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Tuesday, 12 August 2014 11:25

MTC's THE COUNTRY HOUSE Begins Rehearsals Today, Aug 12

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Manhattan Theatre Club’s New York premiere co-production of THE COUNTRY HOUSE, the new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan, begins rehearsals today. The limited engagement will begin previews Tuesday, September 9 and open Thursday, October 2 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47thStreet). THE COUNTRY HOUSE is produced in association with the Geffen Playhouse.

THE COUNTRY HOUSE stars Tony and Emmy Award winner Blythe DannerKate Jennings Grant (The LyonsProof), Eric Lange (FX’s “The Bridge,” “Weeds”), David Rasche (Regrets OnlySpeed-the-Plow), Sarah Steele (SlowgirlSpeech and Debate), and Tony nominee Daniel Sunjata (TNT’s “Graceland,” Take Me Out).

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies (Time Stands Still, Sight Unseen) returns to Broadway with his tenth MTC production, a new comedy about a deeply dramatic family.

Tony and Emmy winner Blythe Danner (The Commons of Pensacola, Meet the Parents) stars as Anna Patterson, the matriarch of a brood of famous and longing-to-be-famous creative artists who have gathered at their Berkshires summerhouse during the Williamstown Theatre Festival. But when the weekend takes an unexpected turn, everyone is forced to improvise… inciting a series of simmering jealousies, romantic outbursts and passionate soul-searching.

This witty and compelling new play provides a piercing look at a family of performers coming to terms with the roles they play in each other’s lives. Tony winner Daniel Sullivan (The Columnist, Time Stands Still) directs.

Subscriptions for MTC’s 2014-2015 season are available by calling (212) 399-3050 (Monday through Friday NOON – 9 PMSaturday 10 AM – 2 PM) or online at Single tickets to THE COUNTRY HOUSE will go on sale via Wednesday, August 13 and at the Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street) on Monday, August 25 at noon.

THE COUNTRY HOUSE was commissioned by MTC through the U.S. Trust New American Play Commissioning Program. Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting Manhattan Theatre Club. THE COUNTRY HOUSE received a world premiere co-production by Geffen Playhouse and Manhattan Theatre Club at Geffen Playhouse on June 3, 2014.

The creative team for THE COUNTRY HOUSE includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Rita Ryack (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Obadiah Eaves (sound design), Peter Golub (original music), and Thomas Schall (fight director).

THE COUNTRY HOUSE is presented as part of MTC’s 2014-2015 season, joining the previously announced world premiere productions of CONSTELLATIONS by Nick Payne, directed byMichael Longhurst starring Jake GyllenhaalLOST LAKE by David Auburn, directed by Daniel Sullivan starring John Hawkes and Tracie Thoms; and THE WORLD OF EXTREME HAPPINESS by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, directed by Eric TingTHE SWING OF THE SEA by Richard Greenberg, directed by Lynne Meadow; and BY THE WATER, by Sharyn Rothstein, directed by Hal Brooks.  Additional productions for the 2014-2015 season will be announced shortly.

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 four and a half decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including six Pulitzer Prizes and 19 Tony Awards. 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 Casa ValentinaOutside MullingarThe Assembled PartiesVenus in FurMaster ClassGood People;The Whipping ManTime Stands StillThe Royal FamilyRuinedCome Back, Little ShebaBlackbirdShining CityRabbit HoleDoubtProofThe Tale of the Allergist’s WifeLove! Valour! Compassion!A Small Family BusinessSylviaPutting It TogetherFrankie and Johnny in the Clair de LuneCrimes of the Heart; and Ain’t Misbehavin.’ For more information on MTC, please visit

The Geffen Playhouse has been a hub of the Los Angeles theater scene since opening its doors in 1995. Noted for its intimacy and celebrated for its world-renowned mix of classic and contemporary plays, provocative new works and second productions, the Geffen Playhouse continues to present a body of work that has garnered national recognition. Named in honor of entertainment mogul and philanthropistDavid Geffen, who made the initial donation to the theater, the company was founded by Gilbert Cates, and is currently helmed by Artistic Director Randall Arney, Managing Director Ken Novice, General Manager Behnaz Ataee, Chief Development Officer Regina Miller and Co-Chairs of the Board Martha Henderson and Pamela Robinson Hollander. Proudly associated with UCLA, the Geffen Playhouse welcomes an audience of more than 130,000 each year, and maintains an extensive education and outreach program, designed to engage young people and the community at large in the arts. For more information, please visit


  • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TuesdayWednesday, and Sunday at 7PMThursdayFriday, and Saturday at 8PM. Matinee on Sunday at 2PMThere are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.

·       TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28: TuesdayWednesday, and Sunday at 7PMThursdayFriday, and Saturday at 8PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2PM.

·       TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5 (WEEK OF OPENING): Tuesday and Wednesday at 7PMFriday and Saturday at 8PM. Matinees on WednesdaySaturday, and Sunday at 2PMThursday, October 2 is opening night.

·       TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12: Tuesday at 7PMWednesdayThursdayFriday, and Saturday at 8PM. Matinees on WednesdaySaturday, and Sunday at 2PM.

·       TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7PMThursdayFriday, and Saturday at 8PM. Matinees on WednesdaySaturday, and Sunday at 2PM.

  • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9Tuesday and Wednesday at 7PMThursdayFriday, and Saturday at 8PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2PM. There are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.

·       TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7PMThursdayFriday, and Saturday at 8PM. Matinees on WednesdaySaturday, and Sunday at 2PM.

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