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Manhattan Theatre Club’s Broadway premiere of WIT, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Margaret Edson, directed by Lynne Meadow will open tomorrow, January 26 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

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Manhattan Theatre Club is pleased to announce full casting for the upcoming Broadway premiere of the Pulitzer Prize winning play WIT, by Margaret Edson, directed by Lynne Meadow.

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Manhattan Theatre Club is pleased to announce that Tony and Emmy Award winner Cynthia Nixon will return to MTC to star in the Broadway premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play WIT by Margaret Edson, directed by MTC’s award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow. The limited engagement of WIT will begin previews Thursday, January 5, 2012 and open Thursday, January 26, 2012 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

Nixon returns to Manhattan Theatre Club following her Tony Award-winning performance in David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole. Nixon is one of the most acclaimed and sought after actresses working today. In addition to Rabbit Hole, her stage credits include: DistractedThe Prime of Miss Jean BrodieThe Women, and her remarkable simultaneous Broadway performances in Hurlyburly and The Real Thing. Nixon earned her first Emmy as ‘Miranda Hobbes’ in the iconic HBO series “Sex and the City,” and a second Emmy for her guest starring role on “Law & Order: SVU.” She can currently be seen in Showtime’s critically acclaimed series “The Big C” opposite Laura Linney.

Exquisitely written, affecting and often humorous, WIT follows a brilliant and exacting poetry professor (Nixon) as she undergoes experimental treatment for cancer. A scholar who devoted her life to academia, she must now face the irony and injustice of becoming the subject of research.

WIT had its New York premiere in 1998 receiving universal acclaim and ran Off-Broadway for over 500 performances. It was the most honored play of the season garnering the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was named Best Play by the New York Drama Critic Circle, the Drama Desk Awards, the Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League, and the Lucille Lortel Awards.

MTC’s upcoming world premiere of David Auburn’s THE COLUMNIST, which had been previously announced for January dates, will now begin previews on Tuesday, April 3 and open Wednesday, April 25 at the Friedman Theatre.

Additional casting, creative team, and other listings information for the production will be announced in the coming weeks. Subscriptions to MTC’s 2011-2012 season are available online at Single tickets to WIT will be available beginning Tuesday, September 6.

In addition to WIT, MTC’s Broadway season at the Friedman Theatre will include the Broadway premiere of VENUS IN FUR by David Ives, directed by Walter Bobbie, starring Nina Arianda and THE COLUMNIST by David Auburn.

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 18 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). Renowned MTC productions include Good PeopleThe Whipping ManTime Stands StillThe Royal FamilyRuinedThe American Plan; Come Back, Little ShebaBlackbirdTranslationsShining 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.’

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MARGARET EDSON (Playwright) was born in Washington, DC in 1961. Between earning degrees in history and literature, she worked in the cancer and AIDS inpatient unit of a research hospital. Wit, her first and only play, was written in 1991. It received its first production in 1995 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1999. The HBO production won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie in 2001. The play has received hundreds of productions in dozens of languages and is taught in classes ranging from high-school English to medical ethics. Edson is in her 19th year as a public school teacher. After many years teaching kindergarten, she currently teaches sixth grade social studies at Inman Middle School in Atlanta. She and her partner Linda Merrill are the proud parents of two sons, Tim, 11, and Pete, 9.

LYNNE MEADOW (Director) has been the visionary and artistic leader of Manhattan Theatre Club since 1972, creating work that has put the company at the forefront of the American theatre. Lynne has overseen hundreds of world ,US and New York premieres; directed dozens of new plays on and off Broadway by America's and England's finest playwrights; and accepted every major theatre award, (Tonys, Drama Desks, Obies, etc.) on behalf of the company.

Her shows as a director include: Donald Margulies’ Collected Stories on Broadway; the 2001 Tony Award-nominated production of The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife on Broadway, at MTC; the Broadway production of A Small Family Business; Donald Margulies’ The Loman Family Picnic, Off-Broadway; Alan Ayckbourn’s award-winningWoman in Mind and Absent Friends; the Obie Award-winning Ashes by David Rudkin; Charles Busch’s Our Leading Lady; David Greig’s The American Pilot; Ron Hutchinson’s Moonlight and Magnolias; Marsha Norman’s Last Dance; David Edgar’s The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs; Principia Scriptoriae; Lee Blessing’sEleemosynary; Biography; Simon Gray’s Close of Play and Sally and Marsha.

