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MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S WORLD PREMIERE OF

CLOSE UP SPACE

BEGINS REHEARSALS TODAY

BY MOLLY SMITH METZLER

DIRECTED BY LEIGH SILVERMAN

STARRING

MICHAEL CHERNUS, JESSICA DiGIOVANNI, COLBY MINIFIE,

ROSIE PEREZ, DAVID HYDE PIERCE

{module ad_left_body}The Manhattan Theatre Club world premiere of CLOSE UP SPACE, by Molly Smith Metzler, directed by Leigh Silverman begins rehearsals today. CLOSE UP SPACE will begin previews Thursday, December 1 and opens Monday, December 19 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

The limited engagement features Obie Award winner Michael Chernus (The Aliens, In The Wake), Jessica DiGiovanni (Off-Broadway debut), Colby Minifie (The Pillowman, Landscape of the Body), Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Rosie Perez (Fearless, The Ritz) and Tony Award and four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce (“Frasier,” Curtains).

Tony Award and four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce brings his signature wit back to the MTC stage as Paul Barrow, an obsessive book editor on a major deadline. With an assistant (Chernus) who's been camping in the office, a famous author (Perez) threatening to bail on him and an intern (DiGiovanni) who is no help at all, Paul's just about had it! But when his fiery daughter (Minifie) shows up and lambasts him in Russian, Paul faces a glaring personal error that can't be corrected with red ink. Leigh Silverman (Well, From Up Here, Chinglish) returns to MTC to direct this funny and poignant new play about how hard it can be to communicate… in any language.

The creative team for CLOSE UP SPACE includes: Todd Rosenthal (scenic design), Emily Rebholz (costume design), Matt Frey (lighting design), and Jill BC Du Boff (sound design).

Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting new American plays at Manhattan Theatre Club.

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). 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 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.

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR CLOSE UP SPACE:

  • Tickets for CLOSE UP SPACE are available via the New York City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street), CityTix® (212-581-1212) and www.nycitycenter.org.
  • Tickets for CLOSE UP SPACE are $80.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Please note that CLOSE UP SPACE has a varied schedule:

  • THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4: Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinee on Sunday at 2 PM. Please note there are only five performances this first partial week.
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18: Tuesday and Sunday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday and Friday at 8 PM with a matinee on Wednesday at 2 PM. Please note there are only five performances on sale to the general public this week. There will be no performances on Saturday, December 24 or Sunday, December 25.
  • MONDAY, DECEMBER 26 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 1: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 7 PM, Thursday and Friday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM. Please note there is no performance on Sunday, January 1.
  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 3 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 8:  Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 10 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 15: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note, there are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 17 – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

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Manhattan Theatre Club

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

WE LIVE HERE

ENDS LIMITED ENGAGEMENT THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6

AT MTC AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE I (131 WEST 55TH STREET)

“Explosive and Funny! We Live Here announces the arrival
of a bold, ambitious voice in playwright Zoe Kazan.”

– Thom Geier, Entertainment Weekly

{module ad_left_body}Manhattan Theatre Club’s world premiere of WE LIVE HERE, the new play by Zoe Kazan, directed by Sam Gold will end its limited engagement at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street) on Sunday, November 6. When it ends its run, it will have played 22 previews and 31 regular performances.

WE LIVE HERE features Mark Blum (After the Revolution, Twelve Angry Men), Jessica Collins (AMC’s “Rubicon,” Pygmalion), Betty Gilpin (MTC’s That Face, The Language Archive), Amy Irving (The Coast of Utopia, Adam), Oscar Isaac (Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, MTC’s Beauty of the Father), and Jeremy Shamos (Clybourne Park, MTC’s Reckless).

Allie Bateman’s (Jessica Collins) wedding to Sandy (Jeremy Shamos) is Sunday. When Dinah (Betty Gilpin), her precocious younger sister, returns to their parents’ (Mark Blum and Amy Irving) home for the festivities, she brings more than anyone expected: a new boyfriend (Oscar Isaac), whose hidden history resurrects passions and painful memories for the whole family. Over one emotionally charged weekend, the Batemans must acknowledge and accept loss to gain hope for regeneration. Zoe Kazan, one of New York’s most acclaimed young actors, returns to Manhattan Theatre Club for her New York playwriting debut with this world premiere MTC-commissioned play — an incisive and beautifully rendered portrait of a contemporary family coming together through grief and celebration.

WE LIVE HERE was commissioned by MTC through the Bank of America New American Play Program and is the recipient of a 2011 Edgerton New American Play Award.

Below is a sampling of what some critics had to say about the production:

We Live Here reveals Ms. Kazan’s talent as a writer

of believable dialogue with a feel for naturalistic drama.”

  – Charles Isherwood, New York Times

We Live Here signals good things ahead for actress and playwright Zoe Kazan. She recognizes how the idiosyncrasies of relatives can drive us

absolutely crazy and how families really interact.”

  – Mark Kennedy, Associated Press

“Amy Irving is ever charming.”

  – Marilyn Stasio, Variety

“Mark Blum is wonderful.”

  – Chris Kompanek, Theatermania

“Jessica Collins is excellent.”

  – Mark Kennedy, Associated Press

“Betty Gilpin gives an especially watchable performance.”

  – Michael Sommers, New Jersey Newsroom

“Oscar Isaac is excellent.”

  – Charles Isherwood, New York Times

“Jeremy Shamos is winning.”

  – David Cote, Time Out New York

“Gold, who captured the rhythms of everyday life so accurately in Circle Mirror Transformation and The Aliens, performs similar feats of verisimilitude.”

– David Sheward, Backstage

The creative team for WE LIVE HERE includes: John Lee Beatty (scenic design), David Zinn (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), Ryan Rumery (sound design), and Thomas Schall (fight direction).

WE LIVE HERE started previews Thursday, September 22 and opened on Wednesday, October 12.

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

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR WE LIVE HERE:

  • Tickets for WE LIVE HERE are available via the New York City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street), CityTix® (212-581-1212) and www.nycitycenter.org.
  • Tickets for WE LIVE HERE are $80.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Please note WE LIVE HERE is dark on Mondays:

  • THROUGH SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

 

# # # #

www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com
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Manhattan Theatre Club

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S WORLD PREMIERE OF

WE LIVE HERE

OPENS TONIGHT, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12

AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER - STAGE 1

{module ad_left_body}Manhattan Theatre Club’s world premiere of WE LIVE HERE, the new play by Zoe Kazan, directed by Sam Gold opens Wednesday, October 12 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).  The production was recently extended due to popular demand.  Tickets for WE LIVE HERE are now on sale through Sunday, November 6.

WE LIVE HERE features Mark Blum (After the Revolution, Twelve Angry Men), Jessica Collins (AMC’s “Rubicon,” Pygmalion), Betty Gilpin (MTC’s That Face, The Language Archive), Amy Irving (The Coast of Utopia, Adam), Oscar Isaac (Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, MTC’s Beauty of the Father), and Jeremy Shamos (Clybourne Park, MTC’s Reckless).

