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Peter and the Starcatcher has just arrived on Broadway after last year's production at the New York Theatre Workshop and it still is an absolute delight. It has a perfect cast and ingenious direction by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers.  It tells the tale of three lost orphan boys and their adventures finding Neverland; this is the back-story of Peter Pan.  Based on the best-selling novel of the same title by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.  This production is cleverly written by Rick Elise, a Tony winner for Jersey Boys.  While parallels will be drawn between Wicked and this show, this charming show stands on its own merits.

Published in 2011-2012 Season





The box office for the off-Broadway revival of the landmark musical Rent will open Friday, May 6, at 1pm at New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street, Between Eighth and Ninth Avenues.  The first 100 people in line at the box office will receive an exclusive Rent gift pack.

Rent, written by Jonathan Larson, will be directed by Michael Greif who directed the show’s original off-Broadway and Broadway productions.  The creative team will include

choreographer Larry Keigwin; music supervisor Tim Weil; set designer Mark Wendland; costume designer Angela Wendt; lighting designer Kevin Adams; and sound designer Brian Ronan; projection designer Peter Nigrini.  Previews begin Thursday, July 14 for a Thursday, August 11 opening.  Casting is currently underway for the production and will be announced in early June. 

Rent will play Monday, Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 7:30pm, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm, at New World Stages, 340 West 50 Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues.  Tickets for preview performances are $65 - $85; prices for post opening performances are $69.50 - $89.50.  Tickets may be purchased by visiting or; by phoning 212-947-8844; or by going to the New World Stages box office, 340 West 50 Street.  For box office hours visit  For more information about Rent, visit

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Performance Space 122 honors

Justin Vivian Bond, Danny Hoch & Carmelita Tropicana

at the 30th Anniversary Season Spring Gala

featuring a performance by Rufus Wainwright

Monday, April 25, 2011

6 11PM at Abrons Arts Center (466 Grand St. at Pitt St.)

Gala Chairs: Jane Friedman and East Village Community Coalition
Honorary Chairs: Eric Bogosian, John Leguizamo, and Mark Russell
Hosted by: John Kelly & Lisa Kron
Performances by: Rufus Wainwright, Nilaja Sun, Ann Carlson,
Moe Angelos, Peggy Shaw, Lois Weaver and more!
Presentations by: Jo Bonney, Kate Bornstein,
NYC Councilmember Rosie Mendez, and Mark Russell
The Shining Star Award will be presented to
Performance Space 122’s Founders & Board Pioneers
Charles Dennis, Tim Miller, Charles Moulton, Peter Rose
Joe Donohue, Chet Kerr, Timothy J. McClimon, Pepon Osorio, Peggy Pettitt, Kathy Spahn
Performance Installation by: Pat Oleszko
Exclusive Screening of STUNT: A Musical Motion Picture
Larry Fessenden's documentary featuring David Leslie's death defying leap off the roof of PS122 circa 1988. (In Maria von Trapp drag no less.)
2011 Ethyl Eichelberger Award presentation by:
Julie Atlas-Muz, Justin Bond, John Kelly, Jennifer Miller, and The Gesso Foundation

Performance Space 122 will honor Justin Vivian Bond, Danny Hoch and Carmelita Tropicana at the 30th Anniversary Season Spring Gala on Monday, April 25 beginning at 6pm at the Abrons Arts Center (466 Grand St. at Pitt Street).  Featuring performances by Rufus Wainwright, Nilaja Sun, Ann Carlson and more, this evening will honor and celebrate those who have made great contributions to PS122 and the performing arts community. The evening will include a performance installation by Pat Oleszko as well as an exclusive screening of STUNT: A Musical Motion Picture.In addition to the celebrating the evenings honorees the 2011 Ethyl Eichelberger Award and Shining Star Award will be presented as well.