Some of the world and New York premieres produced under her artistic direction include, the Fats Waller musical, Ain't Misbehavin' ; Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart (Pulitzer Prize) and The Miss Firecracker Contest; Richard Greenberg’s Eastern Standard; Stephen Sondheim’s Putting It Together; Athol Fugard’s Playland; Charlayne Woodard’s  Pretty Fire; Terrence McNally’s Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony Award for Best Play) and Lisbon Traviata; A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia; David Lindsay-Abaire’s Fuddy MeersRabbit Hole (Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award nomination for Best Play) and Good People; August Wilson’s King Hedley II; David Auburn’s Proof (Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play); Donald Margulies’ Sight Unseen (Pulitzer Prize finalist) and Time Stands Still; John Patrick Shanley’sDoubt (Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play); Alfred Uhry’s LoveMusik suggested by the letters of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya, Lynn Nottage’s Ruined (Pulitzer Prize); George S. Kaufman’s and Edna Ferber’s The Royal Family; Lee Hall’s The Pitmen Painters.

Lynne is a graduate of Bryn Mawr, and attended the Yale School of Drama. She has taught at Yale, Fordham, NYU, etc. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lee Reynolds Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women, the Manhattan Award from Manhattan Magazine, the Person of the Year from National Theatre Conference, the Margo Jones Award, the 2003 Mr. Abbott Award, and this past spring The Lucille Lortel Award for lifetime achievement and The Lilly Award for Lifetime Achievement.

CYNTHIA NIXON (Vivian Bering, Ph.D.). Emmy and Tony Award winner Cynthia Nixon has been a critically acclaimed and sought after actress since the age of 12. Nixon will next appear in the film Rampart with Anne Heche and Woody Harrelson. She will also reprise her guest starring role on season two of Showtime’s critically acclaimed hit “The Big C” opposite Laura Linney.

Nixon last played Michele Davis in Curtis Hanson’s “Too Big to Fail” for HBO, a story about the collapse of Wall Street and the financial crisis of 2008 in which a group of powerbrokers decide the fate of the world’s economy in a matter of a few weeks. The telepic also stars James Woods, Paul Giamatti and William Hurt. Prior to that Nixon starred in the sequel to New Line's 2008 summer blockbuster Sex and the City: the Movie, which was released on May 27, 2010. She also recently played in Richard Laxton's An Englishman in New York opposite John Hurt. Beforehand, she appeared in Derick and Steven Martini’s film Lymelife along with Alec Baldwin and Timothy Hutton and played opposite John Leguizamo in The Babysitters, which premiered at the 2008 The Tribeca Film Festival. Nixon was seen in New Regency's feature Little Manhattan as well as in Alex Steyermark's One Last Thing, which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival and was screened at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. The actress starred in HBO’s telepic “Warm Springs,” in which she plays Eleanor Roosevelt opposite Kenneth Branagh's Franklin Roosevelt. This role earned Nixon a Golden Globe nomination, a SAG Award nomination, and an Emmy nomination. In 2004 she starred in the mini-series “Tanner on Tanner,” directed by Robert Altman and written by Garry Trudeau, a sequel to “Tanner ’88.”

For six seasons Nixon starred as ‘Miranda Hobbes’ in HBO's much celebrated series, “Sex and the City,” a role that garnered her an Emmy Award in 2004 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, two other Emmy nominations, and four consecutive Golden Globe nominations. Nixon was honored with the 2001 and 2004 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

Nixon was most recently seen onstage as ‘Mama’ in Lisa Loomer’s Off-Broadway play Distracted, which was directed by Mark Brokaw for the Roundabout Theatre. Nixon’s performance earned her a Drama League nomination. Prior to that she performed the title role of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. In 2006 the actress completed a successful run in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize winning play Rabbit Hole for which she won the Tony Award for Best Actress, as well as earned a Drama League nomination and an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination. Prior to that, she performed on Broadway as ‘Mary Haines’ in The Roundabout's revival of The Women, which was also broadcast on PBS’ “Stage to Screen” series. Nixon won a Theatre World Award at 14 for her stage debut as ‘Dinah Lord’ in Ellis Rabb’s production of The Philadelphia Story at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater. At 15, she was directed by acclaimed filmmaker Louis Malle in the title role of John Guare’s Lydie Breeze. Most remarkably, at age 18, she appeared simultaneously in two Broadway productions, David Rabe’s Hurlyburlyand Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, both directed by Mike Nichols.

Nixon began her film career at age 12 with Ronald F. Maxwell’s Little Darlings and went on to appear in Sidney Lumet’s Prince of the City, Milos Forman’s Amadeus, Robert Altman’s O.C. & Stiggs, Marshall Brickman’s The Manhattan ProjectLet it RideAddams Family ValuesThe Pelican Brief, John Hughes’ Baby’s Day Out,Marvin’s RoomThe Out-of-TownersIgby Goes Down, and Advice from a Caterpillar, based on the play by Douglas Carter Beane.

