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MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB ANNOUNCES
2011 RECIPIENTS OF THE

ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION INITIATIVE COMMISSIONS

COMMISSION RECIPIENTS INCLUDE

DANIEL GOLDFARB, ANNE WASHBURN, LISA D’AMOUR, SAMUEL D. HUNTER,
ANNA ZIEGLER, NICK PAYNE, MICHAEL WEST, AND HANNIE RAYSON

Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer; Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Producer) announces the 2011 recipients of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Initiative commissions. This year’s eight commissioned writers are Daniel Goldfarb (Cradle & All), Anne Washburn (The Internationalist), Lisa D’Amour (Detroit), Samuel D. Hunter (Bright New Boise), Anna Ziegler (Photograph 51)Nick Payne (Wanderlust)Michael West (Freefall) and Hannie Rayson (Life After George).

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has provided a grant to Manhattan Theatre Club to support the development of plays that address themes of math, science and technology or plays that depict scientists, mathematicians and engineers as major characters in order to bridge the divide between the arts and sciences.

“No entity has done more to bridge the cultural gap between science and the dramatic arts than the Sloan Foundation,” said MTC’s Director of Artistic Development Jerry Patch. “Their ongoing support for playwrights and play development is essential to the American theatre.” 

“We are thrilled to continue our long and innovative partnership with MTC, one of this country’s most successful theater companies,” said Doron Weber, Sloan’s Vice President of Programs.  “The quality, volume and diversity of submissions this year sets a new standard and we are delighted to work with such bold, talented playwrights as they dramatize scientific and technological themes in order to get closer to the heart of who we are, how we understand the world and try to improve upon it – with results that are neither always anticipated nor what they at first appear."

“We are delighted to have commissioned a record number of Sloan playwrights this year and to be working with three international playwrights,” said Annie MacRae, MTC’s Sloan Project Manager and Literary Manager. “We remain grateful for the Sloan Foundation’s continued support.”

MTC first collaborated with the Sloan Foundation in 2000 with the production of David Auburn’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Proof. MTC's partnership with the Sloan Foundation has expanded to include multiple annual commissions for emerging, mid-level and established writers as well as a production grant to stage Sloan-related works. In addition to Proof, Sloan supported MTC’s production of Charlotte Jones’ Humble Boy in 2003. 

Since partnering with the Sloan Foundation, MTC has commissioned a total of 37 writers including Craig LucasShelagh StephensonRichard BeanSimon Stephens, Rebecca LenkiewiczBryony Lavery, Rona MunroLucy Kirkwood,Beau WillimonItamar MosesMelissa James GibsonLiz MeriwetherStephen BelberEric SimonsonRon HutchinsonDava SobelPeter MorrisBrett NeveuRinne GroffMark Schultz, and Catherine Trieschmann

BIOGRAPHIES

Daniel Goldfarb’s plays Cradle and All and Sarah, Sarah premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club. His other credits include, Broadway: Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. Off-Broadway: The Retributionists at Playwrights Horizons, Modern Orthodox at Dodger Stages, Adam Baum and the Jew Movie at Blue Light (Oppenheimer Award, Canadian Authors Association Award for Best Play, Dramatist’s Guild Hull-Warriner Award Finalist), NYMF, and NAMT. Regional: Radio Girl at Goodspeed, Party Come Here at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Jerry Christmas at New York Stage & Film, Longwharf, CanStage, and others. Commissions: Roundabout Theatre Company and South Coast Repertory Theatre. Grants: AT&T Onstage, Nash Foundation, Lincoln Center Lecomte du Nouy Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, NEA. Film and Television: “The Electric Company” (PBS); pilots for Showtime and CBS; screenplays for HBO, Chicago Films, Bureau of Moving Pictures. Education: NYU (BFA, MFA – now teaches there); The Juilliard School. Member: The Dramatist’s Guild (also serves on publications committee), WGAE, MCC’s Playwrights Coalition.

Anne Washburn’s plays include A Devil At Noon, ApparitionThe Communist Dracula Pageant, I Have Loved StrangersThe Ladies, The Internationalist, Little Bunny Foo Foo, The Small, Mr. Burns, and a transadaptation of Euripides’ Oresetes. Her work has been or is scheduled to be produced by 13P, Actors Theater of Louisville, American Repertory Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, The Civilians, Dixon Place, London's Gate Theatre, The Folger, NYC's Soho Rep, DC's Studio Theater, Two River Theater Company, NYC's The Vineyard Theater, and Woolly Mammoth. Awards include a Guggenheim, a NYFA Fellowship, a Time Warner Fellowship, residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo, and an Artslink travel grant to Hungary.  She was a finalist for the 2011 Susan Smith Blackburn award. She is a member of 13P, an associated artist with The Civilians and New Georges, and an alumna of New Dramatists and is currently commissioned by Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep, and Yale Repertory.

