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Vineyard Theatre Announces Complete 2013-14 Season

VINEYARD THEATRE
ANNOUNCES THE THIRD MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION FOR ITS 2013-14 SEASON

ARLINGTON
THE NEW YORK PREMIERE OF A NEW MUSICAL
BOOK AND LYRICS BY VICTOR LODATO
MUSIC BY POLLY PEN
PERFORMANCES BEGIN FEBRUARY 2014

AS WELL AS PARTIAL CAST FOR THEIR WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL

THE LANDING
FEATURING
DAVID HYDE PIERCE, JULIA MURNEY AND PAUL ANTHONY STEWART
BOOK AND LYRICS BY GREG PIERCE
MUSIC BY JOHN KANDER
DIRECTED BY WALTER BOBBIE
PERFORMANCES BEGIN OCTOBER 2013

THE SEASON ALSO INCLUDES THE PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED WORLD PREMIERE OF

TOO MUCH SUN
BY NICKY SILVER
DIRECTED BY MARK BROKAW
PERFORMANCES BEGIN MAY 2014

The Vineyard Theatre, Douglas Aibel, Artistic Director, and Sarah Stern, Co-Artistic Director, proudly announces the third production of their 2013-2014 season and casting of the world premiere musical THE LANDING.

Tony and Emmy Award-winner David Hyde Pierce (CURTAINS, VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, “Frasier”), Drama Desk Award-nominee Julia Murney (Andrew Lippa’s THE WILD PARTY, WICKED), and Emmy Award nominee Paul Anthony Stewart (THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, "Guiding Light") comprise the cast of THE LANDING, a world premiere musical with book and lyrics by Greg Pierce (SLOWGIRL, THE WIND-UP BIRD CHRONICLE), music by the Tony Award-winning composer John Kander (CHICAGO, CABARET, THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS), and directed by Tony Award-winner Walter Bobbie (CHICAGO, VENUS IN FUR).   The production will begin performances at The Vineyard in October 2013.

THE LANDING consists of three thematically-connected tales of desire, love, and loss, and is the first collaboration between legendary theatre composer John Kander and playwright Greg Pierce.  Directed by Walter Bobbie, THE LANDING continues Mr. Kander's artistic relationship with The Vineyard Theatre, dating back to 1987 when The Vineyard produced an acclaimed revival of FLORA THE RED MENACE, the musical by Mr. Kander and his longtime collaborator, the late Fred Ebb.  In 2010, The Vineyard produced the world-premiere of the Kander and Ebb musical THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, which transferred to Broadway and will open in London this fall.  THE LANDING returns for this full production at The Vineyard following a Lab Production there in the spring 2012.  Performances will begin in October 2013.

The season will continue with the New York premiere of ARLINGTON, a new musical that follows Sara Jane, a young wife who valiantly tries to remain positive while her husband is away at war, despite a growing belief that something is not quite right.  A stirring, funny, and powerful new musical from award winning playwright/novelist Victor Lodato (MOTHERHOUSE, THE EVICTION, the novel MATHILDA SAVITCH) and Vineyard Theatre alum Polly Pen (GOBLIN MARKET, BED AND SOFA).  An inaugural one-act version of ARLINGTON was commissioned and presented by PREMIERES (Paulette Haupt, Artistic Director).  The world premiere of the full length version will be produced at San Francisco’s Magic Theatre in the fall of 2013 before its New York premiere at the Vineyard in February 2014.

The season will conclude with the previously announced world premiere play TOO MUCH SUN, written by Nicky Silver and directed by Mark Brokaw.  TOO MUCH SUN marks the eighth world premiere production of Nicky Silver’s plays produced by the Vineyard.  The prior productions include PTERODACTYLS, RAISED IN CAPTIVITY, and THE MAIDEN’S PRAYER.   TOO MUCH SUN reunites Mr. Silver and director Mark Brokaw (HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, THE DYING GAUL, Broadway’s CINDERELLA), who recently collaborated on THE LYONS, which received its world premiere at The Vineyard before transferring to Broadway last season.  In TOO MUCH SUN, Audrey Langham, a celebrated actress, unravels completely while preparing for a new production of MEDEA, and with nowhere else to go, she descends upon her married daughter for a summer by the sea. Her arrival sets off a chain of events alternately hilarious and harrowing.  Performances will begin in May 2014.

The Vineyard Theatre (located at 108 East 15 Street) has been one of the nation's leading non-profit theatre companies for over 30 years.  Dedicated to the creation and production of daring new plays and musicals,  The Vineyard has consistently premiered provocative, groundbreaking works, including Nicky Silver's THE LYONS; Marx, Lopez and Whitty's Tony Award-winning musical AVENUE Q; Kander and Ebb's THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS; Bell and Bowen's [title of show]; Paula Vogel's HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE (1998 Pulitzer Prize), Edward Albee's THREE TALL WOMEN (1994 Pulitzer Prize); Tarell Alvin McCraney's WIG OUT!; Will Eno's MIDDLETOWN; and many more. The Vineyard's productions have been honored with two Pulitzer Prizes, three Tony Awards, and numerous Drama Desk, OBIES, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards.