Nixon’s very first professional job was the ABC After-School Special “Seven Wishes of a Rich Kid,” costarring Butterfly McQueen. She went on to appear in PBS’s presentation of Mark Twain’s “Private History of a Campaign that Failed,” Lanford Wilson’s “Fifth of July” and Jonathan Marc Sherman’s “Women and Wallace” (the last two for “American Playhouse”).

She has most recently appeared on network television in a guest role on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” as well as on “Law & Order: SVU,” a role which earned her an Emmy Award for Guest Actress in a Drama Series. Additional appearances include “House,” “ER,” and “Papa’s Angels.” In 2009, Nixon was awarded a Best Spoken Word Album Grammy for her recording of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth.

Born and raised in New York City, Nixon attended Hunter College High School and has a degree in English Literature from Barnard College. She and her fiancée Christine live in New York City with their daughter, Samantha, and sons, Charlie and Max.

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“Tony Kushner and Oskar Eustis in Conversation,”

A Public Forum Discussion of
Politics and Theater in America
On Sunday, May 8

Special Guest Cynthia Nixon Will Host

The Finale of The Public Forum’s Inaugural Season

Single Tickets Go On Sale Thursday, April 21

April 14, 2011 –The Public Theater (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Joey Parnes Interim Executive Director) announced the final Public Forum evening of the season, “Tony Kushner and Oskar Eustis in Conversation,” on Sunday, May 8 at 8 p.m. In his new play, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, Kushner writes movingly about politics and family in America today—plus unions, real estate and love. On Sunday, May 8, Kushner and Eustis will discuss these topics and more, with an introduction by special guest host Cynthia Nixon.  Public Forum single tickets are $25 and go on sale beginning Thursday, April 21 at (212) 967-7555 or

The Public Forum is a high-profile new series of lectures, debates, and conversations. Curated by Jeremy McCarter, the Forum features leading voices in politics, media, and the arts. Alec Baldwin, Sam Waterston, and NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman have hosted programs in its inaugural season, which have featured the insights of Stephen Sondheim, Jay McInerney, Arianna Huffington, Richard Foreman, Hendrik Hertzberg, and young veterans of the war in Afghanistan -- plus performances by Anne Hathaway and Michael Cerveris, among others.

OSKAR EUSTIS is the Artistic Director of The Public Theater and has worked as a director, dramaturg, and artistic director for theaters around the country. From 1981 through 1986 he was resident director and dramaturg at the Eureka Theatre Company in San Francisco, and Artistic Director until 1989, when he moved to the L.A.’s Mark Taper Forum as Associate Artistic Director until 1994. Mr. Eustis then served as Artistic Director at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island for 11 years. In 2005 he took the helm at New York’s Public Theater. Throughout his career, Mr. Eustis has been dedicated to the development of new plays as both a director and a producer. At The Public he directed the New York premiere of Rinne Groff’s Compulsion and The Ruby Sunrise, Larry Wright’s The Human Scale and Hamlet for Shakespeare in the Park. At Trinity Rep, he directed the world premiere of Paula Vogel’s The Long Christmas Ride Home (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production); Homebody/Kabul (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production). He has directed the world premiere of Rinne Groff’s The Ruby Sunrise and Compulsion; Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director); Angels in America, Part II: Perestroika; as well as world premieres of plays by Philip Kan Gotanda, David Henry Hwang, Emily Mann, Suzan-Lori Parks, Ellen McLaughlin, and Eduardo Machado. He commissioned Tony Kushner’s Angels in America at the Eureka Theatre Company in San Francisco and directed its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum. He was a professor of Theatre, Speech and Dance at Brown University, where he founded and chaired the Trinity Rep/Brown University Consortium for professional theater training. He received an honorary doctorate from Rhode Island College in 1999 and Brown in 2001 and has held professorships at Brown, UCLA and NYU. He currently serves as Professor of Dramatic Writing and Arts and Public Policy at New York University.  Eustis was the lead producer on the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and The Merchant of Venice on Broadway.

TONY KUSHNER is the playwright of The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scripture,opening at The Public on May 5. His other plays include A Bright Room Called Day; Angels in America, Parts One and Two; Slavs!; Homebody/Kabul; and Caroline, or Change, a musical with composer Jeanine Tesori.  He has adapted and translated Pierre Corneille's The Illusion, S.Y. Ansky's The Dybbuk, Bertolt Brecht's The Good Person of Sezuan and Mother Courage and Her Children; and the English-language libretto for the opera Brundibár by Hans Krasa.  He wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols' film of Angels In America, and Steven Spielberg's Munich. His books include Brundibar, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak; The Art of Maurice Sendak, 1980 to the Present; and Wrestling With Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict, co-edited with Alisa Solomon. Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, two Evening Standard Awards, an Olivier Award, an Emmy Award and an Oscar nomination, among other honors.  In 2008, he was the first recipient of the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award.  