Lisa D’Amour writes plays and creates site-specific performances. Her play Detroit, which premiered at Steppenwolf last year, is coming to Broadway this fall. Detroit was a finalist for this year’s Pulitzer Prize and Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Lisa recently premiered Terrible Things, a dance-theater piece created with Katie Pearl and choreographer Emily Johnson, at PS122 in New York. Other recent projects include Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea (a performance for a fleet of seven handmade boats on the Hudson River designed by SWOON) and Bird Eye Blue Print (created with Katie Pearl, for a vacant office in the World Financial Center, NYC). Lisa’s work has been presented by theaters such as Salvage Vanguard, Infernal Bridegroom Productions, the Walker Arts Center, Crowded Fire Theater, Children’s Theater Company, Clubbed Thumb, HERE Arts Center, New Georges and the Women’s Project and has been supported by the Jerome Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, NYSCA and the NEA/TCG Residency for Playwrights. She received an Obie Award along with Katie Pearl and Kathy Randels for Nita & Zita, and received the Alpert Award in the Arts for theater in 2008. Lisa often collaborates with ArtSpot Productions in her hometown of New Orleans. She is a core alum of the Playwrights’ Center and a recent alumna of New Dramatists. Lisa’s latest creation with Katie Pearl, How To Build A Forest, ran at The Kitchen in New York City.

Samuel D. Hunter’s plays include A Bright New Boise (2011 Obie Award for playwriting, 2011 Drama Desk Nomination for Best Play; upcoming production at Woolly Mammoth Theater Company in Fall 2011), The Whale (upcoming production at Denver Center in Winter 2012), Norway (Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis; Boise Contemporary Theater), Jack’s Precious Moment (Page 73 Productions at 59E59), Five Genocides (Clubbed Thumb at the Ohio Theater), I Am Montana (Arcola Theatre, London; Mortar Theater, Chicago). His plays have been developed at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, PlayPenn, Ojai Playwrights Conference, the Lark Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard, LAByrinth, Rattlestick, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, and 24Seven Lab. Internationally, his work has been translated into Spanish and presented in Mexico City and Monterrey, and he has worked in the West Bank with Ashtar Theatre of Ramallah and Ayyam al-Masrah of Hebron. At Ashtar, he co-wrote The Era of Whales which was performed in Ramallah and Istanbul. Awards: 2011 Sky Cooper Prize, 2008-2009 PONY Fellowship from the Lark, and two Lincoln Center Le Compte du Nuoy Awards. He is a member of Partial Comfort Productions and is an alum of Ars Nova’s Playgroup. He has taught at Fordham University, Rutgers University, Marymount Manhattan College and The University of Iowa. Sam holds degrees in playwriting form NYU, The Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and Juilliard.

Anna Ziegler's BFF premiered Off-Broadway (W.E.T. at the DR2). Other plays include Photograph 51 (Ensemble Studio Theatre; Vermont Stage Company; Theater J; Fountain Theatre; STAGE award 2009); Dov and Ali (Playwrights Realm at the Cherry Lane, Theatre 503 in London, Chester Theater); Life Science (Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep); Evening All Afternoon (New Georges); and Novel (SPF). Her work has been commissioned by Virginia Stage Company and New Georges, where she is an affiliated artist, and developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, The McCarter Theatre, Primary Stages, The New Group, Ars Nova, TheatreWorks, The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, The Sundance Theatre Lab, The Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Rattlestick Theatre, The Old Vic New Voices program, The Cape Cod Theatre Project, The Geva Theatre Center, The Playwright’s Center PlayLabs Festival, and Epic Theatre Ensemble. She is the recipient of a 2011 Tribeca Film Institute/Sloan grant to adapt her play Photograph 51 into a film; Ari Handel, Darren Aronofsky, Audrey Rosenberg and Rachel Weisz are producers. Ziegler received her BA from Yale University and MFA from The Tisch School of the Arts. She is the winner of the 2010 Douglas T. Ward Playwriting Prize, awarded by Tisch. 

Nick Payne is a British writer who won the prestigious George Devine Award in 2009 with his play If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, which was produced at the Bush Theatre in October 2009, directed by Josie Rourke and starring Rafe Spall. Nick studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama and the University of York. He made his debut at the Royal Court Theatre in September 2010 with his comedyWanderlust and is currently under commission at the Bush, Paines Plough and the Royal Court. Other theatre credits include: Sophocles’ Electra (Gate Theatre). Forthcoming: One Day When We Were Young(Paines Plough/Sheffield Theatres) and Lay Down Your Cross (Hampstead Studio). Radio: The Day We Caught The Train (BBC Radio 4). 

Michael West is an Irish writer who has written many plays in collaboration with The Corn Exchange, the acclaimed Irish theatre company. Freefall, which premiered at the 2009 Dublin Theatre Festival, won Best New Play at the Irish Theatre Awards and best Theatre Script at the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild. In 2010, Freefall toured to Edinburgh, Wiesbaden and Mexico; in Ireland it played at Galway and the Abbey Theatre. His next collaboration with the company will be Man of Valour which will premiere in the summer of 2011. Previous work with The Corn Exchange includes Dublin By Lamplight, which toured internationally in 2007; Everyday which was performed at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2006; Foley, performed by Andrew Bennett in Ireland, Europe and the USA; an adaptation of Lolita, in a co-production with the Abbey; and The Seagull. He has translated or adapted many texts, including Death and The Ploughman which has been directed by Christian Schiaretti of the TNP in Lyon, and Anne Bogart for SITI company in the USA. He has written the libretto for Ahakista, an opera by Jürgen Simpson to be premiered in Canada in 2013. He is currently Adjunct Lecturer in Drama at Trinity College Dublin and teaches playwriting for Tisch/NYU in Dublin.