Evening Overview

6PM Exclusive pre-performance cocktail & hours d'oeuvres reception

7:30PM Live performances, Award presentations & Live auction

9PM Dessert, Silent auction & Post-show party

9:30PM Ethyl Eichelberger Award presentation & Exclusive screening of STUNT; A Musical Motion Picture,Larry Fessenden's documentary featuring David Leslie's death defying leap off the roof of PS122 circa 1987. (In Maria von Trapp drag no less.)

For thirty years Performance Space 122 has brought edge-melting contemporary performance to life. Now, as the institution boldly considers the future the 30th Anniversary Spring Season kicks into high gear with a gala that promises to be one for the ages.

Justin, Danny and Carmelita are three trailblazers who have each made their mark on Performance Space 122 and in the world of contemporary performance over the past three decades. On this one exceptional nightPS122 honors them for their formative careers while giving special thanks to the founders and original Board Pioneers by presenting the Shining Star award to individuals whose leadership was pivotal in both the foundation and growth of Performance Space 122.

More about the honorees:

Carmelita Tropicana, aka Alina Troyano has been writing and performing her plays and monologues since the early 80’s, performing in many downtown clubs and theaters, including regular appearances during the early days of the seminal WOW (Women’s One World) Cafe, and indeed the early days of Performance Space 122 where she presented her play “Memorias de la Revolucion” in 1987. Her work has toured across the country and to Europe and she has received both an Obie as well as the prestigious Anonymous Was a Woman Fellowship. Her history with Performance Space 122 is a rich one. In addition to “Memorias”, performances at the space include Candela Y Azucar (1989), Brave New Worlds (1992), Milk of Amnesia (1994), Our Sor Juana (1995), Chicas 2000 (1998), and Single Wet Female (2002). She has lent her talent to uncountable benefits, and has served on the Board of Directors since 1999. Performance Space 122 owes much to her hard work and artistry, but also for bringing to the space the community of pioneering feminist performing artists that came of age in the 1980’s.

Danny Hoch is an actor, playwright, and director whose work has garnered a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Obies, the Cal Arts/Herb Alpert Award, and fellowships from Sundance, the N.E.A., and the Tennessee Williams foundation. His work has been performed across the country and toured internationally. He presented his first work at Performance Space 122 in 1997 and went on to premiere his acclaimed shows “Some People” and “Jails, Hospitals, and Hip Hop” there in 1997/98, which were later made into films and HBO specials. In 2000, Danny founded the Hip Hop Theater Festival at PS122. The festival has since presented more than 100 hip hop generation plays and performances and currently takes place in multiple cities across the country. Performance Space 122 is proud to have been a home to Danny’s singular and groundbreaking theater work, and salutes his vision and generosity in encouraging a new kind of theater from a new generation of voices.

Justin Vivian Bond was recently described by the New Yorker as “the greatest cabaret artist of the (current) generation.” The singer/songwriter/performance artist has been nominated for a Tony, and awarded with an Obie, as well as a Bessie. Bond’s full length shows have been presented all over the world. First appearing at Performance Space 122 in 1991 in the cast of Kate Bornstein’s “Hidden: A Gender” directed by Noreen V. Barnes, and produced by Lori E. Seid, Bond returned to the space as half of the duo Kiki and Herb for sold-out shows in 1994 and 1998. In addition to performing at many PS122 benefits, and hosting several of PS122’s longest running series, the biannual variety show, Avant-Garde-Arama, Justin premiered “Lustre” at Performance Space 122 in 2008 after winning the Ethyl Eichelberger commissioning award. PS122 has been enriched not only by Justin’s performances, but by the many individuals from the cabaret and transgender performing community who have appeared onstage and in the audience during them.

