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Manhattan Theatre Club Announces TAKING CARE OF BABY with Reed Birney and Margaret Colin

Manhattan Theatre Club

Manhattan Theatre Club Announces
The American Premiere of


By Dennis Kelly

Directed by Erica Schmidt

with Reed Birney and Margaret Colin

Previews Begin Tuesday, November 5; Opening Tuesday, November 19
at The Studio at Stage II - Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series
at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street)

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director), Barry Grove (Executive Producer), and Mandy Greenfield (Artistic Producer) are pleased to announce Manhattan Theatre Club will produce the American premiere of TAKING CARE OF BABY, by Tony Award winner Dennis Kelly, directed by Erica Schmidt (Humor Abuse at MTC, Invasion!). TAKING CARE OF BABY will begin previews on Tuesday, November 5 and open Tuesday, November 19 as part of MTC’s 2013-2014 season of The Studio at Stage II – Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series at New York City Center – Stage II (131 West 55th Street).

This five week limited engagement marks the MTC return of Reed Birney (Blasted, Our Leading Lady) and Margaret Colin (The Columnist, “Gossip Girl”), to be joined by Kristen Bush (Kin, The Common Pursuit) and Tony nominee Amelia Campbell (A Streetcar Named Desire, Our Country’s Good). Additional casting for TAKING CARE OF BABY will be announced in the coming weeks.

An unspeakable tragedy. A shattered family. An accusation of murder. TAKING CARE OF BABY, is a provocative new drama that boldly explores the elusive nature of truth and the depths we’ll go to expose it. 

The creative team includes Laura Jellinek (scenic design), Jessica Pabst (costume design), David Weiner (lighting design), and Fitz Patton (sound design).

In order to ensure that tickets to TAKING CARE OF BABY are affordable to the widest possible, most diverse audiences, MTC is pricing all tickets during the initial five-week run at $30. Tickets will go on sale starting September 30, 2013 via CityTix® (212-581-1212), and at the New York City Center Box Office.

For additional details on TAKING CARE OF BABY and offers to all MTC shows, please sign up for MTC’s “30 Under 30” program for theatergoers age 30 and under


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 an Off-Broadway theatre at New York City Center – Stage I (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 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.’

The Studio at Stage II is Manhattan Theatre Club’s new initiative, under the leadership of Mandy Greenfield, at New York City Center – Stage II (131 West 55th Street). The initiative launched last season with the sold out, critically acclaimed world premiere of  MURDER BALLAD the new rock musical by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash and continued this summer with the critically acclaimed American premiere of CHOIR BOY, a play with music by Tarell Alvin McCraney. As part of The Studio at Stage II, MTC and Ars Nova (Jason Eagan, Artistic Director; Jeremy Blocker, Managing Director) have partnered to launch The Writer’s Room a program to commission, develop, and support playwrights in the process of creating new work for the stage. Commissioned writers for 2012-2013 are Adam Bock (A Small Fire) and Justin Levine (Bonfire Night) collaborating on the creation of a new musical; Thomas Bradshaw (Job); Samuel D. Hunter (The Whale); and Sharyn Rothstein (The Invested).

The Studio at Stage II has been partially underwritten with a major grant from The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.


·       TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24: Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Please note that tickets will not be on sale to the general public on Tuesday, November 19 (opening night).

·       MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1 (THANKSGIVING WEEK): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:30 PM. There will be no performance on Thursday, November 28 due to Thanksgiving holiday.

·       MONDAY, DECEMBER 2 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8: Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:30 PM.


DENNIS KELLY (Playwright) is an internationally acclaimed writer. Stage plays include Debris (Theatre 503 / Battersea Arts Centre, 2003 & 2004); Osama the Hero (Paines Plough / Hampstead Theatre 2004 & 2005 - winner of the Meyer Whitworth Award, 2006); After the End (Paines Plough, Traverse Theatre, Bush Theatre, UK & international tour, 2005); Love and Money (Young Vic Theatre / Manchester Royal Exchange, 2006); Taking Care of Baby (Hampstead Theatre / Birmingham Repertory Theatre, 2006; winner of the John Whiting Award 2007); DNA (NT Connections, 2007-8); Orphans (Paines Plough, Traverse Theatre, Soho Theatre & Birmingham Rep, 2009 - winner of a Fringe First and Herald Angel Award, 2009); and The Gods Weep (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2010). In 2009, Kelly was voted Best Foreign Playwright by Theatre Heute Magazine, Germany. Work for radio includes The Colony (BBC Radio 3, 2004 - Prix Europa Award for Best European Radio Drama and Radio & Music Award - Script for Broadcast, 2004) and 12 Shares (BBC Radio 4, 2005). Kelly wrote and co-produced his most recent series “Utopia” (Kudos/ Channel 4) and co-wrote the award-winning comedy series “Pulling”(Silver River / BBC 3). Kelly also wrote the book for the smash hit Matilda the Musical, which opened at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2011, it is currently running in the West End and on Broadway. Matilda the Musical has won multiple awards, including four Tonys; (including Best Book of a Musical); seven Oliviers (including Best Musical) and four Whatsonstage Awards (including Best Musical).

