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MTC Announces Full Casting for THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA

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MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB ANNOUNCES FULL CASTING FOR

THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA

WORLD PREMIERE PLAY BY AMANDA PEET

DIRECTED BY LYNNE MEADOW

BLYTHE DANNER, SARAH JESSICA PARKER

TO BE JOINED BY
ZOE LEVIN, ALI MARSH, MICHAEL STAHL-DAVID, NILAJA SUN

Manhattan Theatre Club is pleased announce complete casting for the upcoming world premiere production of THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA, the new play by Amanda Peet, directed by MTC’s award-winning artistic director Lynne Meadow.

Joining previously announced cast members Emmy and Tony award winner Blythe Danner and Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Sarah Jessica Parker will be Zoe Levin (The Way Way Back), Ali Marsh ( “In Plain Sight”), Michael Stahl-David (Cloverfield), and Nilaja Sun (No Child…).

The limited engagement of THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA will begin previews Tuesday, October 22 and open Thursday, November 21 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

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 (Michael Stahl-David) 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.

This new play marks the reunion of Danner and Parker who previously starred together in MTC’s 1995 hit production Sylvia by A.R. Gurney.

The creative team for THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA includes Santo Loquasto (scenic design), Tom Broecker (costume design), Jason Lyons (lighting design), Jill BC Du Boff (sound design), and Thomas Schall (fight director).

Lead support for THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA is provided by MTC’s Producing Fund Partner, Andrew Martin-Weber. Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting Manhattan Theatre Club. Additional support for THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA is provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA is presented as part of MTC’s 2013-2014 season, joining the previously announced world premiere productions of THE SNOW GEESE by Sharr White, directed by Daniel Sullivan with Mary-Louise Parker, Danny Burstein, Victoria Clark, Evan Jonigkeit, Brian Cross, Christopher Innvar and Jessica Love; OUTSIDE MULLINGAR by John Patrick Shanley, directed by Doug Hughes with Brían F. O’Byrne and Debra Messing; TALES FROM RED VIENNA by David Grimm, directed by Kate Whoriskey; WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID by Sarah Treem, directed by Pam MacKinnon with Cherry Jones; and TAKING CARE OF BABY by Dennis Kelly, directed by Erica Schmidt with Reed Birney, Kristen Bush, Amelia Campbell and Margaret Colin. Two additional productions for the 2013-2014 season will be announced in the coming weeks.

Subscriptions for MTC’s 2013-2014 season are available by calling (212) 399-3050 (Monday through Friday NOON – 10 PM, Saturday 3-6:30 PM) or online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com. Single tickets to the THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA will go on sale Tuesday, September 3.

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). 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.’

For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

·         TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday at 7 PM; Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinee on Sunday at 2 PM. There will only be seven performances this week.

·         MONDAY, OCTOBER 28 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday at 7 PM; Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

·         MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24 (INCLUDING WEEK OF OPENING): Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM; Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note that tickets will not be on sale to the general public for the Thursday, November 21 opening night performance.

·         MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1 (THANKSGIVING WEEK): 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, November 28 (Thanksgiving Day).

·         MONDAY, DECEMBER 2 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM; Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note there will only be seven performances on sale to the general public this week.

·         MONDAY, DECEMBER 9 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM; Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

·         MONDAY, DECEMBER 23 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29 (CHRISTMAS WEEK): Monday and Sunday at 7 PM; Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. There will be no performance on Tuesday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) or Wednesday, December 25 (Christmas Day). Please note there will only be seven performances on sale to the general public this week.

·         MONDAY, DECEMBER 30 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 5 (NEW YEAR’S WEEK): Wednesday and Sunday at 7 PM; Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM. There will be no performance on Tuesday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve).


BIOGRAPHIES

AMANDA PEET (Playwright) has starred in numerous films including Something’s Gotta Give, Igby Goes Down, Syriana, The Whole Nine Yards, and Nicole Holofcener's Please Give. On television she starred in the WB drama “Jack and Jill,” as well as Aaron Sorkin's “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.”  Her theatre credits include the Broadway revival of Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park (opposite Patrick Wilson) and Off-Broadway productions of Break of Noon and This Is How It Goes, both by Neil LaBute. Peet will next be seen in the HBO comedy “Togetherness,” created by the Duplass brothers. Her play The Commons of Pensacola will be produced by Manthattan Theatre Club, and will star Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker. A native New Yorker, Peet resides in both Los Angeles with her husband, the writer 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 19 Tony Awards, 47 Obies and 30 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 in 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 AliceThe 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.