CYNTHIA NIXON is a Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award-winning actress.  For six seasons, Nixon starred as Miranda Hobbes in HBO's much celebrated series, “Sex and the City,” a role that garnered her an Emmy Award in 2004 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, two other Emmy nominations, and four consecutive Golden Globe nominations. Nixon has a long history with The Public Theater and Tony Kushner having appeared as Juliet in The Public’s Romeo and Juliet, Harper Pitt in Angels in America on Broadway and The Illusion Off-Broadway. Nixon was most recently seen onstage as in Lisa Loomer's Distracted, for which she received a Drama League nomination. Prior to that, she preformed the title role of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. In 2006, she completed a successful run in David Lindsay-Abair's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Rabbit Hole, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Actress, as well as earned a Drama League nomination and an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination. She also performed on Broadway as Mary Haines in The Roundabout's revival of The Women, which was broadcast on PBS' Stage to Screen series. Nixon won a Theatre World Award at 14 for her stage debut as in Ellis Rabb's production of The Philadelphia Story. At 15, she was directed by acclaimed filmmaker Louis Malle in the title role of John Guare's Lydie Breeze. Most remarkably, at age 18, she appeared simultaneously in two Broadway productions, David Rabe's Hurlyburly and Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, both directed by Mike Nichols.  Nixon began her film career at age 12 with Ronald F. Maxwell's Little Darlings and went on to appear in Milos Forman's Amadeus, Marshall Brickman's The Manhattan Project, The Pelican Brief, John Hughes' Baby's Day Out, Marvin's Room, and Advice from a Caterpillar, based on the play by the Douglas Carter Beane. She has most recently appeared on network television in a guest role on “Law & Order: SVU,” a role which earned her an Emmy Award for Guest Actress in a Drama Series. In 2009, Nixon was awarded a Spoken Word Grammy for her recording of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. Nixon will be seen this May in HBO’s “Too Big to Fail.” Following that she will appear in the film Rampart, with Anne Heche and Woody Harrelson, as well as reprise her role in Season Two of Showtime’s critically acclaimed hit “The Big C.”

THE PUBLIC THEATER (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Joey Parnes, Interim Executive Director) was founded by Joseph Papp in 1954 and is now one of the nation’s preeminent cultural institutions, producing new plays, musicals and productions of classics at its downtown home and at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Public Theater’s mandate to create a theater for all New Yorkers continues to this day on stage and through extensive outreach and education programs. Each year, more than 250,000 people attend Public Theater-related productions and events at six downtown stages, including Joe’s Pub, and Shakespeare in the Park. The Public Theater’s productions have won 42 Tony Awards, 151 Obies, 41 Drama Desk Awards and four Pulitzer Prizes. Fifty-four Public Theater productions have moved to Broadway, including Sticks and Bones; That Championship Season; A Chorus Line; For Colored Girls…; The Pirates of Penzance; The Tempest; Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk; The Ride Down Mt. Morgan; Topdog/Underdog; Take Me Out; Caroline, or Change; Passing Strange; the revival of HAIR; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and The Merchant of Venice.


All tickets for Public Forum are $25 and are on sale now to Public Theater Members. Single tickets for “Tony Kushner and Oskar Eustis in Conversation” go on sale to the general public beginning Thursday, April 21 at (212) 967-7555,, or in person at The Public Theater Box Office. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street. (The evening’s line-up is subject to change.)

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Cynthia Nixon, Anna Deavere Smith and Marsha Mason at United Solo Events

United Solo, The World’s Largest Solo Theatre Festival is now up and running. Our line-up of forty-seven solo performances is presented between November 8 and 21 at the Theatre ROW at 42nd Street in New York City.

Five shows have been sold out by the third day of the Festival. “It Goes without Saying” performed by Bill Bowers is among them. This play is scheduled for Monday, November 15 at 8:30pm. Attendance of well-known actors and public figures has been confirmed, including Cherry Jones, Sarah Paulson and Cynthia Nixon. 

All performers at United Solo Theatre Festival compete for a collection of various awards, including: the best in acting award, best performance, best script, and audience award. The winners will be announced at the Closing Ceremony on November 21st. Four-time Academy Award nominee Marsha Mason will be there to present awards, including a special uAward for the outstanding achievements in popularizing the idea of one-person show on stage. Anna Deavere Smith will attend this event as one of the nominees for the uAward.

We invite the press to attend. Please, contact Marcin Lipinski at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  at least 24 hours prior to the show of your choice. We can also arrange an interview with any of our performers upon your request.

Full list of performers and more information on the Festival at