ERICA SCHMIDT (Director). Directing credits include: Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s Obie Award-winning Invasion! (The Play Company at The Walker Space and The Flea); Honey Brown Eyes (The Working Theater); The Burnt Part Boys (The Vineyard and New York Stage and Film); Humor Abuse (co-creator with performer Lorenzo Pisoni at Manhattan Theatre Club, winner: Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics, Drama Desk and Obie Award also ACT, Philadelphia Theatre Company and Seattle Rep); Rent (Tokyo); Moliere’s Imaginary Invalid, Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Sorcerer, and Copland’s The Tender Land  (all at Bard Summer Scape); Mezzulah, 1946 (Pittsburgh City Theatre); Carnival (The Paper Mill Playhouse); People Be Heard (Playwrights Horizons); Trust (The Play Company, Callaway Award nominee); As You Like It (The Public Theater/NYSF, chashama and New York International Fringe Festival  2000 Winner for Best Direction); Debbie Does Dallas (wrote the adaptation and directed Off-Broadway at the Jane Street); Spanish Girl (Second Stage Uptown); slag heap (The Cherry Lane Alternative); Romeo and Juliet (Outdoor Garage); The White Devil and Don’t Blink (The Directors Company). 

College and university work: TopDog/UnderDog, R&J, and Buried Child (The Juilliard School); Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards (The McCarter’s Berlind Theater, Princeton University); The Desire Project (Vassar College and subsequent workshop at The Vineyard); The Identity Project (NTI at the O’Neill); Top Girls (Fordham University); The Price of Pearls: an adaptation of The Canterbury Tales (The New School). Schmidt is on the adjunct faculty in Advanced Directing for Syracuse University’s Tepper Semester since 2010.

Upcoming: Humor Abuse at The Taper; Taking Care of Baby by Dennis Kelly at MTC; I Call My Brothers by Jonas Hassen Khemiri for The Play Company; workshop production of Girls Turn Red (also author) at The Vineyard; Titus Andronicus for Vassar College. Princess Grace Award recipient 2001. BA cum laude from Vassar College.

REED BIRNEY (Dr. Millard). In the last eighteen months, Birney appeared in Picnic on Broadway, Robert Schenkkan's new play All The Way with Bryan Cranston at ART, and as 'Vanya' in Sam Gold and Annie Baker's production of Uncle Vanya (Drama Desk nomination). Birney made his New York debut at Playwrights Horizons in 1976 in Gemini. He has appeared at Playwrights often, most recently in Circle Mirror Transformation (2011 Obie and Drama Desk awards) and in Adam Bock's A Small Fire. Other New York appearances include The Dream of the Burning Boy and Tigers Be Still (Roundabout Underground); Blasted (Drama Desk Award Nomination, Soho Rep); Stuff Happens as Tony Blair (The Public); and Bug (Barrow Street). Select features: Arthur Penn's Four Friends, Changeling, Morning Glory and The Girl Most Likely. Television: recurring role on “House of Cards” and numerous guest stars. He is very proud to have won the 2011 Drama Desk Special Performance Award as well as the 2006 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence.

KRISTEN BUSH (Donna McAuliffe) New York: The Common Pursuit (Roundabout, dir. Moises Kaufman); Kin (Playwrights Horizons, dir. Sam Gold); Isaac's Eye and Photograph 51 (both Ensemble Studio Theatre); King Lear (The Public);  Great Expectations (Theatreworks/Lucille Lortel). Regional: Proof (McCarter, dir. Emily Mann); Saturn Returns (South Coast Rep); Passion Play (Goodman); The Violet Hour (Old Globe). Film  TV: Liberal Arts (dir. Josh Radnor); Synechdoche, NY (dir. Charlie Kaufman); Ashborough (NBC/ Chiller); “Elementary,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Good Wife,” “Blue Bloods,” “Suits,” “Person of Interest,” “Unforgettable,” “Medium,” “Numbers,” “NCIS,” & the post-Hasselhoff “Knight Rider.” 

AMELIA CAMPBELL (Mrs. Millard/Jane/Waitress/Woman). Broadway: A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Emily Mann; Our Country’s Good (Tony Nomination, Best Featured Actress); A Small Family Business; Translations; The Herbal Bed; Waiting in the Wings. Off-Broadway: The Exonerated (Culture Project); The Fall to Earth (59E59); Philip Roth in Khartoum (LAByrinth); The Misanthrope (NYTW); My Wandering Boys (Summer Play Festival); Tryst (Promenade); Love, Janis (Village Theatre/San Diego Rep); among others. Regional: Good People (Penn State Centre Stage); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (La Jolla Playhouse); The Night of the Iguana (Berkshire Theatre Festival); Desire Under the Elms (ART). Film: Stand Clear of the Closing Doors (upcoming); What Maisie Knew, Leaves of Grass, Coming Up Roses, The Paper, A Simple Twist of Fate, Picture Perfect, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, Lorenzo’s Oil, Single White Female. TV: “Mercy,Third Watch,” “Law & Order,Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “A Dog Year,” “Truman” (HBO), “Feds,” “My Lousiana Sky”(Showtime).

MARGARET COLIN (Lynn Barrie)returns to MTC having appeared in the world premiere of The Columnist at the Friedman. Other MTC credits include Defiance, Sight Unseen, Temporary Help, Speak in Tongues, Betrayal, Psychopathia Sexualis, and Aristocrats. Recent TV: “Blue Bloods,” “Nurse Jackie,” and “Gossip Girl.” Upcoming films: Backwards, Camilla Dickenson. Broadway: ‘Lady Croom’ in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, Jackie an American Life, as Jackie Kennedy(Theatre World Award), Old Acquaintance, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Roundabout). Additional Films: Independence Day, 3 Men and a Baby, Blue Car, True Believer, The Devils Own. Additional TV:  series leads on “Now and Again,” “Foley Square,” “Chicago Hope,” “Leg Work,” “As the World Turns” (Margo), many cable movies.

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