Hannie Rayson is an Australian writer whose plays have been produced six times at the Melbourne Theatre Company and six times at the Sydney Theatre Company.  Her play Life After George was produced on London’s West End in 2001.  Her work has been produced in New Zealand, Canada, Germany, France, Vienna, Turkey, Slovenia, Finland and Japan. She co-wrote Scenes from a Separation with Andrew Bovell which Robyn Nevin directed at the Melbourne Theatre Company. The play was later revived at Sydney Theatre Company.  Director Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) has directed three of Hannie’s plays. Hannie’s many honors include the 2004 Helpmann Award for Best Play (Inheritance), the Australian Writers Guild Best Play Award (Life After George), and the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Best Play (Falling from Grace).

ABOUT 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). 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.’

ABOUT THE ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION INITIATIVE

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a New York-based non-profit philanthropy founded in 1934, also partners with the Ensemble Studio Theatre and Playwrights Horizons.  Sloan provides the Ensemble Studio Theatre with a grant to support new play commissions, readings, workshops and productions as well as regional theater productions of plays that EST has commissioned and/or produced. In 2011, the EST/Sloan mainstage production was Photograph 51, which has since been remounted several times and is being turned into a screenplay. In September, Playwrights Horizons will open Completeness by Itamar Moses, a play originally commissioned by the MTC/Sloan project. The Foundation also supports LA Theatre Works with a grant to broadcast full-length plays commissioned by partner theaters on National Public Radio as part of its monthly Relativity science series.

In addition to its theatrical partnerships, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation program in Public Understanding of Science and Technology supports the use of books, radio, public television, commercial television and film, the internet and new media to reach a wide non-specialist audience. The Foundation regularly awards prizes at six leading film schools—American Film Institute; UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television; Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama; Columbia University Film Department; NYU Tisch School of the Arts and USC School of Cinema and Television.  Sloan also supports the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Institute, the Sundance Film Institute and Film Independent to develop screenplays through to production.  Through its film festival partners, Sloan has given awards toAnother Earth by Brit Marling and Mike Cahill, Agora by Alejandro Amenabar and Obselidia by Diane Bell as well as to films by such acclaimed directors as Werner Herzog, Darren Aronofsky, Michael Apted, Bill Condon and Julian Schnabel. Sloan is also a longtime supporter of public radio shows “Science Friday” and “Radiolab,” of public television shows Nova”and the “American Experience,” of the Philip Glass opera Kepler and of the World Science Festival in New York City. For more information, please visit www.sloan.org. 

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MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB ANNOUNCES

HUGH DANCY TO STAR WITH NINA ARIANDA

IN BROADWAY PREMIERE OF

VENUS IN FUR

BY DAVID IVES

DIRECTED BY WALTER BOBBIE

PREVIEWS BEGIN THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13; OPENS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8
AT MTC’S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE (261 WEST 47TH STREET)

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Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce that Emmy Award nominee Hugh Dancy (Journey’s End, “The Big C”) will star with Tony nominee Nina Arianda in Manhattan Theatre Club’s Broadway premiere of VENUS IN FUR, the acclaimed new play by David Ives, directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie.

Dancy is one of the most acclaimed young actors of his generation having made his Broadway debut in the 2008 Tony-winning revival of Journey’s End. He returned to the New York stage in the 2009 production of The Pride for which he received Lortel and Drama League Award nominations. Dancy also appeared in the West End production of To The Green Fields, directed by Sam Mendes.  His film and TV credits include his Emmy-nominated role in the HBO miniseries “Elizabeth I,” the acclaimed film AdamThe Jane Austen Book Club, and Evening. Later this month, he will be seen in the upcoming comedy My Idiot Brotherand this fall he stars in the thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene. Dancy also stars in Hysteria, opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal, which will premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. He can currently be seen in the second season of Showtime’s acclaimed series “The Big C.”

VENUS IN FUR will begin previews on Thursday, October 13 and open Tuesday, November 8 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The production will play a limited 10 week engagement with tickets on sale through Sunday, December 18 only.

Critically acclaimed as “90 minutes of good, kinky, fun!” by The New York TimesVENUS IN FUR makes its Broadway premiere at MTC. Vanda (Arianda) is a preternaturally talented young actress determined to land the lead in Thomas’ (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. 

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

The creative team for VENUS IN FUR includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Anita Yavich (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Acme Sound Partners (sound design), and Thomas Schall (fight direction).

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.

In addition to VENUS IN FUR, MTC’s Broadway season at the Friedman Theatre includes the current hit production of Terrence McNally’s MASTER CLASSdirected by Stephen Wadsworth, starring Tyne Daly as ‘Maria Callas,’ the upcoming Broadway premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play WIT by Margaret Edson, directed by Lynne Meadow, starring Cynthia Nixon and the upcoming world premiere of THE COLUMNIST by David Auburn, directed by Daniel Sullivan, with John Lithgow in the title role.

Tickets for VENUS IN FUR 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.