Allie Bateman’s (Jessica Collins) wedding to Sandy (Jeremy Shamos) is Sunday. When Dinah (Betty Gilpin), her precocious younger sister, returns to their parents’ (Mark Blum and Amy Irving) home for the festivities, she brings more than anyone expected: a new boyfriend (Oscar Isaac), whose hidden history resurrects passions and painful memories for the whole family. Over one emotionally charged weekend, the Batemans must acknowledge and accept loss to gain hope for regeneration. Zoe Kazan, one of New York’s most acclaimed young actors, returns to Manhattan Theatre Club for her New York playwriting debut with this world premiere MTC-commissioned play — an incisive and beautifully rendered portrait of a contemporary family coming together through grief and celebration.

The creative team for WE LIVE HERE includes: John Lee Beatty (scenic design), David Zinn (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), Ryan Rumery (sound design), and Thomas Schall (fight direction).

WE LIVE HERE was commissioned by MTC through the Bank of America New American Play Program and is the recipient of a 2011 Edgerton New American Play Award.

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

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR WE LIVE HERE:

  • Tickets for WE LIVE HERE are available via the New York City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street), CityTix® (212-581-1212) and www.nycitycenter.org.
  • Tickets for WE LIVE HERE are $80.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Please note WE LIVE HERE is dark on Mondays:

  • THROUGH SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16: Tuesday and Sunday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note there are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 17 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 24 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note there are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 31 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

# # # #

www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com
Follow MTC on Twitter: @MTC_NYC or on Facebook.

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For the most up to date press releases visit our Blog.

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

WE LIVE HERE

EXTENDS DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND

TICKETS NOW ON SALE THROUGH SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6

AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE I

WORLD PREMIERE PLAY BY ZOE KAZAN, DIRECTED BY SAM GOLD

TO OPEN WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12

{module ad_left_body}Manhattan Theatre Club is pleased to announce that the world premiere of WE LIVE HERE, by Zoe Kazan, directed by Sam Gold is extending due to popular demand. Tickets for WE LIVE HERE are now on sale through Sunday, November 6. The production will open next Wednesday, October 12 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

WE LIVE HERE features Mark Blum (After the Revolution, Twelve Angry Men), Jessica Collins (AMC’s “Rubicon,” Pygmalion), Betty Gilpin (MTC’s That Face, The Language Archive), Amy Irving (The Coast of Utopia, Adam), Oscar Isaac (Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, MTC’s Beauty of the Father), and Jeremy Shamos (Clybourne Park, MTC’s Reckless).

Allie Bateman’s (Jessica Collins) wedding to Sandy (Jeremy Shamos) is Sunday. When Dinah (Betty Gilpin), her precocious younger sister, returns to their parents’ (Mark Blum and Amy Irving) home for the festivities, she brings more than anyone expected: a new boyfriend (Oscar Isaac), whose hidden history resurrects passions and painful memories for the whole family. Over one emotionally charged weekend, the Batemans must acknowledge and accept loss to gain hope for regeneration. Zoe Kazan, one of New York’s most acclaimed young actors, returns to Manhattan Theatre Club for her New York playwriting debut with this world premiere MTC-commissioned play — an incisive and beautifully rendered portrait of a contemporary family coming together through grief and celebration.

The creative team for WE LIVE HERE includes: John Lee Beatty (scenic design), David Zinn (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), Ryan Rumery (original music & sound design), and Thomas Schall (fight direction).

WE LIVE HERE was commissioned by MTC through the Bank of America New American Play Program and is the recipient of a 2011 Edgerton New American Play Award.

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). 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 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.

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR WE LIVE HERE:

  • Tickets for WE LIVE HERE are available via the New York City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street), CityTix® (212-581-1212) and www.nycitycenter.org.
  • Tickets for WE LIVE HERE are $80.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Please note WE LIVE HERE is dark on Mondays:

  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 3 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 10 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16: Tuesday and Sunday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note there are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 17 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 24 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note there are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 31 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

# # # #

www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com
Follow MTC on Twitter: @MTC_NYC or on Facebook

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For the most up to date press releases visit our Blog.

Thursday, 22 September 2011 16:30

WE LIVE HERE Begins Previews Tonight at MTC

Manhattan Theatre Club

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S WORLD PREMIERE OF

WE LIVE HERE

BEGINS PREVIEWS TONIGHT

BY ZOE KAZAN

DIRECTED BY SAM GOLD

STARRING
MARK BLUM, JESSICA COLLINS, BETTY GILPIN,
AMY IRVING, OSCAR ISAAC, JEREMY SHAMOS
LIMITED ENGAGEMENT TO OPEN WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12

AT MTC AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE I (131 WEST 55TH STREET)

{module ad_left_body}Manhattan Theatre Club’s world premiere of WE LIVE HERE, the new play by Zoe Kazan, directed by Sam Gold begins previews tonight, September 22 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street). The limited engagement will open Wednesday, October 12.

WE LIVE HERE features Mark Blum (After the Revolution, Twelve Angry Men), Jessica Collins (AMC’s “Rubicon,” Pygmalion), Betty Gilpin (MTC’s That Face, The Language Archive), Amy Irving (The Coast of Utopia, Adam), Oscar Isaac (Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, MTC’s Beauty of the Father), and Jeremy Shamos (Clybourne Park, MTC’s Reckless).

Allie Bateman’s (Jessica Collins) wedding to Sandy (Jeremy Shamos) is Sunday. When Dinah (Betty Gilpin), her precocious younger sister, returns to their parents’ (Mark Blum and Amy Irving) home for the festivities, she brings more than anyone expected: a new boyfriend (Oscar Isaac), whose hidden history resurrects passions and painful memories for the whole family. Over one emotionally charged weekend, the Batemans must acknowledge and accept loss to gain hope for regeneration. Zoe Kazan, one of New York’s most acclaimed young actors, returns to Manhattan Theatre Club for her New York playwriting debut with this world premiere MTC-commissioned play — an incisive and beautifully rendered portrait of a contemporary family coming together through grief and celebration.

The creative team for WE LIVE HERE includes: John Lee Beatty (scenic design), David Zinn (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), Ryan Rumery (sound design), and Thomas Schall (fight direction).

WE LIVE HERE was commissioned by MTC through the Bank of America New American Play Program and is the recipient of a 2011 Edgerton New American Play Award.

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). 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 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.

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR WE LIVE HERE:

  • Tickets for WE LIVE HERE are available via the New York City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street), CityTix® (212-581-1212) and www.nycitycenter.org.
  • Tickets for WE LIVE HERE are $80.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Please note WE LIVE HERE is dark on Mondays:

  • THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25: Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinee on Sunday at 2 PM. Please note there are only five performances this first partial week.
  • MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2: Tuesday and Sunday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 3 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 10 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16: Tuesday and Sunday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note there are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 17 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 24 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note there are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.

