Tony and Emmy Award winner Mary-Louise Parker will be joined by four-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein, Tony Award winner Victoria Clark, Evan Jonigkeit (Really Really, High), Brian Cross (Broadway debut), Christopher Innvar (The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess), and Jessica Love (Broadway debut).
THE SNOW GEESE begins rehearsals tomorrow, August 27 with previews starting Tuesday, October 1. This strictly limited 11 week engagement will open Thursday, October 24 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). Single tickets to THE SNOW GEESE will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, September 3.
With World War I raging abroad, newly widowed Elizabeth Gaesling (Mary-Louise Parker) gathers her family for their annual shooting party to mark the opening of hunting season in rural, upstate New York. But Elizabeth is forced to confront a new reality as her carefree eldest son (Evan Jonigkeit) comes to terms with his impending deployment overseas and her younger son (Brian Cross) discovers that the father they all revered left them deeply in debt. Together, the family must let go of the life they’ve always known.
Tony winner Daniel Sullivan (Rabbit Hole, Proof) directs this stirring new play about a family waking up from their own personal Gilded Age as the world around them changes forever.
THE SNOW GEESE marks the second collaboration between MTC, MCC, and playwright Sharr White. This winter, MTC produced the acclaimed Broadway premiere of White’s play The Other Place, which had its world premiere at MCC Theater in 2011.
Parker returns to the Friedman stage where she previously starred in Craig Lucas’ Reckless for which she received a 2004 Tony Award nomination. THE SNOW GEESE also reunites Parker with Daniel Sullivan, who directed her in David Auburn’s Proof, for which both Parker and Sullivan received Tony Awards for their work.
The creative team for THE SNOW GEESE includes: John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Japhy Weideman (lighting design), Dan Moses Schreier (original music & sound design), Rocco DiSanti (projection design), Tom Watson (hair and wig design), Rick Sordelet (fight director), and Mimi Lieber (dances).
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past three decades, MTC productions have earned a total of 19 Tony Awards and six Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and two Off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include The Assembled Parties; Venus in Fur; Master Class; Good People; The Whipping Man; Time Stands Still; The Royal Family; Ruined; The American Plan; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; Translations; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt; Proof; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Love! Valour! Compassion!; A Small Family Business; Sylvia; Putting It Together; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain’t Misbehavin.’
MCC Theater– founded in 1986 as Manhattan Class Company – is driven by a mission to provoke conversations that have never happened and otherwise never would. Led by Artistic Directors Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, Will Cantler, and Executive Director Blake West, MCC fulfills its mission by producing new work that challenges artists and rewards audiences, and by nurturing the development of playwrights and students through a variety of literary and education programs. MCC currently produces its annual season at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street) and will open its own two-theater complex on West 52nd Street and 10th Avenue in 2016. Notable productions include The Other Place; Really Really; The Submission; The Pride; Fifty Words; Nixon’s Nixon; The Grey Zone; the Tony Award-winning Frozen; the Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit; the re-imagined production of the musical Carrie; and six plays by Playwright-in-Residence Neil LaBute, including Fat Pig and Reasons to Be Pretty.
Single tickets to THE SNOW GEESE will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, September 3. Subscriptions for MTC’s 2013-2014 seasonare available by calling (212) 399-3050 (Monday through Friday NOON – 10 PM, Saturday 3-6:30 PM) or online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.
· TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday at 7 PM; Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinee on Sunday at 2 PM. There will only be seven preview performances these first two weeks.
· MONDAY, OCTOBER 14 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday at 7 PM; Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
· MONDAY, OCTOBER 21 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27 (WEEK OF OPENING): Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM; Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. The curtain time for the opening night performance on Thursday will be announced shortly.
· MONDAY, OCTOBER 28 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3 (WEEK OF HALLOWEEN): Tuesday at 7 PM; Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 PM; Thursday at 8:30 PM (Halloween). Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
· MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM; Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note the matinee on Wednesday, November 20 will not be on sale to the general public.
· MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1 (WEEK OF THANKSGIVING): Monday through Wednesday at 7 PM; Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM. There will be no performance on Thursday of this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
· MONDAY, DECEMBER 2 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM; Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
SHARR WHITE (Playwright). White’s plays include The Other Place (Broadway with Manhattan Theatre Club, Off-Broadway with MCC Theater); Annapurna (The Magic Theatre); Sunlight (National New Play Network Rolling Premiere); Six Years (Humana Festival of New American Plays). Honors include the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation’s Theatre Visions Fund Award and the Playwrights First Award (The Other Place); The Skye Cooper New American Play Prize (Sunlight, through Marin Theatre Company); and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. The Snow Geese was originally completed during a residency at the Cape Cod Theatre Project.
