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Manhattan Theatre Club Announces Bythe Danner & Sarah Jessica Parker in THE COMMONS OF PESACOLA







Manhattan Theatre Club is pleased to announce that Emmy and Tony award winner Blythe Danner and Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Sarah Jessica Parker will return to MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street) in the world premiere of THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA, a new play by Amanda Peet, directed by MTC’s award-winning artistic director Lynne Meadow. The limited engagement will begin previews Tuesday, October 22 and open Thursday, November 21.

Danner is currently appearing on Broadway in Nice Work If You Can Get It. She won a Tony in 1970 for Butterflies Are Free and has received Tony nominations for Betrayal, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Follies. She received back-to-back Emmy Awards for her role in Showtime’s acclaimed series “Huff.” Her many film roles include The Lucky One; Hello, I Must Be Going; and Meet The Parents.

Parker most recently appeared on the New York stage in MTC’s 2001 production of Wonder of the World by David Lindsay-Abaire. Her other theatrical credits include The Substance of Fire, The Heidi Chronicles, Once Upon a Mattress, and Annie. She received four Golden Globe, three SAG Awards, and two Emmy Awards for her role as Carrie Bradshaw in HBO’s “Sex and The City.”

Danner and Parker reunite having previously starred together in MTC’s 1995 hit production Sylvia by A.R. Gurney.

Judith (Blythe Danner) has been divested of her assets and forced to leave her luxurious New York life after her husband’s Wall Street scam became headline news. When her daughter Becca (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Becca’s filmmaker boyfriend pay Judith a visit to the one bedroom condo Judith now occupies in Pensacola, Florida, everyone’s motives are called into question. How will past and present circumstances inform how this family moves into the future?

THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA is an incisive and funny new play about trying to love your family even when you hate what they’ve done.

THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA marks Peet’s professional playwrighting debut. An accomplished and versatile actress, she is known for film roles including Something’s Gotta Give and Igby Goes Down. Her stage credits include Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, and roles in the Neil LaBute plays Break of Noon and This Is How It Goes. She’ll next be seen in HBO’s new series “Togetherness.”

Meadow has been the visionary and artistic leader of Manhattan Theatre Club since 1972. She is currently represented on Broadway with the critically acclaimed world premiere of Richard Greenberg’s The Assembled Parties. Last season, she directed Cynthia Nixon in her Tony nominated performance in the Broadway premiere of Wit which also received a Tony nomination for Best Revival of a Play.

Additional casting, creative team, and listings information for THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA will be announced in the coming weeks.

THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA is presented as part of MTC’s 2013-2014 season, joining the previously announced world premiere production of THE SNOW GEESE by Sharr White, directed by Daniel Sullivan starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Mary-Louise Parker. Additional productions for the 2013-2014 season will be announced shortly.

Subscriptions for MTC’s 2013-2014 season will be available beginning May 6 by calling (212) 399-3050 (Monday through Friday NOON – 10 PM, Saturday 3-6:30 PM) or online at Single tickets to the productions will go on sale at a later date.


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 18 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). Since January 2011, Mandy Greenfield (Artistic Producer) has taken the lead in programming and execution at MTC’s Off-Broadway home. Renowned MTC productions include 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.’

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AMANDA PEET (Playwright) is an accomplished and versatile actress, who is known for her diverse choices in film, television, and theater. She is best known for her starring roles in commercial and critically acclaimed films, including the Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy Something’s Gotta Give with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, Burr Steers' edgy dramedy Igby Goes Down alongside Jeff Goldblum, and The Whole Nine Yards with Matthew Perry and Bruce Willis. On the small screen, Peet will next be seen in the HBO comedy “Togetherness,” created by the Duplass brothers and most recently guest starred on the Emmy-winning drama “The Good Wife.” She also starred in the WB hit drama “Jack and Jill,” Aaron Sorkin's “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” and NBC's romantic comedy “Bent.” As a lover of theater, Peet gravitates towards great playwrights, and her credits include the Broadway revival of Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park and Off-Broadway productions of Break of Noon and This Is How It Goes, both by Neil LaBute. She also is a burgeoning playwright. Some of Peet's other acclaimed performances have been in Please Give, directed by Nicole Holofcener, What Doesn’t Kill You opposite Mark Ruffalo, and Syriana with Matt Damon and George Clooney. A native New Yorker, Peet resides in both Los Angeles and New York with her husband, writer/director David Benioff, and their two daughters.