Sponsorships from $1,500 - $25,000

Single Tickets from $325

Tickets to post-show party / Ethyl Eichelberger Award presentation: $30

(includes 9PM entry, dessert and open bar)

For tickets and more event information:

Performance Space 122 is one of New York's ultimate destinations for cutting-edge theatre, dance, music, live art and multi-media. Now celebrating its 30th Anniversary Season, PS122 is dedicated to supporting and presenting artists who explore innovative form and provocative content, rigorously challenging the boundaries of contemporary performance. PS122 is committed to a steadfast search for pioneering artists from a diversity of cultures, nations and beliefs

Twitter: @PS122








Directed by ROB RUGGIERO

at the Booth Theatre (222 W. 45th Street)

Get High Tickets

HIGH opens tomorrow, Tuesday, April 19th 2011 at the Booth Theatre. HIGH stars HHKathleen Turner, two-time Golden Globe® winner, Academy Award® & Tony Award® nominee as “Sister Jamison Connelly”. HIGH is a new play by Matthew Lombardo and directed by Rob Ruggiero.

HIGH also features Tony Award® nominee Stephen Kunken (Enron) as “Father Michael Delpapp” and Evan Jonigkeit making his Broadway debut as “Cody Randall”.

HIGH explores the universal themes of truth, forgiveness, redemption and human fallibility.  When Sister Jamison Connelly (Turner) agrees to sponsor a 19 year-old drug user in an effort to help him combat his addiction, her own faith is ultimately tested. Struggling between the knowledge she possesses as a rehabilitation counselor and a woman of religious conviction, she begins to question her belief in miracles and whether people can find the courage to change.

Kathleen Turner returns to Broadway following her Tony® nominated performance as “Martha” in the 2005 Tony Award® winning revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

HIGH is produced on Broadway by Leonard Soloway, Chase Mishkin, Terry Schnuck, Ann Cady Scott, Timothy J. Hampton, James & Catherine Berges, Craig Schnuck, Barbara & Buddy Freitag, Lauren Class Schneider, David Mirvish, Gene Fisch, Jr./Stu Sternbach, David Fagin/Rosalind Resnick, Jacki Barlia Florin/Michael A. Alden, Lizabeth Zindel, The Shubert Organization and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.


Tickets are available online at, by phone at (212)239-6200 or at the Booth Theatre Box Office (222 W. 45th St).  Ticket prices range from $61.50-$111.50 with a special preview price of $61.50-$91.50 for performances March 25-April 18.

A $26.50 ticket will be reserved for the first row for all performances, for audience members ages 17-21.  Interested ticket buyers can purchase these seats at the Booth Theatre box office only, the day of the performance.  Limit of two tickets per person.

HIGHcontains mature themes, strong language, and nudity.  A parent or guardian will be required to accompany audience members under 14.


HIGH plays Tuesday - Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2:00 PM & Sunday matinee at 3:00 PM.
Follow HIGH on Twitter: @HighonBroadway and HIGHonFACEBOOK

Follow BBB on Twitter: @BBBway and on Facebook.
For the most up to date press releases visit our Blog.


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Get Spider-Man Turn off the Dark Tickets

New York, NY – Following its historic matinee performance on Sunday, April 17, SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark embarks on a three-week hiatus for technical rehearsals before unveiling the new version of the mega musical on Thursday, May 12.  The original staging of SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark played its final performances to sold-out houses.  The official opening night of the new SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark is set for Tuesday, June 14th at the Foxwoods Theatre (213 West 42nd Street).

The revamping of SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark represents an unprecedented and historic moment on Broadway.  The new version takes the best aspects of the original, adds great new songs by Bono and The Edge, tells the story from a different angle, and will offer an even more thrilling audience experience.

Lead producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris said, in a joint statement, "We salute the artists and performers who have made this show an exciting reality, and we look forward to getting to the finish line with the wonderful new version of SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark that is now in the works, with Phil McKinley at the helm."

It was recently announced that Philip William McKinley, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and Chase Brock have joined the creative team to help implement new staging, assist with book rewrites, and create additional choreography, respectively.  McKinley has vast experience directing technically complex productions on Broadway and beyond. Aguirre-Sacasa is an acclaimed playwright, screenwriter (Big Love) and a noted writer of Spider-Man comic books. Brock is an innovative choreographer experienced with large Broadway shows.