DANIEL SULLIVAN (Director). For Manhattan Theatre Club, Sullivan directed The Columnist, Good People, Time Stands Still, Accent on Youth, Rabbit Hole, After the Night and the Music, Brooklyn Boy, Sight Unseen, Proof (Tony Award for Best Director). At the Delacorte Theatre, he directed A Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, All's Well That Ends Well, The Merchant Of Venice, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merry Wives Of Windsor. Among his Broadway credits are Orphans, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Homecoming, Prelude to a Kiss, Julius Caesar, I’m Not Rappaport, Morning’s at Seven,the 2000 production of A Moon for the Misbegotten, Ah, Wilderness!, The Sisters Rosensweig, Conversations with my Father,and The Heidi Chronicles. Among his Off-Broadway credits are Stuff Happens, The Night Watcher, Intimate Apparel, Far East, Spinning into Butter, Dinner with Friends,and The Substance of Fire.From 1981 to 1997, he served as artistic director of Seattle Repertory Theatre. Sullivan is the Swanlund Professor of Theatre at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
MARY-LOUISE PARKER (Elizabeth Gaesling). Parker’s work in Showtime’s “Weeds” earned her the Golden Globe Award, as well as four Golden Globe nominations, the Satellite award, along with five nominations, three Emmy nominations, and six SAG nominations. Parker’s work in Mike Nichols’ “Angels in America” garnered her an Emmy award and the Golden Globe Award; and her work on “The West Wing” and in TV movie “The Robber Bride” were recognized with Emmy nominations, the latter winning her a Gemini Award. For the small screen she also starred in “Sugartime,” “Saint Maybe,” “A Place for Annie,” “Vinegar Hill,” and Parker will next be seen in the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, “Christmas in Conway” airing in December.
Audiences most recently saw Parker on the big screen in the action-comedy R.I.P.D. starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges, and Red 2 the sequel to the hit film Red with Bruce Willis and John Malkovich. Her upcoming feature films include; Jamesy Boy and Behaving Badly.
Parker made her Broadway debut in Prelude To A Kiss, garnering a Tony Award nomination, a Theatre World Award, the Clarence Derwent Award, and a Drama Desk nomination. She originated the role of ‘Li’l Bit’ in How I Learned To Drive, which earned her an Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award, and an Outer Critics Circle nomination. Her performance in Proof earned her the 2001 Tony Award, as well as the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Lucille Lortel, Obie, New York Magazine Award, and the T. Schreiber Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre. She also starred in Reckless, for which she received her third Tony Award nomination. In 2008, Parker starred in Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and was most recently seen in the Broadway revival of Hedda Gabler and in additional regional theatre productions across the country.
Parker’s film work includes the dark Christian comedy Saved!, Romance & Cigarettes, written and directed by John Turturro and produced by the Coen Brothers. Parker is known widely for her starring roles in Longtime Companion, Grand Canyon, Fried Green Tomatoes, Naked In New York, The Client, Bullets Over Broadway, Boys On The Side, Reckless, The Five Senses, for which she was nominated for a Genie Award, Pipe Dream, Red Dragon, The Best Thief In The World, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Solitary Man and Howl.
Parker is currently a contributing writer for Esquire Magazine. She won the Robert Brustein Award for ‘Excellence in Theater’ and the Philadelphia Film Festival Award for ‘Career Achievement’ and was recently awarded Steppenwolf theaters’ ‘Excellence in the Arts.’ Her personal and professional belongings, along with career memorabilia, are archived at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.
DANNY BURSTEIN (Max Hohmann). Broadway: Golden Boy (2013 Tony and Outer Critics Circle nominations); Follies (2012 Tony nomination; Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards); Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown; South Pacific (Tony and Drama Desk nominations, Outer Critics Circle Award); The Drowsy Chaperone (Tony and Ovation Award nominations); Saint Joan; The Seagull; Three Men on a Horse; A Little Hotel on the Side; The Flowering Peach; A Class Act; Titanic and Company. Off-Broadway includes: Talley’s Folly (Drama League and Lucille Lortel nominations); Mrs. Farnsworth; Psych; All in the Timing; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; Merrily We Roll Along; Weird Romance. Film/TV includes: Lolly Steinman on “Boardwalk Empire,” “Nor'easter,” “Construction,” “Louie,” “Transamerica,” “Absolutely Fabulous,” “Ed,” all the “Law & Order” series, “Hope & Faith,” “Deception,” and the upcoming films Trust, Greed, Beer and Bourbon, Affluenza and Milkshake. Danny will be making his Metropolitan Opera debut this season as ‘Frosch’ in the Jeremy Sams/Douglas Carter Beane production of Die Fledermaus.