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BIOGRAPHY

HUGH DANCY (Thomas) will soon be seen in the critically acclaimed film Martha Marcy May Marlene opposite Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, and John Hawkes. Directed by Sean Durkin, the film tells the story of Martha (Olsen) who escapes from a cult in New York and tries to reintegrate into a normal life with her sister Lucy (Paulson) and brother-in-law Ted (Dancy). The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and will be released by Fox Searchlight on October 7, 2011.

In August, he will be seen in Our Idiot Brother opposite Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer. The film centers on an idealist (Rudd) dealing with his overbearing mother and crashes at the homes of his three ambitious sisters and brings truth, happiness and a sunny disposition into their lives while also wreaking havoc. The film will be released by The Weinstein Company on August 26, 2011.

Dancy can currently be seen on Showtime's original series “The Big C” in a multi-episode arc opposite Laura Linney and Oliver Platt. On the show, he plays a charming cancer patient who, after a rocky start, befriends Cathy (Laura Linney) during their time in an experimental drug trial. The second season of the show premiered on Monday, June 27, 2011.

Recently, he completed production on Hysteria opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal. The romantic comedy set during the Victorian-era looks at how the medical community invented the vibrator as a therapeutic massage device. He is also lending his voice to Summertime Entertainment's animated 3D musical Dorothy of Oz. The film is an update of the classic The Wizard of Oz and centers on Dorothy returning to a tornado-devastated Kansas and then being transported back to Oz to help her friends. Lea Michele, Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, and Kelsey Grammer also lend their voices to the story, which penned by Randi Barnes, Adam Balsam, Martin Short, and Barry Glasser.

Dancy was previously seen starring in Adam opposite Rose Byrne where he plays the title character, a young man with Asperger's syndrome struggling to survive in New York City. His character's life changes forever when he meets his new neighbor Beth (Byrne). Adam premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize. The film was released by Fox Searchlight on July 29, 2009 and Dancy received rave reviews for his performance.

Dancy also starred in P.J. Hogan's Confessions of a Shopaholic opposite Isla Fisher. The film was released by Disney/Buena Vista on February 14, 2009 and grossed over $100 million worldwide. Dancy's other film credits include: Evening, The Jane Austen Book Club, Beyond the Gates, King Arthur, Ella Enchanted, The Sleeping Dictionary, Black Hawk Down, and Young Blades.

On television, Dancy starred in Tom Hooper's critically acclaimed series “Elizabeth I”opposite Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons. He received an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his role as ‘Earl of Essex’ and the series received the 2007 Golden Globe Award for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television and the Emmy Award for Best Miniseries.

Dancy's other television credits include: “Daniel Deronda,” “David Copperfield.” and “Madame Bovary.”

On stage, Dancy starred in the MCC Theater's Off-Broadway production of The Pride from February 16, 2010 through March 20, 2010, opposite Ben Whishaw and Andrea Riesborough. Written by Alexi Kaye Campbell and directed by Joe Mantello, the story is a complex love triangle with conflicting loyalties and passions that jumps from 1958 to the present and back in a maelstrom of fantasy, repression and rebellion. Dancy also starred in David Grindley's A Journey's End opposite Boyd Gaines, Jefferson Mays and Stark Sands, which won the 2007 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.

Dancy graduated with an English Literature degree from St. Peter's College, Oxford.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE FOR VENUS IN FUR:

Please note, except for Thanksgiving Week, VENUS IN FUR is dark on Mondays:

·       THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16: Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 2 PM and 7 PM. This first partial week, there will only be five performances with no Saturday matinee.

·       MONDAY, OCTOBER 17 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30: Tuesday and Sunday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

·       MONDAY, OCTOBER 31 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

·       MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13: Wednesday 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, NOVEMBER 14 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

·       MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27 (THANKSGIVING WEEK): Monday through Wednesday at 7 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note, there is no performance Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24.

·       MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

·       MONDAY, DECEMBER 5 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 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.

·       MONDAY, DECEMBER 12 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18: 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

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB

ANNOUNCES ADDITIONS TO

NEW YORK CITY CENTER OPENING SHOWS

 

WE LIVE HERE

DIRECTED BY OBIE AWARD WINNER SAM GOLD

FEATURING BETTY GILPIN, OSCAR ISAAC, JEREMY SHAMOS

 

CLOSE UP SPACE

OBIE AWARD WINNER MICHAEL CHERNUS

JOINS TONY AND EMMY AWARD WINNER DAVID HYDE PIERCE

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director), Barry Grove (Executive Producer), and Mandy Greenfield (Artistic Producer) are pleased to announce additional casting and creative team members for the upcoming Manhattan Theatre Club world premiere productions of WE LIVE HERE by Zoe Kazan and CLOSE UP SPACEby Molly Smith Metzler, 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.

WE LIVE HERE, the New York playwriting debut of Zoe Kazan, will be directed by Obie Award winner Sam Gold (KinTigers Be StillCircle Mirror Transformation). The world premiere production will feature Betty Gilpin (MTC’s That FaceThe Language Archive) in the role of ‘Dinah,’ Oscar Isaac (Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, MTC’s Beauty of the Father) in the role of ‘Daniel,’ and Jeremy Shamos (Clybourne Park, MTC’s Reckless) in the role of ‘Sandy.’

