at age 18, she appeared simultaneously in two Broadway productions, David Rabe’s Hurlyburly and Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, both directed by Mike Nichols.

Nixon began her film career at age 12 with Ronald F. Maxwell’s Little Darlings and went on to appear in Sidney Lumet’s Prince of the City, Milos Forman’s Amadeus, Robert Altman’s O.C. & Stiggs, Marshall Brickman’s The Manhattan Project, Let it Ride, Addams Family Values, The Pelican Brief, John Hughes’ Baby’s Day Out, Marvin’s Room, The Out-of-Towners, Igby Goes Down, and Advice from a Caterpillar, based on the play by Douglas Carter Beane.

Nixon’s very first professional job was the ABC After-School Special “Seven Wishes of a Rich Kid,” costarring Butterfly McQueen. She went on to appear in PBS’s presentation of Mark Twain’s “Private History of a Campaign that Failed,” Lanford Wilson’s “Fifth of July” and Jonathan Marc Sherman’s “Women and Wallace” (the last two for “American Playhouse”).

She has most recently appeared on network television in a guest role on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” as well as on “Law & Order: SVU,” a role which earned her an Emmy Award for Guest Actress in a Drama Series. Additional appearances include “House,” “ER,” and “Papa’s Angels.” In 2009, Nixon was awarded a Best Spoken Word Album Grammy for her recording of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth.

Born and raised in New York City, Nixon attended Hunter College High School and has a degree in English Literature from Barnard College. She and her fiancée Christine live in New York City with their daughter, Samantha, and sons, Charlie and Max.

CARRA PATTERSON (Susie Monahan) is thrilled to make her Broadway debut in Wit. Theater credits include: Measure for Measure (Shakespeare in the Park), The Henry Box Brown Play (Tony Kushner), The Emperor Antony (Cleopatra), In the Red & Brown Water, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, The Wiz, Dancing at LughnasaFor Colored Girls…, and The Vagina Monologues. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting Program.

ZACHARY SPICER (Technician) is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut with MTC and such a wonderfully talented cast and crew on this powerful production. His theatrical credits include The Whipping Man (MTC), The Irish Play (Irish Rep), American Buffalo (Hartford TheaterWorks), and Anna Christie (Metropolitan Theater). His film and television credits include "Law & Order: SVU," "CSI:NY," "All My Children," "Pan Am," Something Like Reality, and The Gary Effect. Graduate of Indiana University and Circle in the Square Theater School. For Mom & Dad.

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