VICTORIA CLARK (Clarissa Hohmann). Broadway: Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for The Light in the Piazza; Sister Act (Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle nominations); Cinderella (Tony and Outer Critics Circle Nominations); Titanic; How to Succeed…; Urinetown; Cabaret; Guys and Doll;, A Grand Night for Singing; Sunday in the Park With George. Encores!: Follies, Juno, Bye Bye Birdie. Off-Broadway: When The Rain Stops Falling (Drama Desk nomination), A Prayer for My Enemy, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, The Agony and the Agony, Marathon Dancing. Follies (LA). Film: Harvest, The Happening, Tickling Leo, Main Street, Cradle Will Rock. Television: “Law & Order,” “Mercy,” Ma Joad in “The Grapes of Wrath” at Carnegie Hall; frequent appearances with symphony orchestras, including New York Philharmonic. One-woman show (available for hire!); Master Teacher: U.S. and abroad. Board member: New York City Center and Kurt Weill Foundation. Thank you Michael Howard and Beret Arcaya. Favorite role: T.L.’s mom.
EVAN JONIGKEIT (Duncan Gaesling) established his love of the performing arts at Temple University in Philadelphia. There he became deeply entrenched in the theater community while earning his degree, taking acting and directing classes as well as auditioning and acting in shows that challenged him. Upon college graduation, Jonigkeit stayed in Philadelphia, where he completed an internship with Pig Iron Theatre Company. It was the opportunity at Pig Iron that introduced him to avant-garde theatre and brought him to Scotland, for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Jonigkeit has since worked extensively in regional theatre productions including: Romeo and Juliet, The History Boys (Arden Theatre Company); Never the Sinner, Misanthrope (Mauckingbird Theatre Company); A Streetcar Named Desire, Dishwashers, Natural History (Walnut Street Theatre); The Glass Menagerie, Rose Tattoo and the east coast premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Tibet Through the Red Box (Cape Rep Theatre); and Pay Up (Pig Iron Theatre Company), among others. TV/film work while in Philadelphia includes: Calendar Girl Killer, The Gift, Fox Television's Amazing Sport Stories, along with other independent films. As an actor, Jonigkeit has been nominated for a number of prestigious theatre awards including: Barrymore Awards, Ernie Award. Wins: Kevin Kline Award and Connecticut Critics Circle Award. In 2011, Jonigkeit landed a starring role opposite Kathleen Turner in the Broadway production of High for which he received an Outer Critics Circle Nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play. Since then, Jonigkeit has been featured in Off-Broadway plays including Harrison TX (Primary Stages), and most recently, Jonigkeit co-starred in the popular Off-Broadway show Really, Really (MCC).
BRIAN CROSS (Arnold Gaesling) will be making his Broadway debut in The Snow Geese at Manhattan Theatre Club. New York Theater credits include: Yermedea RAW (La Mama ETC), Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights (3LD Theatre). Television: “Unforgettable” (CBS). Brian grew up in Pelham, NY and is a graduate of Brown University, where he received a BA in Economics and the Weston Fine Arts Award for Acting.
CHRISTOPHER INNVAR (Theodore Gaesling). Broadway: The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, The People In The Picture, 110 In The Shade, The Three Penny Opera, Les Misérables, Victor/Victoria. Off-Broadway: Harper Regan (Atlantic); The Witch of Edmonton (Red Bull); The Boys In The Band (Transport Group); Floyd Collins, Gun-Shy (Playwright's Horizons); A New Brain (Lincoln Center); Time and Again (MTC); Eight Days Backwards (Vineyard); The Chemistry Of Change (The Women's Project). Regional: Steppenwolf, Guthrie, Barrington Stage Co (Associate Artist), Yale Rep, Long Wharf, McCarter, Wilma, Shakespeare Theatre Co. Director: BSC- Mark St Germain's Collyer Brothers At Home/Period Piece, Matthew Lopez's The Whipping Man. TV/Film: “The Following,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order(s),” “Gravity,” “Third Watch,” “Spin City,” Don't Mess With The Zohan, Prime, Rock the Paint.
JESSICA LOVE (Viktorya Gryaznoy). New York: Bottom of the World, Zoe Kazan's We Live Here (u/s) and Craig Wright's Grace (u/s). Regionally: When Tang Met Laika (world premiere) and Map of Heaven dir. Evan Cabnet(Westword Best Supporting Actress, Henry Nominee) at The Denver Center; Anna Chrystie dir. Danny Goldstein at The Old Globe; and Bachelorette at The Studio Theater. Jessica studied at Juilliard (group 38!), and this is Jessica's Broadway debut.
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