Allie Bateman’s wedding is Sunday. When Dinah (Gilpin), 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.

The limited engagement of WE LIVE HERE will begin previews Thursday, September 22 and open Wednesday, October 12 at New York City Center – Stage I(131 West 55th Street).

Additional creative team members for WE LIVE HERE include: 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.

In addition, CLOSE UP SPACE, the world premiere play by Molly Smith Metzler, directed by Obie Award winner Leigh Silverman, will feature Obie Award winner Michael Chernus (In The WakeHunting and Gathering). In CLOSE UP SPACE, Chernus will play the role of ‘Steve,’ assistant to ‘Paul Barrow’ (David Hyde Pierce).

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 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, 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 limited engagement of CLOSE UP SPACE will begin previews Thursday, December 1 and open Monday, December 19 at New York City Center – Stage I(131 West 55th Street).


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

Additional casting, performance schedule, and other listings information for WE LIVE HERE and CLOSE UP SPACE 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 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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WE LIVE HERE BIOGRAPHIES

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’sThe Aliens (Rattlestick) and Circle 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.

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.

OSCAR ISAAC (Daniel) isclassically trained with an internationally diverse heritage, and is poised to take Hollywood by storm. His upcoming films includeDrive (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 in Balibo 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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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.

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SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

BROADWAY PREMIERE OF

VENUS IN FUR

AT MTC’S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE

PREVIEWS BEGIN THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13; OPENS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8

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Single tickets are available now for Manhattan Theatre Club’s Broadway premiere of VENUS IN FUR by David Ives, directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie featuring Tony Award nominee Nina Arianda reprising her acclaimed breakthrough performance.

Tickets for VENUS IN FUR 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).

VENUS IN FUR will begin previews on Thursday, October 13 and open Tuesday, November 8 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The production will play a limited 10 week engagement with tickets on sale through Sunday, December 18 only.

Critically acclaimed as “90 minutes of good, kinky, fun!” by The New York TimesVENUS IN FUR makes its Broadway premiere at MTC. Tony Award nominee Nina Arianda in her phenomenal breakout performance as ‘Vanda,’ is a preternaturally talented young actress determined to land the lead in a new play based on the classic erotic novel, Venus in Fur. Her emotionally charged audition for Thomas, the play’s adapter/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. Casting for the role of ‘Thomas’ will be announced in the coming weeks. 

The creative team for VENUS IN FUR includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Anita Yavich (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design),Acme Sound Partners (sound design), and Thomas Schall (fight direction).

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 and Scott Landis.

In addition to VENUS IN FUR, MTC’s Broadway season at the Friedman Theatre includes the current hit production of Terrence McNally’s MASTER CLASSdirected by Stephen Wadsworth, starring Tyne Daly as ‘Maria Callas,’ the upcoming Broadway premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play WIT by Margaret Edson, directed by Lynne Meadow, starring Cynthia Nixon and the upcoming world premiere of THE COLUMNIST by David Auburn, directed by Daniel Sullivan, with John Lithgow in the title role.

Single tickets to WIT and THE COLUMNIST will be available beginning Tuesday, September 6.

Tickets for VENUS IN FUR 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.

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PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE FOR VENUS IN FUR:

Please note, except for Thanksgiving Week, VENUS IN FUR is dark on Mondays:

·       THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16: Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 2 PM and 7 PM. This first partial week, there will only be five performances with no Saturday matinee.

·       MONDAY, OCTOBER 17 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30: Tuesday and Sunday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

·       MONDAY, OCTOBER 31 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

·       MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13: Wednesday 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, NOVEMBER 14 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

·       MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27 (THANKSGIVING WEEK): Monday through Wednesday at 7 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Please note, there is no performance Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24.

·       MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM, Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

·       MONDAY, DECEMBER 5 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 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.

·       MONDAY, DECEMBER 12 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18: 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
TONY AND EMMY AWARD WINNER JOHN LITHGOW
RETURNS TO BROADWAY IN

THE COLUMNIST

BY DAVID AUBURN

DIRECTED BY DANIEL SULLIVAN

PERFORMANCES BEGIN TUESDAY, APRIL 3 AND OPEN WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25
AT MTC’S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce that Tony and Emmy Award winner John Lithgow returns to Broadway in the Manhattan Theatre Club world premiere production of THE COLUMNIST by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan. In this new play, Lithgow plays noted newspaper columnist Joseph Alsop. This limited engagement will begin previews on Tuesday, April 3 and open Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

Lithgow is an acclaimed actor, author, musician, and director. He has received two Tony Awards, for the 2002 musical The Sweet Smell of Success, where he played another notable columnist ‘J.J. Hunsecker,’ and 1973 for his Broadway debut in The Changing Room. He has received five Emmy Awards, most recently for his acclaimed work in Showtime’s “Dexter” for which he also received a Golden Globe Award. He has appeared in over 30 motion pictures and received two Oscar nominations for The World According to Garp and Terms of Endearment. In September, HarperCollins will release Lithgow’s memoir, Drama: An Actor’s Education.

Columnists are kings in midcentury America and Joseph Alsop (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 to be directed by his Proof collaborator Daniel Sullivan.