LYNNE MEADOW (Director/Artistic Director, Manhattan Theatre Club) asArtistic Director for over three decades, Lynne has overseen hundreds of productions and accepted every major award on behalf of the company, including 16 Tony Awards, 47 Obies and 29 Drama Desk Awards, as well as numerous Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards. Directing credits include Richard Greenberg’s The Assembled Parties, Margaret Edson’s Wit (Tony nomination); Donald Margulies’ Collected Stories (Tony nomination), The Loman Family Picnic, Charles Busch’s Our Leading Lady and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (Tony nomination), David Greig’s The American Pilot, Ron Hutchinson’s Moonlight and Magnolias (MTC, Alliance Theatre), Leslie Ayvazian’s Nine Armenians (Drama Desk nomination, Best Director), Alan Ayckbourn’s Woman in Mind (Drama Desk nomination, Best Director)and A Small Family Business (Broadway), David Rudkin’s Ashes (The Public, Obie Award). Americanpremieres by Marsha Norman, Simon Gray, Howard Brenton, etc. Graduate of Bryn Mawr College, attended Yale School of Drama. Recipient of numerous awards including the Mr. Abbott Award, Margo Jones Award, Lucille Lortel and Lilly Award for Lifetime Achievement, Louis Auchincloss Prize etc. Taught at Yale, Fordham, NYU, etc.

BLYTHE DANNER (Judith) won two Emmy awards for her role on Showtime’s “Huff” and was nominated twice for roles on “Will & Grace” and Joyce Carol Oates, “We Were the Mulvaneys.” She received a Golden Globe nomination for Anne Tyler's “Back When We Were Grownups,” and her list of career accomplishments continues with a Tony award for her Broadway debut in Butterflies Are Free and nominations for roles in Harold Pinter's Betrayal, Tennessee Williams’ Streetcar Named Desire and Stephen Sondheim's musical, Follies. She most recently appeared on Broadway in the musical Nice Work If You Can Get It.

Her film roles include Woody Allen's Alice, The Great Santini, the Meet the Parents trilogy, What's Your Number? and Sylvia, a film in which she appeared with her daughter, actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Recent projects include The Lucky One" and Hello, I Must Be Going.

Danner takes action to support causes that are important to her. She has passionately advocated for environmental concerns for more than 40 years as a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists and other groups, and serves on the national board of Planned Parenthood. Since the death of her husband Bruce Paltrow nine years ago from oral cancer, she has also been helping the Oral Cancer Foundation raise disease awareness.

SARAH JESSICA PARKER (Becca). Screen and stage actress Sarah Jessica Parker, who played Carrie Bradshaw on the HBO television series “Sex and the City” (1998–2004), has won four Golden Globe Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two Emmy Awards. Parker served as a producer and reprised her role in the screen adaptation of the hit series with the theatrical release of Sex and the City and Sex and the City 2.

Past film credits include: I Don’t Know How She Does It, Did You Hear About The Morgans?, Smart People, Failure to Launch, The Family Stone, State and Main, Mars Attacks!, Ed Wood, The First Wives Club, Miami Rhapsody, Honeymoon in Vegas,and Footloose.

Parker also lends her time to charitable causes. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the New York City Ballet and is a UNICEF ambassador. In November 2009, the Obama administration elected her to be a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. In April 2012, she adopted the Martin Luther King, Jr. School in Portland, Oregon for The Turnaround Arts Initiative.

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