Tickets for SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark are priced from $67.50 - $135 for weekday performances and $67.50 - $140 for weekend performances and can be purchased online or by calling (877) 250-2929. Tickets are also available at the Foxwoods Theatre box office, which will remain open during the show’s hiatus. The box office is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Syfy, the premier cable destination for imagination-based entertainment, is a lead media partner for SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark.

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The Drama League (Jano Herbosch, President; Gabriel Shanks, Executive Director) is pleased to announce that on Monday, April 25, 2011, Norbert Leo Butz and Kathleen Chalfant (both previous winners of The Drama League's Distinguished Performance Award) will announce the nominations for The 77th Annual Drama League Awards.

The announcement will take place at a 10:30 a.m. breakfast reception at SD26 Restaurant, located in the heart of the Flatiron District at 19 East 26th Street (between 5th and Madison Aves.).  Live video coverage of the nominations announcement will be streamed on at 11 a.m.

Mr. Butz and Ms. Chalfant will announce nominations for The Drama League's five annual competitive awards, including Distinguished Production of Play, Distinguished Production of a Musical, Distinguished Revival of a Play, Distinguished Revival of a Musical and the Distinguished Performance Award.

The 77th Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony and Luncheon is set for Friday, May 20, 2011 (noon) in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square (1535 Broadway). The event will be hosted by Academy Award nominee Kathleen Turner, who returns to Broadway this spring in Matthew Lombardo's new drama, High.

As previously announced, each year The Drama League awards three non-competitive Special Recognitions. This year, Whoopi Goldberg will receive the Unique Contribution to the Theatre Award, Liza Minnelli will be honored with the Distinguished Acheivement in Musical Theatre Award and Susan Stroman will receive the Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing.

Long considered the theatre season's most festive award ceremony, The Drama League Awards pays tribute to the season's best performers by including the nominees of The Distinguished Performance Award on a dais.  The 77th Annual Drama League Awards dais will feature approximately 50 stars from the 2010-11 Broadway and Off-Broadway season.

Tickets for The 77th Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony and Luncheon are now available by calling 212-244-9494.  


For more information, please visit

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The Drama League was founded in 1916 as an association of theatre professionals and patrons dedicated to encouraging the finest in professional theatre.  The Drama League provides an unparalleled training program for emerging theatre artists through The Directors Project, which encourages and trains young talents while providing much-needed exposure and essential connections to the professional theatrical community. 

The Drama League's Audience Project is dedicated to building strong, passionate audiences for the American theatre, providing discounted tickets for its members to the best Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional productions across the United States while enhancing the theatergoer's understanding and experience of live theatre through its informative panels, luncheons and discussions with leading figures in the field.  


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Drama Desk and Obie Award-Winning
Keen Company Extends
Their Acclaimed 25th Anniversary Production of

Now Through May 7th ONLY!

“Critics Pick” (New York Times)

Get Benefactors Tickets


The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Keen Company (Carl Forsman, Artistic Director/Wayne Kelton, Executive Director) today announced that their acclaimed 25th Anniversary production of Benefactors would extend to May 7th to accommodate overwhelming demand.

"Gripping! …makes a persuasive argument that this drama rivals Mr. Frayn’s more famous successes, Noises Off and Copenhagen, as the Keen Company unsentimentally reveals how the friendship between two right-thinking, liberal couples slowly unravels all four lives.” (New York Times)

 “Richly eloquent… It could be ripped from recent local headlines. This revival fills the theater with both splendor and discontent” (Time Out NY)

 “A Grade-A revival by the ever-enterprising Keen Company” (Theatermania)

“A sterling revival...Benefactors works on a number of levels, from its look at how varying fortunes affect friendships to its clever riffs on Ibsen's The Master Builder. Under Carl Forsman's assured direction, the performers deliver terrific performances” (New York Post)

Benefactors is well worth your time and attention; Vivienne Benesch is a terrific Jane…Deanne Lorette is bravely uncompromising as Sheila” (Back Stage).