 

# # # # 

www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com

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

Manhattan Theatre Club

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB ANNOUNCES

ACADEMY AWARD & EMMY AWARD NOMINEE ROSIE PEREZ

JOINS THE CAST OF THE WORLD PREMIERE OF

CLOSE UP SPACE

 

BY MOLLY SMITH METZLER

DIRECTED BY LEIGH SILVERMAN

COMPLETE CAST TO FEATURE

MICHAEL CHERNUS, JESSICA DIGIOVANNI, COLBY MINIFIE,

ROSIE PEREZ and DAVID HYDE PIERCE

 

PREVIEWS BEGIN THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 TO OPEN MONDAY, DECEMBER 19

AT MTC AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE I (131 WEST 55TH STREET)

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director), Barry Grove (Executive Producer), and Mandy Greenfield (Artistic Producer) are pleased to announce full casting for the upcoming world premiere of CLOSE UP SPACEby Molly Smith Metzler, directed by Leigh Silverman.

Joining the cast is Academy Award & Emmy Award nominee Rosie Perez (Fearless, The Ritz) as famous author “Vanessa Finn Adams.” Completing the cast are Jessica DiGiovanni (Off-Broadway Debut) and Colby Minifie (The Pillowman, Landscape of the Body) as well as already announced Tony Award and four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce (“Frasier”, Curtains) and Obie Award winnerMichael Chernus (The AliensIn The Wake).

The limited engagement will start previews Thursday, December 1 and open Monday, December 19 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (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.

Tony Award and four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce brings his signature wit back to the MTC stage as Paul Barrow, an obsessive book editor on a major deadline. With an assistant (Chernus) who's been camping in the office, a famous author (Perez) threatening to bail on him and an intern (DiGiovanni) who is no help at all, Paul's just about had it! But when his fiery daughter (Minifie) shows up and lambasts him in Russian, Paul faces a glaring personal error that can't be corrected with red ink. Leigh Silverman (Well, From Up HereChinglish) returns to MTC to direct this funny and poignant new play about how hard it can be to communicate… in any language.

The creative team for CLOSE UP SPACE includes: Todd Rosenthal (scenic design), Emily Rebholz (costume design), Matthew Frey (lighting design), and Jill BC Du Boff (sound design).

Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting new American plays at Manhattan Theatre Club.

Development of CLOSE UP SPACE was supported by the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center during a residency at the National Playwrights Conference of 2010. Preston Whiteway, Executive Director. Wendy C. Goldberg, Artistic Director.

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.’

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

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR CLOSE UP SPACE:

  • Tickets for CLOSE UP SPACE are available via the New York City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street), CityTix® (212-581-1212) and www.nycitycenter.org.
  • Tickets for CLOSE UP SPACE are $80.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Please note that CLOSE UP SPACE has a varied schedule:

  • THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4: Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinee on Sunday at 2 PM. Please note there are only five performances this first partial week.
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18: Tuesday and Sunday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, DECEMBER 19 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday and Friday at 8 PM. Matinee on Wednesday at 2pm. Please note there are only 6 performances this week. There will be no performances on Saturday, December 24 or Sunday, December 25. Please note, there are only five performances on sale to the general public this week.
  • MONDAY, DECEMBER 26 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 1: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 7 PM, Thursday and Friday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM. Please note there is no performance on Sunday, January 1.
  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 3 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 8:  Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 10 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 15: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note, there are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 17 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 22: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

BIOGRAPHIES

MOLLY SMITH METZLER (Playwright) is the author of Elemeno Pea, which recently premiered at the 2011 Humana Festival at Actors Theatre in Louisville. Next season, her play Close Up Space will premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club, starring David Hyde Pierce. Molly’s plays – which include Training Wisteria and Carve – have been developed by Manhattan Theatre Club 7@7, Playwrights Horizons, The O’Neill Theater Center, Ars Nova, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Chautauqua Theater Company, Summer Play Festival (SPF), Cherry Lane Mentor Project, hotINK, London’s Tristan Bates Theatre, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and the Kennedy Center, where she was the recipient of three KCACTF Awards (The Kennedy Center National Student Playwriting Award, The Mark Twain Comedy Award and The David Mark Cohen Award). Molly is a member of EST, the Ars Nova Play Group and Primary Stages Writing Group; she has been in residence at New River Dramatists, Montana Rep, Williamstown and Hedgebrook. Molly holds an MFA from Tisch and is a recent graduate of The Julliard School, where she was a two-time recipient of the LeComte du Nuoy Prize from Lincoln Center. She lives in Brooklyn Heights with her husband and their awesome Boston terrier.

LEIGH SILVERMAN (Director) Upcoming Broadway transfer of David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish.  Other Broadway: Lisa Kron's Well. Recent world premieres: Chinglish (Goodman Theatre; Jeff Nomination); In The Wake (Center Theatre Group/Berkeley Repertory Theatre and The Public Theatre; OBIE Award, Lortel Nomination); Go Back To Where You Are (Playwrights Horizons: OBIE Award); David Henry Hwang’sYellow Face (Center Theatre Group/The Public Theater); From Up Here (MTC; Drama Desk Nomination); Coraline (MCC/True Love); Beebo Brinker Chronicles (Hourglass Group/ 37 Arts); Creature (New Georges/P73); Hunting and Gathering (Primary Stages); Well (The Public Theater, The Huntington Theatre and ACT); The Retributionists (Playwrights Horizons); Blue Door (Playwrights Horizons and Seattle Repertory Theatre); Oedipus At Palm Springs (NYTW); also Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Second Stage Theatre). West End: Wit (Vaudeville Theatre).    

MICHAEL CHERNUS (Steve). Off-Broadway: In the Wake (Lortel nomination), The Aliens, Hunting and Gathering, The Poor Itch, Rag and Bone, American Sligo, Mr. Marmalade, Essential Self-Defense, Finer Noble Gases, Living Room in Africa. Regional: Romeo and Juliet (Guthrie), The Mistakes Madeline Made (Yale Rep.), Create Fate (Williamstown), Jump/Cut (Woolly Mammoth). Film: The Messenger, Lovely By Surprise, Love and Other Drugs, Higher Ground, Jack and Diane, Feed the Fish, NoNAMES, Coach, The Rebound, Winter Passing, and the upcoming Men In Black 3. TV: “Mercy,” “Bored to Death,” “Damages.” Training: Juilliard.

JESSICA DIGIOVANNI (Bailey) makes her Off-Broadway debut in Close Up Space, which she also appeared in at The O'Neill Theatre Center (2010) and MTC’s 7@7 reading (2009). Theater credits: Training Wisteria by Molly Smith Metzler (Cherry Lane Theatre), Fool for Love (Under St. Marks), Marion Bridge (Director's Co. dir: Laila Robins), and more. Film & TV:  The Sitter, “What Would You Do?”, “Celebrity Ghost Stories”. Jessica can also be seen (and heard) in multiple commercials playing on both coasts. Training: Fordham College at Lincoln Center, Moscow Art Theatre (MXAT) and LAMDA. She lives in New York City. www.jessicadigiovanni.com

COLBY MINIFIE (Harper) Broadway: The Pillowman.  Off-Broadway: Landscape of the Body (Signature), The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (Transport Group), The Shaker Chair (EST, dir Ulu Grosbard).  Film:Camilla Dickinson, Beware the Gonzo, The Greatest, The Winning Season, and Turban Waves.  TV: “Law and Order”, “Eden”, and “Domestic Bliss”.  Colby is a sophomore at the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College. 