Additional listings information for the production will be announced in the coming weeks. Subscriptions to MTC’s 2011-2012 season are available online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com. Single tickets to THE COLUMNIST will be available beginning Tuesday, September 6.

In addition to THE COLUMNIST, 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 Broadway premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play WIT by Margaret Edson, directed by Lynne Meadow, starring Cynthia Nixon.

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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BIOGRAPHIES

DAVID AUBURN (Playwright). David Auburn’s plays include The New York Idea (adaptation; Atlantic Theater), Proof (Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, New York Drama Critics Circle Award), An Upset and Amateurs (EST Marathons), and Skyscraper. Films include The Girl in the Park (writer/director) and The Lake House. Recent directing credits include Michael Weller’s Side Effects for MCC and A Delicate Balance for BTF. His short plays have been collected in the volume Fifth Planet and Other Plays (DPS). His work has been published in Harper’sNew England Review, and Guilt and Pleasure; and he was a contributing editor to theOxford American Writers Thesaurus. A former Guggenheim Fellow, he lives in New York City.

DANIEL SULLIVAN (Director). For the Public Theater, Sullivan directed All’s Well That Ends Well, The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino, Twelfth Night with Anne Hathaway, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Stuff Happens, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Among his Broadway credits are Good People; Time Stands Still; Accent on Youth; The Homecoming; Prelude to a Kiss; Rabbit Hole; After the Night and the Music; Julius Caesar; Brooklyn Boy; Sight Unseen; I’m Not Rappaport; Morning’s at Seven; Proof; the 2000 production of A Moon for the Misbegotten; Ah, Wilderness!; The Sisters Rosensweig; Conversations with my Father; and The Heidi Chronicles. Among his Off-Broadway credits are The Night WatcherIntimate Apparel, Far East, Spinning into Butter, Dinner With Friends,and The Substance of Fire. From 1981 to 1997, he served as artistic director of Seattle Repertory Theatre. Sullivan is the Swanlund Professor of Theatre at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

 

JOHN LITHGOW (Joseph Alsop). John Lithgow’s roots are in the theater. In 1973, he won a Tony Award three weeks after his Broadway debut, in David Storey’sThe Changing Room. Since then, he has appeared on Broadway 19 more times, earning another Tony, three more Tony nominations, four Drama Desk Awards, and induction into the Theatre Hall of Fame. Ensuing stage performances have included major roles in My Fat FriendTrelawney of the “Wells,” ComediansAnna ChristieBedroom FarceBeyond TherapyM. ButterflyThe Front PageRetreat from MoscowAll My Sons, the Off-Broadway premieres of Mrs. Farnsworth andMr. and Mrs. Fitch, and the musicals Sweet Smell of Success (his second Tony), and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.  In 2007 he was one of the very few American actors ever invited to join The Royal Shakespeare Company, playing ‘Malvolio’ in Twelfth Night at Stratford-upon-Avon. In 2008 he devised his own one-man showStories by Heart for The Lincoln Center Theater Company, and has been touring it around the country ever since, including a triumphant six-week run at The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

In the early 1980’s Lithgow began to make a major mark in films. At that time, he was nominated for Oscars in back-to-back years, for The World According to Garp and Terms of Endearment. In the years before and after, he has appeared in over 30 films. Notable among them have been All That JazzBlow OutTwilight Zone: the MovieFootloose2010Buckaroo BanzaiHarry and the HendersonsMemphis BelleRaising CainRicochetCliffhangerOrange CountyShrek,Kinsey, and a flashy cameo in Dreamgirls. Lithgow will next be seen on the big screen in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Fox’s prequel to Planet of the Apes.

For his work on television, Lithgow has been nominated for eleven Emmy Awards. He has won five of them, one for an episode of “Amazing Stories,” and three for what is perhaps his most celebrated creation. This was the loopy character of the alien ‘High Commander, Dick Solomon,’ on the hit NBC comedy series “3rd Rock from the Sun.” In that show’s six-year run, Lithgow also won the Golden Globe, two SAG Awards, The American Comedy Award, and, when it finally went off the air, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. More recently, his diabolical turn as ‘The Trinity Killer’ in a twelve-episode arc on Showtime’s “Dexter” won him his second Golden Globe and his fifth Emmy.

His other major appearances on television have included roles in “The Day After,” “Resting Place,” “Baby Girl Scott,” “My Brother’s Keeper,” TNT’s “Don Quixote,” HBO’s “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers,” and most recently “How I Met Your Mother,” making a long-awaited entrance as the father of Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris).

And then there is Lithgow’s work for children. Since 1998 he has written eight NY Times best-selling children’s picture books, including The Remarkable Farkle McBrideMarsupial SueMicawberI’m a ManateeMahalia Mouse Goes to College, and I Got Two Dogs. In addition, he has created two Lithgow Palooza family activity books and The Poets’ Corner for Warner Books, a compilation of fifty classic poems aimed at young people, to stir an early interest in poetry. He has performed concerts for children with the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Baltimore, and San Diego Symphonies, and at Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. He has released three kids’ albums, Singin’ in the BathtubFarkle & Friends, and the Grammy-nominated The Sunny Side of the Street. These concerts and albums have included several his of own songs and rhyming narrations. Together, this prodigious work has won him two Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Awards, and four Grammy nominations.

