ACT ONE, James Lapine’s new play from the classic autobiography by Moss Hart, deemed one of the finest books about 20th-century American theater, eloquently chronicles the playwright/director’s impoverished childhood and his determined struggle to escape poverty and forge a career in the theater. A path which led to his collaboration with George S. Kaufman and their first great success, Once In a Lifetime. The company of sixteen actors will play multiple roles with Tony Shalhoub, Santino Fontana and Matthew Schechter playing Moss Hart at different stages of his life.
ACT ONE will have sets by Beowulf Boritt, costumes by Jane Greenwood, lighting by Ken Billington, sound by Dan Moses Schreier and original music by Louis Rosen.
James Lapine returns to LCT where he wrote the book for the musical A New Brain (with music and lyrics by William Finn) and directed his play Twelve Dreams. Director of the current HBO documentary Six By Sondheim, he collaborated with Stephen Sondheim as author and director on the musicals Sunday in the Park with George (Pulitzer Prize), Into the Woods, Passion (Tony Award) and the multi-media revue Sondheim on Sondheim. With William Finn he has also collaborated on March of the Falsettos and, Falsettoland (later presented on Broadway as Falsettos), Muscle and the current Little Miss Sunshine. On Broadway he also directed the current revival of the musical Annie, Golden Child, The Diary of Anne Frank, Amour and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. His other plays include Luck, Pluck and Virtue, The Moment When, Fran’s Bed and Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing.
After their first collaboration on Once In a Lifetime, Moss Hart continued his collaboration with George S. Kaufman on a series of now classic comedies which include The Man Who Came To Dinner and You Can’t Take It With You, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Hart’s solo works as a writer included the play Light Up The Sky, the book for the musical Lady in the Dark and the screenplays for the films Gentleman’s Agreement (Academy Award nomination), Hans Christian Andersen and the 1954 version of A Star Is Born which starred Judy Garland. As a director his credits include two legendary Broadway musicals – My Fair Lady and Camelot. Originally published in 1959, ACT ONE was an extremely popular memoir. The landmark work quickly reached the top of best-seller lists upon its publication and remained there for almost a year.
This spring, in addition to ACT ONE, Lincoln Center Theater will produce Anthony Giardina’s The City of Conversation, directed by Doug Hughes, beginning Thursday, April 10 in the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. The LCT3 presentation of Rude Mechs’ Stop Hitting Yourself begins performances Wednesday, January 15 in the Claire Tow Theater and will be followed later in the spring by LCT3’s third production of the season, Ayad Akhtar’s new play The Who and the What, directed by Kimberly Senior, beginning performances Saturday, May 31.
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BILL ARMY Broadway: Relatively Speaking. Off-Broadway: All’s Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, The Europeans, No End of Blame. Regional: The Call of the Wild, The Henry Box Brown Play, The Ruby Sunrise, Macbeth, Six Degrees of Separation.
WILL BRILL Off-Broadway: Tribes, Our Town. Regional: Tribes (Mark Taper Forum). Film: Muckland, Up the River, Beside Still Waters, King Kelly, Girls Against Boys, Not Fade Away, Crazy Glue and the Girl on the Fridge, Faith. TV: Louie.
LAUREL CASILLO Off-Broadway: Bryan and Kim, Breakfast, Don’t Step on the Cracks, What a Life. Regional: The Diary of Anne Frank, Black Comedy, A Shayna Maidel, You Are Cordially Invited. Film: The Call, Evil Things, Shifting.
CHUCK COOPER LCT: On The Levee (LCT3). Broadway: Romeo and Juliet; Caroline, or Change; Rumors; Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me; The Life (Tony Award). Many Off-Broadway credits include last season’s The Piano Lesson (Lucille Lortel Award). TV credits include House of Cards.
SANTINO FONTANA Broadway: Cinderella, The Importance of Being Earnest, A View From the Bridge, Brighton Beach Memoirs (Drama Desk Award), Billy Elliot, Sunday in the Park with George. Off-Broadway: Sons of the Prophet (Lucille Lortel and Obie Awards, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations), The Game of Love, The Fantasticks. Regional: Hay Fever (Old Globe) and many productions at the Guthrie Theater including Hamlet, As You Like It, Death of a Salesman, 6 Degrees of Separation. Film: Jack Ryan, Frozen, Nancy, Please. TV: Made in Jersey, A Gifted Man, Nurse Jackie, The Good Wife.
STEVEN KAPLAN Off-Broadway: Book Club (Barrow Group). Regional: Lost in Yonkers (Old Globe). Film: Beware the Gonzo, Bart Got A Room, Flutter Kick. TV: Smash, What Would You Do?, Law & Order.