Mr. Forsman directs a cast that includes Vivienne Benesch (appeared opposite Maggie Smith in the London revival of Edward Albee's The Lady from Dubuque; OBIE winner for Lee Blessing's Going to St. Ives), Daniel Jenkins (Love Child, Mary Poppins, Tony nominee for Big River), Deanne Lorette (La Bete), and Stephen Barker Turner (Rinne Groff's Compulsion opposite Mandy Patinkin).

Keen Company produces sincere plays. We believe that theater is at its most powerful when texts and productions are generous in spirit and provoke identification. Inspired by the works of early 20th Century American playwrights, Keen Company demonstrates that an earnest intent can still be sophisticated. We are unafraid of emotional candor, vulnerability, and optimism. Keen Company seeks to create a culture of artists, technicians, administrators and audiences who share a desire to invigorate the theater with productions that connect us through humor, heart and hope.

Remaining performances will be at The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues) and will be Tuesday evenings at 7pm; Wednesday at 3pm and 8pm, Thursday and Friday evenings at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm; and Sunday matinees at 3pm, through May 7th.

Tickets will be $59.75 (includes a $1.25 facility fee) and may be purchased by visiting or calling 212/239-6200. For more information, visit




$1,003,206. Gross for Week Ending April 17, 2011

“All hail the Queen of Broadway!” – New York Post

“Audiences are flocking to Priscilla!” – The New York Times

“A musical extravaganza. Delightfully eye-catching and colorfully hilarious!” – Entertainment Weekly

Get Priscilla Queen of the Desert Tickets

Broadway’s new hit musical PRISCILLA Queen Of The Desert celebrated a top charting week and joined Broadway’s “Millionaire’s Club” - grossing $1,003,206. million for the week ending Sunday, April 17, 2011. 

The highest grossing new musical that has opened on Broadway this season also topped another chart this week as the Original Cast Recording of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Broadway Album Chart.

Following hit productions in Australia, London and Toronto, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The MUSICAL opened to critical acclaim on March 20 at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway).

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The MusicaL stars Tony Award® nominee Will Swenson, Olivier Award nominee Tony Sheldon and Nick Adams as the trio of friends on a heart-warming, uplifting road trip of a lifetime who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed. 

Featuring a score of over 20 dance-floor classics, a company of 27, and with a dazzling array of more than 500 outrageous costumes, the spectacular new stage musical is a sensational journey to the heart of fabulous!

Adapted from the Academy Award® winning film “The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert,” PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL is written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott.  Direction is by Simon Phillips, choreography by Ross Coleman, musical supervision and arrangements by Stephen ‘Spud’ Murphy and set design by Brian Thomson. Production supervised by Jerry Mitchell. Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner have re-created their Academy Award® winning costume designs originally designed for the film.  Lighting is designed by Nick Schlieper, sound design is by Jonathan Deans and Peter Fitzgerald and make up design is by Cassie Hanlon.

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL is produced by Bette Midler; James L. Nederlander; Garry McQuinn, Liz Koops; Michael Hamlyn; Allan Scott; Roy Furman/ Richard Willis; Terry Allen Kramer; Terri and Timothy Childs, Ken Greiner, Ruth Hendel; Chugg Entertainment; Michael Buckley; Stewart Lane/ Bonnie Comley; Bruce Davey; Thierry Suc/TS3; Bartner/ Jenkins; Broadway Across America/H. Koenigsberg; M. Lerner/ D. Bisno/ K. Seidel/ R. Gold; Paul Boskind and Martian Entertainment / Spirtas-Mauro Productions / MAS Music Arts & Show; and David Mirvish.

Ticket prices range from $50.00 - $125.00 and are available by calling Ticketmaster at 877-250-2929, online and in person at The Palace Theatre at 1564 Broadway (between 46th & 47th Streets).