ROSIE PEREZ (Vanessa Finn Adams) An Academy Award-nominated actress and Emmy Award-nominated choreographer, Rosie Perez continues to shine in her varied roles in front of the camera, as well as behind it. On the big screen, Perez has starred in comedic and dramatic roles with both ease and acclaim, including Fearless (which garnered her a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination), Human NatureRiding in Cars with BoysDo the Right ThingNight on EarthWhite Men Can’t JumpUntamed HeartIt Could Happen to YouA Brother’s KissKing of the JungleSomebody to LoveThe 24-Hour WomanPineapple Express, and The Take. Her performance in Lackawanna Blues earned her a 2006 NAACP Image Award Nomination for "Outstanding Actress in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special." 

Perez made her Broadway debut in the hit revival of Terence McNally's Frankie & Johnnie in the Clair de Lune, and went on to star in Craig Lucas’ Reckless in Fall 2004.  She recently received rave reviews for her performance in The Ritz on Broadway.

Perez also received critical acclaim for her directorial debut, Yo Soy Boricua Pa’Que Tu Lo Sepas! – a documentary which celebrates Puerto Rican pride. The documentary premiered at the Miami International Film Festival and was featured at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.  It was the highest attended film at Tribeca.

As a producer, Perez's credits include The 24-Hour Woman, HBO’s Rosie Perez Presents Society’s Ride, and Subway Stories.

Throughout her career, Perez has been a vocal activist for a number of causes, especially those related to AIDS and inner-city youth. She is the head of the Artistic Board for the Union Arts Partnership (formerly known as Working Playground), an arts education organization that brings dance, theater, film, poetry and fine arts to students in Harlem, the Bronx and the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Perez also served as the National Spokesperson for Comite Noviembre Puerto Rican Heritage and was honored in New York during Puerto Rican and Hispanic Heritage Month.  She joins the Women for Peace & Justice in Vieques, Puerto Rico in demanding the removal of the US Navy from Vieques and the end of the Navy's use of that island as a test bombing site. 

DAVID HYDE PIERCE (Paul Barrow) Emmy and Tony Award winner David Hyde Pierce made his professional and Broadway debut in 1982 as the waiter in Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy.  He went on to create roles in the off-Broadway productions of Mark O'Donnell's That's it Folks!, Richard Greenberg's The Author's Voice and The  Maderati, Harry Kondoleon's Zero Positive and Jules Feiffer's Elliot Loves,before returning to Broadway in Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles.

In 2005 he originated the role of Sir Robin in the Broadway production of Monty Python's Spamalot, written by Eric Idle, with music by Idle and John Du Prez.  For his performance, Pierce was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical.

In 2007 he won the Tony Award and earned another Drama Desk Award nomination for his role as Lieutenant Frank Cioffi in the Musical Comedy Curtains, before going on to appear in the Manhattan Theatre Club revival of the 1930's comedy Accent on Youth, and most recently, in the acclaimed London and Broadway production of David Hirson's La Bete with Mark Rylance and Joanna Lumley, directed by Matthew Warchus.

In addition to his work in new plays, Mr. Pierce also appeared in Hamlet and Much Ado at Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival Holiday and Camille at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven,Candida at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, The SeagullTartuffeCyrano, and Midsummer's Night's Dream at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, and Peter Brook's production of The Cherry Orchard in New York, Moscow, Leningrad, and Tokyo.  In Los Angeles, he appeared in Terrence McNally's It's Only a Play at the Doolittle Theatre and in the Geffen Playhouse production of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks with Uta Hagen.

Mr. Pierce's film credits include Bright Lights, Big CityCrossing DelanceyLittle Man TateSleepless in SeattleWolfNixonIsn't She GreatWet, Hot, American SummerFull FrontalDown With LoveA Bug's LifeOsmosis JonesTreasure Planet, and the Sundance Film Festival Selection The Perfect Host, which will be released by Magnolia Pictures in 2011.

His television credits include a short but happy stint on Norman Lear's political satire "The Powers That Be," and a long but happy stint on "Frasier," for which he earned four Emmy Awards and the American Comedy, Television Critics, Viewers for Quality Television and Screen Actors Guild Awards.  He most recently joined the New York Philharmonic and an array of Broadway stars including Bernadette Peters, Mandy Patinkin and Patti LuPone, as host of Sondheim! The Birthday Concert, which premiered as part of PBS' Great Performances series.

He teamed with Victoria Clark and Rob Fisher in Night and Day, a Cole Porter Evening, for Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Ravinia Festival, and with Michael Feinstein in his Holiday Celebration at Mr. Feinstein's club at the Regency.

Mr. Pierce has been an Alzheimer's Association National Board Member since 1999. As a board member and national spokesperson, he works with the Association in its mission to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.  In 2010 he was awarded the Tony Awards' Isabelle Stevenson Award for his work with the Association.

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MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S COMPLETE 2011-2012 SEASON

BROADWAY SEASON

VENUS IN FUR

BROADWAY PREMIERE BY DAVID IVES, DIRECTED BY WALTER BOBBIE
STARRING NINA ARIANDA AND HUGH DANCY

WIT

BROADWAY DEBUT OF MARGARET EDSON’S PULITZER PRIZE WINNING PLAY, 
DIRECTED BY LYNNE MEADOW

STARRING CYNTHIA NIXON

THE COLUMNIST

WORLD PREMIERE PLAY BY DAVID AUBURN, DIRECTED BY DANIEL SULLIVAN
STARRING JOHN LITHGOW

 

NEW YORK CITY CENTER STAGE I SEASON

WE LIVE HERE

WORLD PREMIERE MTC COMMISSIONED PLAY BY ZOE KAZAN, DIRECTED BY SAM GOLD

FEATURING MARK BLUM, JESSICA COLLINS, BETTY GILPIN, 
AMY IRVING, OSCAR ISAAC AND JEREMY SHAMOS


CLOSE UP SPACE

WORLD PREMIERE PLAY BY MOLLY SMITH METZLER, DIRECTED BY LEIGH SILVERMAN;
FEATURING MICHAEL CHERNUS AND DAVID HYDE PIERCE

 

ANNOUNCING

REGRETS

WORLD PREMIERE PLAY|
BY MATT CHARMAN
 

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director), Barry Grove (Executive Producer) and Mandy Greenfield (Artistic Producer) announce the complete 2011-2012 theatrical season of six productions including the news that REGRETS, a new play by rising young British playwright Matt Charman will have its world premiere in spring 2012 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55thStreet).

At MTC’s Broadway theatre, the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street), MTC will produce: the Broadway premiere ofVENUS IN FUR by David Ives, directed by Walter Bobbie starring Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy; the Broadway premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play WIT by Margaret Edson, directed by Lynne Meadow starring Cynthia Nixon; and the world premiere ofTHE COLUMNIST by David Auburn, directed by Daniel Sullivan starring John Lithgow.


At New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street), led by Artistic Producer Mandy Greenfield, in addition to REGRETS, the company will produce: WE LIVE HERE, a world premiere play by Zoe Kazan, directed by Sam Gold, featuring Mark Blum, Jessica Collins, Betty GilpinAmy IrvingOscar Isaac and Jeremy Shamos; and CLOSE UP SPACE, a world premiere play by Molly Smith Metzler, directed by Leigh Silverman, featuring Michael Chernus and David Hyde Pierce.