WILL LeBOW Regional credits include over 50 productions at Boston’s ART including The Merchant of Venice; Endgame; No Exit; The Birthday Party; Bus Stop, How Shakespeare Won the West, The Cherry Orchard, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Rivals (Huntington Theatre Company); Once in a Lifetime (ACT/San Francisco). TV: Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist.
MIMI LIEBER Broadway: I’m Not Rappaport. Off-Broadway: Distracted (Roundabout Theatre Co.). National tour: The Heidi Chronicles. Regional: numerous productions at the Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, Huntington Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville. TV and Film: over 25 films and 60 TV series.
CHARLOTTE MAIER LCT: Dinner at Eight, A Delicate Balance, Abe Lincoln in Illinois. Broadway: The Columnist, God of Carnage, Inherit The Wind, Losing Louie, A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, Brooklyn Boy, Life X 3, Picnic, Arsenic and Old Lace. Off-Broadway includes The Madrid, Sons of the Prophet, Experiment with An Air Pump, The Last Yankee, Balm in Gilead. Film: Music and Lyrics by…, The Pink Panther, Two Weeks Notice, American Exquisite. TV: Elementary, Person of Interest, Boardwalk Empire, Law & Order: SVU.
ANDREA MARTIN LCT: My Favorite Year (Tony, Drama Desk, Theater World awards). Broadway: Pippin (Tony, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk awards), Exit the King (DD, OCC noms.), Young Frankenstein (Tony, DD noms.), Oklahoma (Tony, DD, OCC noms.), Candide (Tony, DD noms.). Tour: Final Days: Everything Must Go. Film/TV: The Producers, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, All Over the Guy, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Breaking Upwards, SCTV (two Emmy Awards).
DEBORAH OFFNER LCT: Everett Beekin. Off-Broadway: The Singing Forest; Danny and the Deep Blue Sea; Don Juan; The Merry Wives of Windsor; Say Goodnight, Gracie. Regional includes The Sisters Rosensweig (Huntington Theatre/Boston), Indiscretions, Sideman, The Normal Heart, Perestroika. Film: Black Swan, Hindsight, The Naked Brothers Band, Crossing Delancey. TV: Blue Bloods, Law & Order, Medium, CSI, Six Feet Under, ER, Party of Five.
MATTHEW SALDIVAR Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Wedding Singer, Grease. Off-Broadway: All in the Timing, Toxic Avenger: The Musical, Massacre, Julius Caesar, Timon of Athens, Henry IV, The Alchemist, June Moon. Regional credits include productions at the Shakespeare Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, New York Stage and Film, The Guthrie Theater. Film and TV credits include Savages, Tony and Tina’s Wedding, Law & Order, Day of the Vampires.
MATTHEW SCHECHTER Broadway: Richard III, Newsies, Mary Poppins, Waiting for Godot, Elf. TV: 30 Rock, Law & Order, A Gifted Man. NYC Opera: Tosca, Cavalleria Rusticana.
TONY SHALHOUB LCT: Golden Boy (Tony Award nomination). Broadway: Lend Me A Tenor, Conversations With My Father (Tony nom.), The Heidi Chronicles, The Odd Couple (Female Version). Off-Broadway: The Scene (Second Stage), Waiting for Godot, Rameau’s Nephew (CSC), Zero Positive (Public Theater). Regional: Rum & Coke, Progress, Measure for Measure, School for Scandal, The Old Neighborhood, Three Sisters. Film: Big Night, Barton Fink, The Siege, A Civil Action, Galaxy Quest, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Men in Black I and II, Made-Up, Feed The Fish, Cars I and II, The Great New Wonderful, Pain and Gain. TV: Wings, Monk. HBO: Too Big To Fail, Hemingway and Gellhorn.
BOB STILLMAN LCT: Hello Again. Broadway: Grey Gardens, Dirty Blonde (Tony nomination), Kiss of the Spider Woman, Grand Hotel, Sovenie, Leggs Diamond. Off-Broadway: As You Like It, Saturn Returns, The Last Session. Regional: Candide, Whistle Down the Wind. TV: Law & Order, The Guiding Light, Star Trek Voyager, Allegra’s Window.
AMY WARREN Broadway: August: Osage County. Off-Broadway: Melancholy Play, Schlemiel the First, Adding Machine: The Musical (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel nominations). Regional: many productions at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Second City. TV: The Good Wife, Boardwalk Empire, Law & Order.