The limited engagement will begin previews Wednesday, April 1, 2015 and open Thursday, April 23, 2015 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). Prior to coming to MTC, AIRLINE HIGHWAY will receive its world premiere at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Downstairs Theatre (December 4, 2014 – February 8, 2015).
In the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans’ infamous Airline Highway, a group of friends gather. A rag-tag collection of strippers, hustlers, and philosophers have come together to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, an iconic burlesque performer who has requested a funeral before she dies. The party rages through the night as old friends resurface to pay their respects. A world premiere from the author of Detroit, AIRLINE HIGHWAYis a boisterous and moving ode to the outcasts that make life a little more interesting.
Casting for the 15-person ensemble at Manhattan Theatre Club and creative team for the production will be announced in the coming weeks.
AIRLINE HIGHWAY was commissioned and developed by Steppenwolf Theatre Company with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
AIRLINE HIGHWAY is presented as part of MTC’s 2014-2015 season, joining the previously announced world premiere productions of THE COUNTRY HOUSE by Donald Margulies, directed by Daniel Sullivan, now in rehearsals with Blythe Danner, Kate Jennings Grant, Eric Lange, David Rasche, Sarah Steele, and Daniel Sunjata; CONSTELLATIONS by Nick Payne, directed by Michael Longhurst starring Jake Gyllenhaal; LOST LAKE by David Auburn, directed by Daniel Sullivan starring John Hawkes and Tracie Thoms; and THE WORLD OF EXTREME HAPPINESS by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, directed by Eric Ting; THE SWING OF THE SEA by Richard Greenberg, directed by Lynne Meadow; and BY THE WATER, bySharyn Rothstein, directed by Hal Brooks. One additional production for the 2014-2015 season will be announced shortly.
Subscriptions for MTC’s 2014-2015 season are available by calling (212) 399-3050 (Monday through Friday NOON – 9 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM) or online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com. Single tickets to AIRLINE HIGHWAY will go on sale via Telecharge.com and at the Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street) starting Tuesday, September 30.
Manhattan Theatre Club, under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past four and a half decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including six Pulitzer Prizes and 19 Tony Awards. 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 Casa Valentina; Outside Mullingar; The Assembled Parties; Venus in Fur;Master Class; Good People; The Whipping Man; Time Stands Still; The Royal Family; Ruined; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; 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.’ For more information on MTC, please visitwww.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company is America’s longest standing, most distinguished ensemble theater, producing nearly 700 performances and events annually in its three Chicago theater spaces—the 515-seatDownstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat Garage Theatre. Formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, Steppenwolf has grown into an ensemble of 44 actors, writers and directors. Artistic programming at Steppenwolf includes a five-play Subscription Season, a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season and two repertory series: First Look Repertory of New Work and Garage Rep. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 40 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Off-Broadway, Broadway, London, Sydney and Dublin. Steppenwolf has the distinction of being the only theater to receive the National Medal of Arts, in addition to numerous other prestigious honors including an Illinois Arts Legend Award and 12 Tony Awards. Martha Lavey is the Artistic Director and David Hawkanson is the Executive Director. Nora Daley is Chair of Steppenwolf’s Board of Trustees. For additional information, visit steppenwolf.org,facebook.com/steppenwolftheatre and twitter.com/steppenwolfthtr.
LISA D’AMOUR (Playwright) is a playwright and interdisciplinary artist and one half of the OBIE-Award winning performance duo PearlDamour. Her plays have produced by theaters across the country, including Playwrights’ Horizons, Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf, Clubbed Thumb, (all in NYC), Children’s Theater Company (Minneapolis), The Wilma Theater (Philadelphia) and Woolly Mammoth Theater (Washington D.C.). Lisa’s play Detroit premiered at Steppenwolf in 2010, directed by ensemble member Austin Pendleton; Mr. Pendleton also directed the second production at the Royal National Theater with a British cast. Detroit was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Drama and the 2011 Susan Smith Blackburn prize. PearlDamour is known for creating interdiscplinary, often site-specific works which range from the intimate to large scale. Recent work includes How to Build a Forest, an 8-hour performance installation created with visual artist Shawn Hall (The Kitchen, New York, 2011, currently touring) and MILTON, a performance created from visits and interviews in 5 U.S. cities named Milton. Lisa is the recipient of the 2008 Alpert Award for the Arts in theater, the 2011 Steinberg Playwright Award and is a recipient of the 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist.
JOE MANTELLO (Director) most recently received Emmy and Critics’ Choice Television Award nominations for his performance in HBO’s The Normal Heart (directed by Ryan Murphy). This two-time Tony Award-winning director’s credits include: The Last Ship, Casa Valentina,I’ll Eat You Last, The Other Place, Dogfight, Other Desert Cities, The Pride, Pal Joey, 9 to 5, November, The Receptionist, The Ritz, Blackbird, Three Days of Rain, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony nomination), Laugh Whore, Assassins (Tony Award), Wicked, Take Me Out (Tony Award), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, A Man of No Importance, Design for Living,The Vagina Monologues, Bash,Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony nomination), Proposals, The Mineola Twins, and Corpus Christi. Acting credits: The Normal Heart (Tony nomination), Angels in America (Tony nomination), and The Baltimore Waltz. He has received Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Clarence Derwent, Obie, and Joe A. Callaway awards. He is a member of Naked Angels and an associate artist at Roundabout Theatre Company.
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