MTC’S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE

Venus in Fur

Broadway Premiere Play by DAVID IVES

Directed by WALTER BOBBIE

Starring NINA ARIANDA and HUGH DANCY

Previews begin: Thursday, October 13, 2011

Opening Night: Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Strictly Limited 10 Week Engagement through Sunday, December 18, 2011

Critically acclaimed as “90 minutes of good, kinky, fun!” by The New York TimesVENUS IN FUR makes its Broadway premiere at MTC. Vanda (Tony Award nominee Nina Arianda) is a preternaturally talented young actress determined to land the lead in Thomas’ (Emmy Award nominee Hugh Dancy) new play based on the classic erotic novel, Venus in Fur. Her emotionally charged audition for the gifted but demanding playwright/director becomes an electrifying game of cat and mouse blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex. This dazzling new play is written by theatrical mastermind David Ives, and directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie

VENUS IN FUR is produced on Broadway by Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) by special arrangement with Jon B. Platt, Scott Landis and Classic Stage Company.

Hugh Dancy is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance of this production.

MTC’S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE

Wit

Broadway Debut of Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play by MARGARET EDSON

Directed by LYNNE MEADOW

Starring CYNTHIA NIXON

Previews begin: Thursday, January 5, 2012

Opening Night: Thursday, January 26, 2012

Exquisitely written, affecting and often humorous, WIT follows a brilliant and exacting poetry professor (Cynthia 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.

Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning WIT premiered Off-Broadway in 1998 and will receive its Broadway debut under the direction of MTC’s award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow. Tony and Emmy Award winner Cynthia Nixon returns to Manhattan Theatre Club following her Tony Award-winning performance in Rabbit Hole.

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The Columnist

World Premiere Play by DAVID AUBURN

Directed by DANIEL SULLIVAN

Starring JOHN LITHGOW

Previews begin: Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Opening Night: Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Columnists are kings in midcentury America and Joseph Alsop (John Lithgow) wears the crown. Joe is beloved, feared and courted in equal measure by the Washington political world at whose center he sits. But as the ‘60s dawn and America undergoes dizzying change, the intense political drama Joe is embroiled in becomes deeply personal as well.

David Auburn, whose Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning Proof dazzled audiences and critics alike, returns to MTC with this fascinating new work directed by his Proof collaborator Daniel Sullivan and starring two-time Tony and five-time Emmy winner John Lithgow as Joseph Alsop.

Lead support for THE COLUMNIST is provided by MTC’s Producing Fund Partner, Andrew Martin-Weber. Additional support for THE COLUMNIST is provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. THE COLUMNISTis a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award. Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting new American plays at Manhattan Theatre Club.


MTC AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE I

We Live Here                             
World Premiere Play by ZOE KAZAN

Directed by SAM GOLD

Featuring MARK BLUM, JESSICA COLLINS, BETTY GILPIN, AMY IRVING, OSCAR ISAAC, JEREMY SHAMOS

Previews begin: Thursday, September 22, 2011

Opening Night: Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Allie Bateman’s wedding is Sunday. When Dinah, her precocious younger sister, returns to their parents’ home for the festivities, she brings more than anyone expected: a new boyfriend, whose hidden history resurrects passions and painful memories for the whole family. Over one emotionally charged weekend, the Batemans must acknowledge and accept loss to gain hope for regeneration.

Zoe Kazan, one of New York’s most acclaimed young actors, returns to Manhattan Theatre Club for her New York playwriting debut with this world premiere MTC-commissioned play — an incisive and beautifully rendered portrait of a contemporary family coming together through grief and celebration under the direction of Obie Award winner Sam Gold.

The production will feature Mark Blum (After the Revolution, Twelve Angry Men), Jessica Collins (AMC’s “Rubicon,” Pygmalion),Betty Gilpin (MTC’s That FaceThe Language Archive), Amy Irving (The Coast of UtopiaAdam), Oscar Isaac (Ridley Scott’sRobin Hood, MTC’s Beauty of the Father) and Jeremy Shamos (Clybourne Park, MTC’s Reckless).

WE LIVE HERE was commissioned by MTC through the Bank of America New American Play Program. WE LIVE HERE is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.

MTC AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE I

Close Up Space

World Premiere Play by MOLLY SMITH METZLER

Directed byLEIGH SILVERMAN

FeaturingMICHAEL CHERNUS, DAVID HYDE PIERCE

Previews begin: Thursday, December 1, 2011

Opening Night: Monday, December 19, 2011

Tony Award and four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce brings his signature wit back to the MTC stage as Paul Barrow, an obsessive book editor on a major deadline. With an assistant (Michael Chernus) who's been camping in the office, a famous author threatening to bail on him and an intern who is no help at all, Paul's just about had it! But when his fiery daughter shows up and lambasts him in Russian, Paul faces a glaring personal error that can't be corrected with red ink. Leigh Silverman (Well, In the Wake, From Up Here) returns to MTC to direct this funny and poignant new play about how hard it can be to communicate… in any language.

Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting new American plays at Manhattan Theatre Club.

MTC AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE I

Regrets

World Premiere Play by MATT CHARMAN

Previews begin: Thursday, March 1, 2012

Opening Night: Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Matt Charman, Britain’s fastest-rising young playwright, makes his New York debut at MTC with this world-premiere play.

Caleb Farley is the youngest man ever to show up at Mrs. Duke’s cabins, a ramshackle retreat in the Nevada desert and one of the few places men can go to secure a quick divorce in 1950s America. Caleb claims he fled his Hollywood home for the same reason as the other men in camp – to shed the lives and wives they’ve known, and loved, to begin anew. But in an era of heightened fears and political distrust, accusations that Caleb is hiding more than just a broken heart test each man’s loyalty – to country and to one another.

This fascinating new drama is an uncommon tale of friendship, loss and finding the courage of one’s convictions.

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 17 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 a 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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SINGLE TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE FOR MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB'S UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS OF
WIT & THE COLUMNIST
AT MTC'S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE

Single tickets are available now for Manhattan Theatre Club's upcoming Broadway productions of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play WIT by Margaret Edson, directed by Lynne Meadow starring Tony and Emmy Award winner Cynthia Nixon and the world premiere of THE COLUMNIST by David Auburn, directed by Daniel Sullivan starring Tony and Emmy Award winner John Lithgow.

Tickets for all three of MTC's 2011-2012 Broadway productions, VENUS IN FUR, WIT, and THE COLUMNIST, are now available by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200, online by visiting www.Telecharge.com, or by visiting the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street).

WIT will begin previews Thursday, January 5, 2012 and open Thursday, January 26, 2012.

Exquisitely written, affecting and often humorous, WIT follows a brilliant and exacting poetry professor (Cynthia 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.

THE COLUMNIST will begin previews on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 and open Wednesday, April 25, 2012.

Columnists are kings in midcentury America and Joseph Alsop (John Lithgow) wears the crown. Joe is beloved, feared and courted in equal measure by the Washington political world at whose center he sits. But as the '60s dawn and America undergoes dizzying change, the intense political drama Joe is embroiled in becomes deeply personal as well.