For Tickets, Schedule and more information, visit:

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 “ L O V E ,   L O S S,   A N D    W H A T    I    W O R E ”

Get Love, Loss and What I Wore Tickets

New York, NY (4/14/2011) – Producer Daryl Roth announced today that TV regulars Minka Kelly, most recently seen on NBC’s “Parenthood,” and Susan Sullivan, who stars on ABC’s “Castle,” will join upcoming casts of Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron’s Off Broadway hit Love, Loss, and What I Wore, now in its second smash year at the Westside Theatre (407 W 43 Street). 

Ms. Kelly completes the next cast, which begins Wednesday, April 27 (through May 29) and also includes the previously announced Conchata Ferrell (“Two and a Half Men”), AnnaLynne McCord (“90210”), Anne Meara (“Sex and the City”) and B. Smith (lifestyle expert and restaurateur).

Ms. Sullivan will join supermodel Emme in the June cast, performing June 1 through July 3, 2011.  Additional summer casting will be announced soon.

The current cast of Love, Loss, and What I Wore(through April 24) includes Sonia Manzano, Donna McKechnie, Annie Starke, Freddi Walker-Browne and Rumer Willis

Love, Loss, and What I Wore, opened in October 2009 at the Westside Theatre (407 W 43rd Street), where it’s broken all box office records.  Directed by Karen Carpenter, this collection of stories is based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman, as well as on the recollections of the Ephrons’ friends.  Like the popular book, Love, Loss, and What I Wore uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories that all women can relate to.

The production, which was honored with a 2010 Drama Desk Award and a Audience Award, is performed by a rotating cast of five all-star actors, who perform in five-week cycles.   Members of the rotating cast have included Samantha Bee, Alexis Bledel, Kristin Chenoweth, Tyne Daly, Fran Drescher, Janeane Garofalo, Melissa Joan Hart, Carol Kane, Stacy London, Jane Lynch, Natasha Lyonne, Rosie O’Donnell, Rhea Perlman, Caroline Rhea, Doris Roberts, Tracee Ellis Ross, Sherri Shepherd, Brooke Shields, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Cobie Smulders, Rita Wilson and many more.

In addition to its New York production, Love, Loss, and What I Worehas played in Los Angles, Toronto, Sydney and more and recently announced that a touring production will kick-off at Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse theatre beginning September 13, 2011.

The performance schedule for Love, Loss, and What I Woreis as follows: Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets ($79.00) are available via (212-239-6200) and in-person at the Westside Theatre Box Office (407 West 43rd Street).  Same-day general rush tickets ($25.00, cash only) are available at the Westside Theatre box office, beginning at noon.  (Limited to two rush tickets per person.  Seats are based on availability; some are limited view.)


Minka Kelly.  Most recently, Minka has played Gaby on NBC’s “Parenthood,” starred opposite Leighton Meester in The Roommate, and appeared in the Adam Sandler / Jennifer Aniston film Just Go With It.   Additional TV and film credits include: “Friday Night Lights,” (500) Days of Summer, The Kingdom and many more. Next she’ll star in the upcoming remake of “Charlie’s Angels.”  Love, Loss, and What I Wore marks Minka’s New York stage debut.

Susan Sullivan. Television series: “Castle,” “Falcon Crest,” “Rich Man, Poor Man,” “Julie Farr M.D.,” “Dharma and Greg.”Television films: The Ordeal Of Dr. Mudd, Comedy Company, Panic on Page One, The New Maverick, Midway, Incredible Hulk.  Broadway: Jimmy Shine (starred opposite Dustin Hoffman). Pasadena Playhouse: The Glass Menagerie. Regional theatre: 5th of July, Twelfth Night, Tonight at 8:30, and more. Films include Show and Tell and My Best Friend’s Wedding. Susan serves on Board of National Hospice & Felice Foundations.


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New York, NY – MCC THEATER (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director) today announced that Joely Richardson and Cotter Smith will star in the third and final production of the company’s 25th Anniversary Season, Side Effects by Michael Weller.  As previously announced, David Auburn (author of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Broadway smash Proof) will direct this world premiere production.  Performances of this two-person play begin at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC) on June 2, 2011 with an official opening night set for Sunday, June 19, 2011.  Please note that these dates reflect a different schedule than the one previously announced for this production.     