Lithgow has even dipped his toe into the world of dance. In 2003, the noted choreographer Christopher Wheeldon invited him to collaborate on a new piece for the New York City Ballet. The result was Carnival of the Animals, a ballet for 50 dancers, with music by Camille Saint-Saens and with Lithgow’s verse narration. Lithgow himself spoke the narration from the stage. At a certain point he ducked into the wings, climbed into costume, and re-emerged to dance the role of ‘The Elephant.’ He has performed this feat over 20 times.

In September HarperCollins will release Lithgow’s memoir, Drama: An Actor’s Education. The book presents scenes of his early life and career that took place before he became a nationally-known star. It vividly portrays the worlds of New York, London, and American regional theater, and relives his collaborations with renowned performers and directors including Mike Nichols, Bob Fosse, Liv Ullmann, Meryl Streep, and Brian De Palma. Lithgow's ruminations on the nature of theatre, performance, and storytelling cut to the heart of why actors are driven to perform, and why people are driven to watch them do it.

John Lithgow was born in Rochester, New York, but grew up in Ohio, graduated from high school in Princeton, New Jersey, attended Harvard College, and used a Fulbright Grant to study at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art. This year Lithgow was honored as a Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal recipient and was inducted into The American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2005 he was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Harvard and became the first actor in Harvard’s history to deliver the school’s Commencement Address.

Lithgow has three grown children, two grandchildren, and lives in Los Angeles and New York. He has been married for 30 years to Mary Yeager, a Professor of Economic and Business History at UCLA.

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TONY AND EMMY AWARD WINNER CYNTHIA NIXON

RETURNS TO MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB TO STAR IN

WIT

BY MARGARET EDSON

DIRECTED BY LYNNE MEADOW

BROADWAY DEBUT OF PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING PLAY

TO BEGIN PREVIEWS THURSDAY, JANUARY 5 AND OPEN THURSDAY, JANUARY 26

AT MTC’S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE (261 WEST 47TH STREET)

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 www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com. 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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BIOGRAPHIES

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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Thursday, 07 July 2011 11:23

MASTER CLASS Starring Tyne Daly Opens Tonight

Manhattan Theatre Club

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S NEW BROADWAY PRODUCTION OF

MASTER CLASS

OPENS TONIGHT

WRITTEN BY TERRENCE McNALLY

DIRECTED BY STEPHEN WADSWORTH 

FEATURING

OLIVIER AWARD NOMINEE SIERRA BOGGESS, CLINTON BRANDHAGEN,
JEREMY COHEN, TONY AND EMMY AWARD WINNER TYNE DALY,
DRAMA DESK AWARD WINNER ALEXANDRA SILBER, GARRETT SORENSON

PRODUCTION RECENTLY EXTENDED THROUGH SUNDAY, AUGUST 21
AT MTC’S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE

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Manhattan Theatre Club’s new Broadway production of Terrence McNally’s MASTER CLASS, directed by Stephen Wadsworth, opens tonight at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The limited engagement was recently extended due to popular demand with tickets now on sale through Sunday, August 21.

MASTER CLASS stars Olivier Award nominee Sierra Boggess (Sharon Graham), Clinton Brandhagen (Stagehand), Jeremy Cohen (Manny), Tony and Emmy Award winner Tyne Daly (Maria Callas), Drama Desk Award winner Alexandra Silber (Sophie De Palma), and Garrett Sorenson (Anthony Candolino).

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.

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.

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 – $116.

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.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE FOR MASTER CLASS:

Please note MASTER CLASS is dark on Mondays:

·            THROUGH SUNDAY, JULY 10: Tuesday and Sunday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

·            MONDAY, JULY 11 – SUNDAY, AUGUST 14: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

·            MONDAY, AUGUST 15 – SUNDAY, AUGUST 21: 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’S

MASTER CLASS

ANNOUNCES ONE WEEK EXTENSION DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND

TICKETS NOW ON SALE THROUGH SUNDAY, AUGUST 21

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Manhattan Theatre Club is pleased to announce that due to popular demand, its new Broadway production of Terrence McNally’s MASTER CLASS, directed by Stephen Wadsworth, has been extended by one week at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). Tickets for the production are now on sale through Sunday, August 21.

MASTER CLASS will open this Thursday, July 7 and began previews on Tuesday, June 14.

This limited engagement stars Olivier Award nominee Sierra Boggess (Sharon Graham), Clinton Brandhagen (Stagehand), Jeremy Cohen (Emmanuel Weinstock), Tony and Emmy Award winner Tyne Daly (Maria Callas), Drama Desk Award winner Alexandra Silber (Sophie De Palma), and Garrett Sorenson(Anthony Candolino).

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.

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.

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 – $116.