The Vineyard Theatre’s leadership includes Douglas Aibel (Artistic Director), Sarah Stern (Co-Artistic Director), Jennifer Garvey-Blackwell (Executive Producer), and Michael Page (General Manager).

For information about Vineyard productions call the box office at 212 353 0303 or visit www.vineyardtheatre.org.

BIOGRAPHIES

THE LANDING:

DAVID HYDE PIERCE, Emmy and Tony Award winner, can currently be seen on Broadway starring opposite Sigourney Weaver and Kristine Nielsen in Christopher Durang’s new comedy, VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, which opened in March following sold-out runs at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre and at Lincoln Center.  Mr. Pierce made his professional and Broadway debut in 1982 in Durang's BEYOND THERAPY and went on to create roles in Off-Broadway productions of Mark O'Donnell's THAT'S IT FOLKS!, Richard Greenberg's "THE AUTHOR'S VOICE and Jules Feiffer's ELLIOT LOVES before returning to Broadway in THE HEIDI CHRONICLES.  In 2005, he originated the role of ‘Sir Robin’ in the Broadway production of MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT, and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award.  In 2007, he won the Tony Award and earned another Drama Desk Award nomination for his role in the musical comedy CURTAINS.  In the fall of 2011, Pierce made his directing debut with the new musical, IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, at the George Street Playhouse, starring Tyne Daly and Harriet Harris, book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove and music by Barbara Anselmi.  He followed that up in summer 2012 directing Oscar Wilde’s THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.  Pierce’s interpretation, which also starred Daly, moved the time setting forward a couple of decades to the Prohibition era and re-imagined the characters as American gangsters.  Perhaps best known for his role on TV’s iconic comedy, "Frasier," Pierce earned four Emmy Awards among many other accolades.  His film credits include Little Man Tate, Sleepless in Seattle, Nixon, Down With Love,  and the Sundance Film Festival Selection, The Perfect Host.

JULIA MURNEY last appeared on Broadway as Elphaba in WICKEDafter playing the role on the national tour for which she received an Acclaim Award. Other New York credits include LENNON, Andrew Lippa’s THE WILD PARTY (Drama Desk nomination), FALLING (Drama Desk nomination), THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES,A CLASS ACT, SAVED, CRIMES OF THE HEART , QUEEN OF THE MIST, CLOSER THAN EVER, and TIME AND AGAIN (Lucille Lortel nomination). She’s been seen regionally all over the U.S.-Signature, Williamstown, Reprise LA, Sacramento Music Circus, NCT, MUNY, Rubicon and Goodspeed, to name a few-and in concert she has performed at Carnegie Hall, Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Feinstein’s, The Kennedy Center, Caramoor, Town Hall and Birdland as well as with the Philly, Cincinnati, and Boston Pops. Among her TV credits are "30 Rock," "Sex and the City," "Brothers and Sisters," "Ed," "NYPD Blue," all three"Law and Orders" and about a gazillion voiceovers. A Syracuse University graduate, her recordings include the original cast albums of The Wild Party and A Class Act, the Grammy nominated Actor’s Fund Benefit of Hair and her first solo album, I’m Not Waiting which is available on Sh-K-Boom records and at juliamurney.com.

PAUL ANTHONY STEWART appeared on Broadway in THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and CYRANO: THE MUSICAL.  He is an Emmy Award nominee for his work on "The Guiding Light."

GREG PIERCE (Book and Lyrics) writes plays and fiction. His play SLOWGIRL was the inaugural play of Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater (LCT3). THE WIND-UP BIRD CHRONICLE, co-written with director Stephen Earnhart, based on the novel by Haruki Murakami, premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival, and went on to play the Singapore Arts Festival.  Greg has received fellowships from the Edward F. Albee Foundation, The Djerassi Institute, the New York Public Library, and the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Other plays include ODYSSEY ROOM, KICK STOP, and KID VICTORY (with John Kander). His stories have appeared in literary magazines such as New England Review, Avery, Berkeley Fiction Review, Confrontation, and Conjunctions. For years, he wrote and performed with a theater group called The Bad Astronauts. His verses to accompany Camille Saint-Saens's CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS (written with Brian Hargrove) were performed at the Hollywood Bowl with the L.A. Philharmonic. He's recently been commissioned (along with composer Gregory Spears) to write an opera based on Thomas Mallon's novel FELLOW TRAVELORS, to be directed by Kevin Newbury.

JOHN KANDER (Composer) has produced award-winning work for theater, film, and television. He is best known for his partnership with the late Fred Ebb, who collaborated for the theatre on Flora, the Red Menace, Cabaret (Tony Award for Best Composer and Lyricist), Chicago, Woman of the Year (Tony Award for Best Original Score), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award for Best Original Score), Curtains, and many more. Their last collaboration, The Scottsboro Boys, received its world premiere at The Vineyard before transferring to Broadway. Their films include Funny Lady; Cabaret; New York, New York (the title song became the official anthem of New York City in 1985); Chicago; Kramer vs. Kramer; Places in the Heart and more.