Additional casting for WIT and THE COLUMNIST 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 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 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.

Tickets for VENUS IN FUR, WIT, and THE COLUMNIST are available by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200, online by visiting www.Telecharge.com, or by visiting the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street). Ticket prices are $57 – $116.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE FOR WIT:
Please note, WIT is dark on Mondays:
THURSDAY, JANUARY 5 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 8: Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinee on Sunday at 2 PM. Please note on this first partial week, there are only five performances and no Saturday matinee.
MONDAY, JANUARY 9 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 22: Tuesday and Sunday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
MONDAY, JANUARY 23 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 29: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note there are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
MONDAY, JANUARY 30 – SUNDAY, MARCH 4: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
MONDAY, MARCH 5 – SUNDAY, MARCH 11: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note there are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE FOR THE COLUMNIST:
Please note, THE COLUMNIST is dark on Mondays:
TUESDAY, APIRL 3 – SUNDAY, APRIL 15: Tuesday and Sunday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
MONDAY, APRIL 16 – SUNDAY, APRIL 22: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
MONDAY, APRIL 23 – SUNDAY, APRIL 29: Tuesday and Sunday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note there are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
MONDAY, APRIL 30 – SUNDAY, MAY 20: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
MONDAY, MAY 21 – SUNDAY, MAY 27: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note there are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
MONDAY, MAY 28 – SUNDAY, JUNE 17: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

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MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB
ANNOUNCES FULL CASTING FOR WORLD PREMIERE OF

WE LIVE HERE

BY ZOE KAZAN

DIRECTED BY SAM GOLD

COMPLETE CAST TO FEATURE
MARK BLUM, JESSICA COLLINS, BETTY GILPIN,
AMY IRVING, OSCAR ISAAC, JEREMY SHAMOS

REHEARSALS BEGIN TODAY
PREVIEWS BEGIN THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 TO OPEN WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12
AT MTC AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE I (131 WEST 55TH STREET)

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director), Barry Grove (Executive Producer), and Mandy Greenfield (Artistic Producer) are pleased to announce full casting for the upcoming world premiere of WE LIVE HERE by Zoe Kazan, directed by Sam Gold.

The cast will feature Mark Blum (After the Revolution, Twelve Angry Men), Jessica Collins (AMC’s “Rubicon,” Pygmalion), Betty Gilpin (MTC’s That FaceThe Language Archive), Amy Irving (The Coast of UtopiaAdam), Oscar Isaac (Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, MTC’s Beauty of the Father), and Jeremy Shamos (Clybourne Park, MTC’s Reckless).

Rehearsals for WE LIVE HERE begin today, August 25. The limited engagement will start previews Thursday, September 22 and open Wednesday, October 12 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (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.

Allie Bateman’s (Jessica Collins) wedding to Sandy (Jeremy Shamos) is Sunday. When Dinah (Betty Gilpin), her precocious younger sister, returns to their parents’ (Mark Blum and Amy Irving) home for the festivities, she brings more than anyone expected: a new boyfriend (Oscar Isaac), whose hidden history resurrects passions and painful memories for the whole family. Over one emotionally charged weekend, the Batemans must acknowledge and accept loss to gain hope for regeneration.Zoe Kazan, one of New York’s most acclaimed young actors, returns to Manhattan Theatre Club for her New York playwriting debut with this world premiere MTC-commissioned play — an incisive and beautifully rendered portrait of a contemporary family coming together through grief and celebration.

The creative team for WE LIVE HERE includes: John Lee Beatty (scenic design), David Zinn (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), Ryan Rumery (sound design), and Thomas Schall (fight direction).

WE LIVE HERE was commissioned by MTC through the Bank of America New American Play Program and is the recipient of a 2011 Edgerton New American Play Award.

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 City;Rabbit 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 www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR WE LIVE HERE:

  • Tickets for WE LIVE HERE are available via the New York City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street), CityTix® (212-581-1212) and www.nycitycenter.org.
  • Tickets for WE LIVE HERE are $80.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Please note WE LIVE HERE is dark on Mondays:

  • THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25: Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinee on Sunday at 2 PM. Please note there are only five performances this first partial week.
  • MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2: Tuesday and Sunday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 3 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 10 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16: Tuesday and Sunday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note there are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 17 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 24 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note there are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.

BIOGRAPHIES

ZOE KAZAN (Playwright). Broadway: A Behanding In SpokaneCome Back, Little ShebaThe Seagull (Drama Desk nom). Off-Broadway: The Prime of Miss Jean BrodieThings We Want and 100 Saints You Should Know (Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel noms). Recipient of the Clarence Derwent Award for work in the 2007-08 season. Films: Revolutionary RoadThe Private Lives of Pippa LeeMe and Orson WellesThe Exploding Girl (Best Actress, Tribeca Film Festival), It's Complicated,HappyThankYouMorePlease and Meek's Cutoff. She is currently filming the Fox Searchlight film He Loves Me, which she wrote and produced and is starring in with Paul Dano. Playwriting credits include Absalom (Humana Festival '09) and a play commissioned by MTC entitled We Live Here. B.A. Yale University.

SAM GOLD (Director) most recently directed Ibsen’s A Doll’s House at Williamstown Theatre Festival and Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County at The Old Globe. Recent credits include the world premiere of Kin by Bathsheba Doran at Playwrights Horizons; The Coward by Nick Jones at Lincoln Center Theater’s LCT3; Tigers be Still by Kim Rosenstock at Roundabout Theatre Company; Stephen Belber’s Dusk Rings a Bell (Atlantic Theater Company); Annie Baker’s The Aliens (Rattlestick) andCircle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons, Obie Award, Drama Desk nomination). Sam directed Nick Jones’ Jollyship the Whiz-Bang, which played to sold out runs at Ars Nova in 2008 and The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival in 2010; Noah Haidle’s Rag and Bone (Rattlestick), Sam Marks’ The Joke (Studio Dante), Betty Shamieh’s The Black Eyed (New York Theater Workshop), Colin McKenna’s The Secret Agenda of Trees (Cherry Lane), The Threepenny Opera and Marlowe’s Edward II (Juilliard), and Anne Carson’s translation of Electra (Williams College). From 2003 to 2006, Sam served as the dramaturg at The Wooster Group. He is a Roundabout Associate Artist, NYTW Usual Suspect, a Drama League Directing Fellow, a recipient of the Princess Grace Award, and a graduate of the Juilliard Directing Program. Upcoming projects include Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar, starring Alan Rickman on Broadway; John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger at the Roundabout; Dan LeFranc’s The Big Meal at Playwrights Horizons; and The Realistic Joneses by Will Eno at Yale Rep. Sam Gold, Nick Jones, and Dave Malloy are currently developing a new musical Homunculus, which has been commissioned and will be produced by Center Theatre Group.

