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CASA VALENTINA, New Play by Harvey Fierstein to Make World Premiere at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

 

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MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB

By special arrangement with
Colin Callender, Robert Cole, Frederick Zollo, and the Shubert Organization

ANNOUNCE THE WORLD PREMIERE OF

CASA VALENTINA

BY TONY AWARD WINNER HARVEY FIERSTEIN
DIRECTED BY TONY AWARD WINNER JOE MANTELLO
ON BROADWAY AT MTC’S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE (261 WEST 47TH STREET)

PREVIEWS BEGIN TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2014; OPENING WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer), are pleased to announce that Manhattan Theatre Club, by special arrangement with Colin Callender, Robert Cole, Frederick Zollo and the Shubert Organization, will produce the world premiere of CASA VALENTINA, the play by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello.

 

The limited engagement of CASA VALENTINA will begin previews on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 and open Wednesday, April 23, 2014 on Broadway at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

From four-time Tony Award® winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky BootsNewsies, La Cage aux Folles) comes CASA VALENTINA, his first play in almost thirty years and his first-ever collaboration with Manhattan Theatre Club. Two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Wicked) directs this funny, fascinating world premiere based on actual events.

Back in 1962, most men went to the Catskill Mountains to escape the summer heat, but others took the two-hour drive to escape something else entirely: being men. Nestled in the land of dirty dancing and borscht belt comedy sat an inconspicuous bungalow colony that catered to a very special clientele: heterosexual men whose favorite pastime was dressing and acting as women. It was paradise for these men—white-collar professionals with families—to spend their weekends discreetly and safely inhabiting their chosen female alter egos. But when faced with the opportunity to become an official organization, these "self-made women" had to decide whether public recognition would help them gain a place in open society or spell their own personal disaster.

Infused with Fierstein's trademark wit, this moving, insightful and delightfully entertaining new work offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of unforgettable characters as they search for acceptance and happiness in their very own Garden of Eden.

Casting, creative team, and additional listings information for CASA VALENTINA will be announced in the coming weeks.

CASA VALENTINA 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; THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA by Amanda Peet, directed by Lynne Meadow, with Blythe Danner, Zoe Levin, Ali Marsh, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael Stahl-David and Nilaja Sun; 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. A final production for the 2013-2014 season to play Summer 2014 at The Studio at Stage II will be announced in the coming weeks.

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). 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.’

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 CASA VALENTINA will go on sale Monday, September 23rd.

BIOGRAPHIES

HARVEY FIERSTEIN (Playwright) is the author of the current Broadway smash hits Kinky Boots (2013 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical) and Newsies, as well as Torch Song Trilogy (Tony and Drama Desk and OBIE Awards), La Cage aux Folles (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), The Sissy Duckling (Humanitas Award), A Catered Affair (12 Drama Desk nominations), Safe Sex (Ace Award), Legs Diamond, Spookhouse, Flatbush ToscaCommon Ground, and more. His political editorials have been published in The New York Times, TV Guide, The Huffington Post, and broadcast on PBS's “In the Life”.  His children's book, The Sissy Duckling is now in its fifth printing. As an actor Mr. Fierstein is known worldwide for his performances in films like Mrs. Doubtfire and Independence Day, and on stage in Hairspray (Tony Award), Fiddler On The Roof, La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy (Tony Award) and TV shows such as "Smash," “How I Met Your Mother,” “The Good Wife,” “Cheers” (Emmy nomination), “The Simpsons,” and “Nurse Jackie.”

JOE MANTELLO (Director). Directing credits include: I’ll Eat You Last, The Other Place, Dogfight, Other Desert Cities, The Other Place, 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, Terrence McNally and Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking for San Francisco Opera, The Vagina Monologues, Bash, Another American: Asking and Telling, Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony Nomination), Proposals, The Mineola Twins and Corpus Christi. As an actor: The Normal Heart (Tony Nomination), Angels in America (Tony Nomination) and The Baltimore Waltz. He is recipient of 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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Andrew C. McGibbon

 

 

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. His photography work can be previewed at https://andrewmcgibbonphotography.com.

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.

Photo: Elizabeth Leitzell

 

 

 

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