WALTER BOBBIE (Director) won the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards as director of the international hit CHICAGO which and has become the longest-running revival in Broadway history. Recent directing includes David Ives's VENUS IN FUR (Tony nomination for Best Play); Ives's NEW JERUSALEM and THE SCHOOL FOR LIES at Classic Stage Company, Ives' THE OTHER WOMAN at EST, as well as Jeff Talbott's THE SUBMISSION at MCC, Evan Smith's The Savannah Disputation at Playwrights Horizons, Christopher Durang's The Marriage of Bette & Boo at the Roundabout, and Terrence McNally's Golden Age at the Kennedy Center. Other Broadway credits include White Christmas, High Fidelity, Sweet Charity, Twentieth Century, Footloose, and A Grand Night for Singing. Bobbie was Artistic Director for City Center's acclaimed Encores!, and serves on the Executive Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

ARLINGTON:

VICTOR LODATO(Book and Lyrics) is a playwright, poet, and novelist. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, as well as the recipient of the Weissberger Award for his play MOTHERHOUSE. Other plays include WILDLIFE, DEAR SARA JANE, THE BREAD OF WINTER, MARGO AND ZELDA, and SLAY THE DRAGON. Other honors include a Helen Merrill Award, the John Golden Prize, Julie Harris Playwriting Award; as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Princess Grace Foundation, The Robert Chesley Foundation, The Camargo Foundation (France), and The Bogliasco Foundation (Italy).  His play 3F, 4F received its world premiere at the Magic Theatre, as did his play THE EVICTION (winner of a Roger L. Stevens Award from The Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays). THE EVICTION was subsequently produced by Theatre Na Zabradli in Prague, where it remains part of the company’s permanent repertory. Other works have been produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville (Humana Festival), Contemporary American Theater Festival, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Summer Play Festival/NYC, Theater Alliance (Washington, DC), Quartieri dell’Arte Festival (Viterbo, Italy), and Teatro Colosseo (Rome). His plays have received workshops and readings at Manhattan Theatre Club, American Conservatory Theatre, The National Theatre/London, The Guthrie Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Primary Stages, The Play Company, and The Playwrights' Center. Victor has thrice developed work at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference. He has received commissions from South Coast Repertory and the Magic Theatre. Victor is an alumnus of New Dramatists, and a member of The Dramatists Guild of America.  His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, North American Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, Northwest Review, and New American Short Plays (edited by Craig Lucas).  Victor’s first novel, Mathilda Savitch, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The book has been translated into thirteen languages, and published in sixteen countries.

POLLY PEN (Composer) is an Obie Award winner for the score of BED AND SOFA, which received seven Drama Desk nominations. Her first Off-Broadway production as both composer and co-author, GOBLIN MARKET, received five Drama Desk nominations and the Best Plays Special Citation for Musical Composition and Adaptation. Other works include THE NIGHT GOVERNESS (McCarter Theatre), HER LIGHTNESS (Sarasota Opera), THE DUMB CAKE (a radio musical for NPR), EMBARRASSMENTS (Wilma Theater) and CHRISTINA ALBERTA'S FATHER (Vineyard Theatre), which received a Richard Rodgers Award, an Obie and a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Music. Polly is the recipient of several NEA grants, The Kitty Carlisle Hart Award, the Flora Roberts Award and the Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Award for Musical Theatre. She has been a National Theatre Artist-in-Residence at McCarter Theatre as a recipient of a PEW/TCG Grant. Polly’s OPEN MOUTH CEREMONY has been honored by the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio residency. She has served on the board of Dramatists Play Service and on the Council of The Dramatists Guild. In another life, Polly has worked extensively as an actor on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theatres throughout the country.

TOO MUCH SUN:

NICKY SILVER (Playwright). Mr. Silver's previous Vineyard premieres include PTERODACTYLS, RAISED IN CAPTIVITY, THE EROS TRILOGY, THE MAIDEN'S PRAYER, THE ALTRUISTS, BEAUTIFUL CHILD, MY MARRIAGE TO ERNEST BORGNINE, THE AGONY AND THE AGONY, and, most recently,

THE LYONS, which transferred to Broadway.  His other notable plays include THREE CHANGES, THE FOOD CHAIN, FAT MEN IN SKIRTS, FIT TO BE TIED, FREE WILL AND WANTON LUST. He also wrote the new book for the Broadway revival of the Rodgers and Hart musical, THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE.

MARK BROKAW (Director). Mark’s directingcredits at The Vineyard include THE LYONS (also on Broadway), the Pulitzer Prize-winning production of HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE (Drams Desk, OBIE and Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Director) and THE DYING GAUL.  His other Broadway directing credits include the musicals RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA and CRY BABY, along with the plays THE CONSTANT WIFE, RECKLESS and AFTER MISS JULIE. Other credits: the musicals A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Kennedy Center), MARTY (Huntington Theatre), and OUT OF THIS WORLD (Encores!), as well as the Off-Broadway productions of AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN, LOBBY HERO and THIS IS OUR YOUTH.  He is the Artistic Director of the Yale Institute for Music Theatre. 

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