MARK BLUM (Lawrence). Broadway: Twelve Angry MenThe GraduateA Thousand Clowns, Gore Vidal’s The Best ManLost in YonkersMy Thing of LoveThe Merchant. Off-Broadway: After the RevolutionThe OverwhelmingThe Waverly Gallery,The Long Christmas Ride HomeThe Music TeacherThe SeagullMizlansky/ZilinskyGus and Al (Obie), It’s Only A PlayLittle FootstepsKey ExchangeTable SettingsSay Goodnight Gracie. Regional: Long Wharf, Huntington, Old Globe. Film: I Don’t Know How She Does ItThe GreenStep Up 3-DDesperately Seeking SusanCrocodile DundeeShattered GlassThe PresidioBlind DateWorth WinningGetting to Know YouYou Can Thank Me LaterMiami RhapsodyIndictment: The McMartin TrialThe DefendersJust Between FriendsLovesick. TV: “The Good Wife,” “Fringe,” “Jesse Stone,” “The Sopranos,” “The West Wing,” “NYPD Blue,” ”CSI: Miami,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order:  Criminal Intent,” “Frasier,” “Ed,” “The Practice,” “Wings,” “St. Elsewhere,” “Capitol News,” and Steve Martini’s “The Judge.” He is on the faculty of Brooklyn College and HB Studio.

JESSICA COLLINS (Allie) most recently starred in the 2010 AMC series “Rubicon.” Previously, she starred on the ABC series “The Nine” alongside Scott Wolf and Kim Raver. Other television credits include “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order: Los Angeles,” “The Good Wife,” “CSI,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Ghost Whisperer.” Collins made her feature debut in the 2009 film Loss of a Teardrop Diamond opposite Bryce Dallas Howard and Ellen Burstyn. A graduate of Julliard, Collins made her Broadway debut in the 2007 production of Pygmalion and also starred in the world premiere of Manic Flight Reaction at Playwrights Horizons. While attending Julliard, Collins performed in such classic productions as MacbethThree Sisters and Faust. During her training, she was hand selected to attend an elite acting program at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England. One of four daughters, Collins was born in San Antonio, Texas and currently resides in New York.

BETTY GILPIN (Dinah) made her Off-Broadway debut in 2008 in the Second Stage’s production of Good Boys and True. Most recently, Betty co-starred in the world premier of Lucas Kavner’s Fish Eye at Here in New York. She also recently appeared in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of The Language Archive, Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of That Face and at the Second Stage in Howard Korder’s Boys Life. She co-starred with Wendie Malick in Noah Haidle’s two character play, What is the Cause of Thunder? at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Television and film appearances include “The Good Wife,” “Past Life,”“The Unusuals,” Possible Side Effects, “Fringe,” New Amsterdam, “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Medium,” Death in LoveThe Northern Kingdom and the DreamWorks feature Ghost Town with Ricky Gervais. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Fordham College at Lincoln Center and lives in New York City.

AMY IRVING (Maggie) first came to the attention of the film world in the 1970s when she starred in director Brian De Palma’s early films Carrie and The Fury. Irving went on to starring roles in VoicesHoneysuckle RoseThe Competition and Micki and Maude. She received an Oscar nomination for her role in Yentl and a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the popular film Crossing Delancey. Irving appeared in Tuck Everlasting and Steven Soderbergh’s film Traffic. Other feature films include Bossa NovaCarried AwayDeconstructing HarryI’m Not Rappaport13 Conversations About One ThingHide and Seek, and Adam. In theater, Irving trained at the American Conservatory Theater and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Her Broadway credits include Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia at Lincoln Center, The Three Sisters at the Roundabout Theatre, Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass (for which she was nominated for both the Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award), Amadeus and Heartbreak House (for which she received another Drama Desk nomination). Off-Broadway, she received a Drama Desk nomination and won an Obie Award for Best Actress in Athol Fugard's Road to Meccaand starred in Daniel Fish's production of Ibsen’s Ghosts at the Classic Stage Company. She played in Leslie Lyles’ Waters of March and produced and starred in A Safe Harbor for Elizabeth Bishop for Primary Stages (which she originated at New York Stage and Film). Out of town, she portrayed ‘Heidi’ in the Los Angeles premiere of The Heidi Chronicles. At The Santa Fe Festival Theatre she acted with her mother Priscilla Pointer in The Glass Menagerie, and in Coward’s Blythe Spirit. Her most recent stage work was Harris Yulin's production of The Glass Menagerie and Isaac Mizrahi's production of A Little Night Music at The St. Louis Opera. On television, her credits include “The Twilight Zone: Rod Sterling’s Lost Classics," the mini-series “Anastasia,” for which she received a Golden Globe nomination, “Spin City,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Alias” and she most recently guest starred on “House.”

OSCAR ISAAC (Daniel) isclassically trained with an internationally diverse heritage, and is poised to take Hollywood by storm. His upcoming films include Drive (Film District) starring opposite Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, W.E. (Weinstein Company) co-starring Abbie Cornish and directed by Madonna, Ten Year directed by Jamie Linden and co-starring Channing Tatum, Anthony Mackie, Rosario Dawson, and Justin Long, Cristiada opposite Andy Garcia,Still I Rise (Walden Media) opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis, Revenge for Jolly! with Kristen Wiig, Elijah Wood and Ryan Phillipe, and The Bourne Legacy (Universal) opposite Jeremy Renner and directed by Tony Gilroy. In Agora (Universal Focus)directed by Academy Award Winner Alejandro Amenabar, Oscar co-starred opposite Academy Award winner, Rachel Weisz and Max Minghella. In 2009, Isaac won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work inBalibo playing Nobel Peace Prize winner, ‘Jose Ramos Horta.’ He previously worked with W.E. co-star Abbie Cornish on Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch (Warner Brothers). Issac co-starred in Robin Hood (Universal) and Body of Lies (Warner Brothers) bothdirected by Ridley Scott and was also seen in Steven Soderbergh’s Che, with Benicio del Toro. His first starring role was as ‘Shiv’ opposite Paddy Considine and Radha Mitchell in the critically lauded PU-239 from HBO Films. The film was directed by Scott Z. Burns and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2006 and aired on HBO in 2007. Isaac wowed audiences with his performance as ‘Joseph’ in New Line Cinema’s Christmas drama, The Nativity Story, which chronicled the arduous journey of Mary and Joseph, a miraculous pregnancy, and the history-defining birth of Jesus. It was the first film ever to premiere at the Vatican. Isaac has also garnered superb reviews for his stage work, his credits include the title role in Romeo and Juliet and Two Gentlemen of Veronaboth for The Public Theatre's revered Shakespeare in the Park, Beauty of the Father by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz at Manhattan Theatre Club and Grace with Lynn Redgrave at the MCC Theater. Isaac also writes and performs music with his band, nightLab. He was raised in Miami and currently resides in New York.