ZOE LEVIN (Lizzy) emerged on the scene this year, securing roles in Fox Searchlight’s The Way Way Back, and the independent film Beneath the Harvest Sky opposite Callan McAuliffe and Emory Cohen, which will premiere at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, both before graduating high school in Chicago. She recently completed filming on Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto, opposite Emma Roberts and James Franco which will make its debut at the Venice Film Festival.

ALI MARSH (Ali) has spent the better part of the last five years in Albuquerque, NM where she had a recurring role on the USA show “In Plain Sight.” Other TV appearances include: multiple incarnations of “Law & Order;” “Blue Bloods,” “Children’s Hospital,” “Stella,” “Seinfeld,” “Providence,” “Chicago Hope,” “Are We There Yet?,” and many more. She was last seen on the NY Stage in Second Stage’s production of The Butcher of Baraboo directed by Judith Ivey. Other favorite theater roles include Willow in Beth Henley’s Ridiculous Fraud at the McCarter, Celia in As You Like It (Commonwealth Shakespeare), Catherine in Proof (George Street Playhouse) and many others. Film appearances: Rabbit Hole, The Ten, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Hysterical Blindness, Safe Men, Private Parts, The Mirror Has Two Faces, Picture Perfect, The Deli. Marsh is married to the wonderfully talented actor Frederick Weller. They have two kids and live between NYC and LA. 

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 is currently executive producing a documentary series with AOL about the New York City Ballet. city.ballet. will premiere this fall. In early 2014, Parker will launch her namesake label, SJP, which will be carried exclusively by Nordstrom. Parker will design this collection of shoes, handbags, and trench coats in association with George Malkemus, President of Manolo Blahnik USA. 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.

MICHAEL STAHL-DAVID (Gabe) most recently starred in the John Wells/FBC pilot “Boomerang,” opposite Felicity Huffman and Anthony LaPaglia. He also starred in J.J. Abrams' Cloverfield and on ABC's “My Generation.” Stahl-David will next be seen in the upcoming independent film In Your Eyes, produced by Joss Whedon, in which he stars opposite Zoe Kazan. He was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play for Neil Simon's Pulitzer Prize-winning Lost in Yonkers. Shortly thereafter, he wrote and directed the web series “Michael Stahl-David: Behind the Star” (a spoof on his Cloverfield stardom) for the digital network Crackle.

NIJALA SUN (Lorena) is an actor, playwright, and teaching artist most known for her Obie award-winning solo piece No Child… which had its initial Off-Broadway run at the Barrow Street Theatre and was recently revived there in an extended run. For her creation and performance of No Child... and its subsequent national and international tour, Sun garnered 21 awards including: an Obie Award, a Lucille Lortel Award, two Outer Critics Circle Awards including the John Gassner Playwriting Award for Outstanding New American Play, a Theatre World Award, the Helen Hayes Award, two NAACP Theatre Awards, and Best One-Person Show at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. No Child… is published and has been licensed out to over 50 theatres nationally. In 2010, she was awarded the soloNOVA Award for Artist of the Year by terraNOVA Collective. TV and film credits include “30 Rock,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Unforgettable,” “Louie,” “Rubicon,” The International, Nature Calls, and Hairbrained. Sun was recently awarded a NYSCHA grant, through Epic Theatre Ensemble, to create her new solo piece Pike St.

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Andrew C. McGibbon has spent the past thirty years working in live theatre as a stage manager, general manager, producer and leader in the convergence of Broadway and online.

Mr. McGibbon worked as a stage manager and general manager for ten years. In 1994 he created a website devoted to live theatre, BroadwayWorld-Wide.com. The site was subsequently bought by, and became Playbill.com. He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for TonyAwards.com. With the 2008-09 season he finished his ninth year on the show. He has also worked as a webmaster for the Broadway LeagueJazz at Lincoln Center, and as the Director of Digital Media for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Since 2015, Andrew has been working as an architectural photographer and virtual tour photographer known for his photography of theatres such as the Kimmel Center, Tanglewood, Signature Theatre Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, Arena Stage and the Goodspeed Opera House.

Mr. McGibbon is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Independent Theatre Bloggers AssociationActors' Equity Association and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, as well as the American Society of Media Photographers

In addition to his work in the theatrical industry, Mr. McGibbon is also a partner in Simple Solutions Distributing, a manufacturer of filtration equipment for the waste-water industry.

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