MCC Theater’s 2008 hit Fifty Words (with acclaimed performances by Norbert Leo Butz and Elizabeth Marvel) culminated in one desperate phone call.  Side Effects is the story of what happened on the other end of the line.  This harrowing and unique journey is expertly plotted by playwright Michael Weller, noted for Loose Ends and Moonchildren, a seminal work for the American stage.  Hugh and Lindy’s marriage seems picture-perfect, a beacon in their microcosmic Midwestern world of dinner parties and fundraisers.  But, behind closed doors - doors they can barely keep shut - they’re falling apart and Hugh’s rising political star is suddenly imperiled.

MCC’s world premiere production of Sharr White’s The Other Place, directed by Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, has been extended through May 1, 2011.  Tickets for The Other Place and Side Effects are available by visiting or by contacting Ticket Central directly at or calling 212-279-4200.

MCC Theater is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary season as one of New York City's leading Off Broadway theater companies, committed to presenting New York and world premieres each season.  When MCC Theater was founded in 1986, its mission was simple: to bring new theatrical voices to theater-going audiences.  MCC Theater continues to accomplish this yearly through three programmatic areas: its mainstage works; its Playwrights’ Coalition, which actively seeks and develops new and emerging writers; and its Education & Outreach Programs, including the Youth Company, which allow more than 1,200 students yearly to experience theater, increase literacy and discover their own voices through the creation of original theater pieces.  Notable MCC Theater highlights include: the 2008 Tony Award-nominated reasons to be pretty by Neil LaBute, last season’s The Pride, Fifty Words, the 2004 Tony-winning production of Bryony Lavery’s Frozen; Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig;Rebecca Gilman’s The Glory of Living; Marsha Norman’s Trudy Blue; Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit; Tim Blake Nelson’s The Grey Zone and Alan Bowne’s Beirut.  Over the years, the dedication to the work of new and emerging artists has earned MCC Theater a variety of awards.

For more information on MCC Theater, visit


Joely Richardson (Lindy) has just finished filming David Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo alongside Daniel Craig, and Red Lights with Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver.  Joely's work over six seasons on “Nip/Tuck” merited two Golden Globe nominations for her performance as 'Julia McNamara' and a Golden Globe win for the series.  Theatre includes: Lady Windermere's Fan (Peter Hall/West End), Miss Julie (James Rudhin/Almeida), Macbeth, Worlds Apart, Every Man in His Humor and A Midsummer Night's Dream (RSC).  Other Film includes: Anonymous (Roland Emmerich), The Last Mimzy (Bob Shaye), The Affair of the Necklace (Charles Shyer), The Patriot (Roland Emmerich), Maybe Baby (Ben Elton), 101 Dalmatians (Steven Herek).  Other Television includes: “The Whole Truth,” “The Tudors,” “Day of the Triffids,” and “Nip/Tuck.”

Cotter Smith (Hugh). Broadway: Next Fall, An American Daughter, Burn This.  Off Broadway: Kin, Next Fall (Naked Angels), How I Learned to Drive, The Dying Gaul (Vineyard), Borderlines, EL Salvador, Empty Hearts, Walking the Dead (Circle Rep), A Soldier’s Play (Negro Ensemble), Blood Knot (Roundabout).  L.A.: The Tavern (L.A. Drama Critics Award), The Seagull, Endgame, The Homecoming, Mad Forest (Matrix Theatre); How I learned to Drive, A Soldier’s Play (Mark Taper); Romeo and Juliet (Skylight).  National tour: Art.  Film: X2; You Don’t Know Jack; Burning Blue; Friends with Kids; Lunatics, Lovers and Poets (Best Supporting Actor nom., Method Fest).  TV: early days of “Hill Street Blues” to this season’s “White Collar.”

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