JEREMY SHAMOS (Sandy). Broadway credits include: Elling, Reckless, and The Rivals. Off-Broadway credits include: Clybourne Park (Drama League, Lucille Lortel Award nominations); Animals Out of Paper (Drama Desk Award nomination);Engaged (Obie Award); The New York Idea (Atlantic Theater); 100 Saints You Should KnowMiss Witherspoon (Playwrights Horizons)Gutenberg! The Musical! (Actors’ Playhouse/59E59); Observe the Sons of Ulster… (Linclon Center Theater), Shakespeare (Abridged) (Century Center)RaceThe Alchemist (Classic Stage Company); Stranger (Vineyard)HamletCymbeline andParis Commune (Public Theater); Corpus Christi(MTC). “Bottom” in New York Philharmonic’s Midsummer’s… (Sir Neville Mariner conductor).Regional: The McCarter, The Huntington, Hartford Stage, The Long Wharf, La Jolla Playhouse, Court Theater in Chicago and The Williamstown Theater Festival. Film: Taking WoodstockDedicationThe ReboundTrust the Man. Television: “Fringe,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Damages,” “Stella,” and “Hack.”

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MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S HIT PRODUCTION OF

MASTER CLASS

MUST END EXTENDED ENGAGEMENT SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

AT MTC’S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE

“Tyne Daly is giving one of the most talked about performances
of this theatre season.”

-- Leonard Lopate, WNYC

Get Master Class Tickets

Manhattan Theatre Club’s hit production of Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning MASTER CLASS, directed by Stephen Wadsworth must end its extended engagement at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) on Sunday September 4 after playing 26 preview performances and 70 regular performances. The play began previews on Tuesday, June 14 and opened Thursday, July 7 to rave reviews for the production and Tyne Daly’s performance as the legendary Maria Callas. The production was extended twice due to popular demand.

In addition to Daly, the play stars Sierra BoggessClinton BrandhagenJeremy CohenAlexandra Silber, and Garrett Sorenson.

Terrence McNally’s play about Maria Callas (Tyne Daly) takes us to one of her famous master classes, where, late in her own career, she dares the next generation to make the same sacrifices and rise to the same heights that made her the most celebrated, the most reviled and the most controversial singer of her time.

Below is a sampling of what critics had to say about the production and Daly’s performance:

“Tyne Daly is remarkable. You can’t take your eyes off of her. This is one of the most haunting portraits I’ve seen of life after stardom. In this Manhattan Theatre Club production, directed by Stephen Wadsworth, the ego of Daly’s Callas is Olympian and it’s scary. Daly’s early interactions with Jeremy Cohen and Clinton Brandhagen are amusingly impatient and imperious as are her sessions with the three students she (sort of) listens to and feels free to insult: two sopranos, Sophie De Palma (Alexandra Silber) and Sharon Graham (Sierra Boggess), and a tenor, Anthony Candolino (Garrett Sorenson). McNally has provided arialike monologues in which Daly relives theatrical triumphs and painful intimate scenes. For these, Thomas Lynch’s set dissolves from a wood-paneled auditorium into a cavern of pulsing darkness with illuminated glimpses of grandeur past (David Lander did the lighting), while the real Callas’s inimitable voice fills the air. (Jon Gottlieb is the sound designer.)

--  Ben Brantley, New York Times

“This brilliant revival of Terrence McNally’s insightful Master Class is excellently directed by Stephen Wadsworth. With intellectual and emotional splendor that captured my heart, Tyne Daly fully embodies this role wanting us to see both the woman and the diva.”

--  Hilton Als, The New Yorker

“FOUR STARS! Terrence McNally’s brilliant Master Class is highly enjoyable and wonderfully performed. Tyne Daly’s terrific portrait of Callas is complicated and charismatic. Master Class is beautifully sung by Alexandra Silber, Garrett Sorenson and Sierra Boggess. Daly and a company, that also includes Jeremy Cohen and Clinton Brandhagen, make it easy for the audience to hang on each word, note and gesture.

--  Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News

“Tyne Daly is doing something extraordinary in Master Class. This is a deeply considered characterization that never goes for theatrical effect at the expense of emotional insight. Her finely layered performance is riveting. Stephen Wordsworth’s polished production features a cast with impressive musicianship,

--  David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

“Electrifying! Tyne Daly brings a sense of vulnerable humanity to her heartbreaking Maria Callas, but she's also incredibly vital. She draws on her consummate comic skills to deliver Callas's hilariously cruel put-downs with impeccable timing and terrific panache. Daly's look starts with the intense gaze from her made-up eyes designed by Angelina Avallone, takes its cosmopolitan style from a smart pants suit and Hermes scarf by Martin Pakledinaz, and topped by a magnificent jet-black wig by Paul Huntley.”

--  Marilyn Stasio, Variety

“Tyne Daly is rip-roaringly funny. She plays Callas as a steely woman with a quick-to-bristle exterior who surprises herself when softer emotions bubble out. It's a portrait filled with love, respect and understanding about both the diva's loneliness and her deep craving for affection. She is aided by a wonderful supporting cast that includes Sierra Boggess whose tangling with Daly is a highlight of the play, Clinton Brandhagen, an adorable Alexandra Silber, Jeremy Cohen as the accompanist, and Garrett Sorenson who plays his role with aplomb.”

--  Mark Kennedy, Associated Press

“FOUR STARS! Exquisite! Terrence McNally’s Master Class is funny, reverential and wholly engrossing. Just as the play recreates a master class in singing, so the extraordinary Tyne Daly as Callas offers a master class in technique to inspire any acting student. Under Stephen Wadsworth’s finely detailed direction Daly captures Callas’s spirit and fire.”

--  Jeremy Gerard, Bloomberg News

“Tyne Daly is magnificent as Maria Callas! This is a mesmerizing evening that will take your breath away. Sierra Boggess, Clinton Brandhagen, Jeremy Cohen, Alexandra Silber, Garrett Sorenson, are all fantastic.

This is going to be the performance of the year. I promise you are going to thank me when you get tickets.”

--  Joan Hamburg, WOR Radio

Master Class is intelligent entertainment. Tyne Daly’s acting smolders with remembered heartbreak. Stephen Wadsworth’s operatic know-how pays off richly. Sierra Boggess and Alexandra Silber give effective performances while Garrett Sorenson sings with passion and brilliance.”

--  Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal

“The vibrant Tyne Daly plays Callas with salt, steel and earthiness. This Callas is part grande dame, part dragon lady, and part artistic muse. Terrence McNally is skilled at balancing humor with pathos while the staging by opera veteran Stephen Wadsworth is stately and dignified.”

--  David Cote, NY1

The creative team for MASTER CLASS includes Thomas Lynch (scenic design), Martin Pakledinaz (costume design), David Lander (lighting design), Jon Gottlieb (sound design), and Paul Huntley (wig design).

MASTER CLASS is produced by Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) by special arrangement withMax CooperMaberry TheatricalsMarks-Moore-Turnbull Group and Ted Snowdon.

As part of MTC’s 2011-2012 Broadway season, the company will produce: the Broadway premiere of VENUS IN FUR by David Ives, directed by Walter Bobbiestarring Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy; the Broadway premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play WIT by Margaret Edson, directed by Lynne Meadowstarring Cynthia Nixon; and the world premiere of THE COLUMNIST by David Auburn, directed by Daniel Sullivan starring John Lithgow.

Tickets for MASTER CLASS are available by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200, online by visiting www.Telecharge.com, or by visiting the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street). Ticket prices are $57 – $121.

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

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE FOR MASTER CLASS:

Please note MASTER CLASS is dark on Mondays:

·          THROUGH SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

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