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PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE FOR MASTER CLASS:

Please note MASTER CLASS is dark on Mondays:

·            THROUGH SUNDAY, JULY 10: Tuesday and Sunday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

·            MONDAY, JULY 11 – SUNDAY, AUGUST 14: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

·            * EXTENSION WEEK * MONDAY, AUGUST 15 – SUNDAY, AUGUST 21: 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

By special arrangement with 
JON B. PLATT AND SCOTT LANDIS

ANNOUNCE THE BROADWAY PREMIERE OF

VENUS IN FUR

WRITTEN BY DAVID IVES

DIRECTED BY TONY AWARD WINNER WALTER BOBBIE

 

WITH TONY NOMINEE NINA ARIANDA

IN HER ACCLAIMED PERFORMANCE

PERFORMANCES BEGIN THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13; TO OPEN IN NOVEMBER

AT MTC’S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE (261 WEST 47TH STREET)

"A tasty new comedy by David Ives, directed with laser-sharp precision by Walter Bobbie

featuring a sensational performance by Nina Arianda.

Venus in Fur is 90 minutes of good kinky fun!”

-  The New York Times

“The phenomenal Nina Arianda delivers a performance of unconquerable vitality

and seductive energy in this wildly intelligent, exquisite production."

-  The New Yorker

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer), are pleased to announce that Manhattan Theatre Club, by special arrangement with Jon B. Platt and Scott Landis, will produce the Broadway premiere of VENUS IN FUR, the play by David Ives directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie featuring Tony Award nominee Nina Arianda reprising her acclaimed breakthrough performance. VENUS IN FUR will begin performances Thursday, October 13 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) in a limited engagement. A November opening night for the production will be announced shortly.

Critically acclaimed as “90 minutes of good, kinky, fun!” by The New York TimesVENUS IN FUR makes its Broadway premiere at MTC. Tony Award nominee Nina Arianda in her phenomenal breakout performance as ‘Vanda,’ is a preternaturally talented young actress determined to land the lead in a new play based on the classic erotic novel, Venus in Fur. Her emotionally charged audition for Thomas, the play’s adapter/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. Casting for the role of Thomas will be announced in the coming weeks. 

VENUS IN FUR had its world premiere at Classic Stage Company (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Artistic Director; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Executive Director) opening on January 26, 2010 where it became a sold out hit and extended twice at their home on East 13th Street. The production received two Drama League nominations including Distinguished Production of a Play, an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination, and three Lucille Lortel Award nominations. For the production, Arianda received a Theatre World Award, the Clarence Derwent Award, the Clive Barnes Award, and Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations.

Playwright David Ives and director Walter Bobbie return to MTC after working together in MTC’s 2003 production of Ives’ POLISH JOKE which featured Bobbie.

When VENUS IN FUR opened last year at Classic Stage Company, it was hailed by critics as a seductive comedy featuring a powerful performance from Arianda. Below is a sampling of the reviews:

“David Ives’ Venus in Fur is a tasty teeter-tottering test of wills, directed with laser-sharp precision by Walter Bobbie and featuring a sensational Nina Arianda.”

-  Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

“David Ives’s wildly intelligent and sometimes frightening new play, Venus in Fur is a sexual roundelay about power and powerlessness. Walter Bobbie’s exquisite production features a phenomenal Nina Arianda in a bewitching, spookily accurate performance with unconquerable vitality and seductive energy.”

-  Hilton Als, The New Yorker

Venus in Fur skillfully twists plot and characters in a fast-paced journey into one man's entrapment by a clever, vengeful female.”

-  Linda Winer, Newsday

“A delicious two-hander with strengths that include: Walter Bobbie’s breezy direction, John Lee Beatty’s chic set and Ives’s witty, nimble dialogue…not to mention the remarkable Nina Arianda. She has the rare ability to crank up romantic heat, then douse it in a cold comic bath. More audiences should have the pleasure of being dominated by a major talent like hers.”

-  David Cote, Time Out New York

“In Venus in Fur, Nina Arianda proves to be an irresistible comic goddess.”

-  Joe Dziemianowicz, The Daily News

“David Ives' Venus in Fur is packed with layers and ideas. So packed, in fact, that by the end it's bursting at the seams. It's a smart two-hander directed with skillful velocity by Walter Bobbie.”

-  Elisabeth Vincentelli, The New York Post

The creative team for VENUS IN FUR includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Anita Yavich (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), andAcme Sound Partners (sound design).

Additional listings information for the production will be announced in the coming weeks. Subscriptions to MTC’s 2011-2012 season are available online atwww.ManhattanTheatreClub.com. Single tickets to VENUS IN FUR will be available beginning Monday, August 1.

In addition to VENUS IN FUR, MTC’s Broadway season will include the world premiere of THE COLUMNIST by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner David Auburn. The Off-Broadway season at New York City Center will include the world premieres of Zoe Kazan’s WE LIVE HERE and Molly Smith Metzler’sCLOSE UP SPACE, directed by Obie Award winner Leigh Silverman, featuring Tony and Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce. MTC will announce two more productions for the 2011-2012 season (one additional production at the Friedman and one additional production at City Center) 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 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.

BIOGRAPHIES

DAVID IVES (Playwright) is probably best known for his evenings of one-act comedies called All in the Timing and Time FliesAll in the Timing won the Outer Critics Circle Playwriting Award, ran for two years Off-Broadway, and in the 1995-96 season was the most performed play in the country after Shakespeare productions. His full-length plays include Venus in Fur, which recently enjoyed a vast critical and audience success Off-Broadway; New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza, which won the prestigious Hull-Warriner Award; Is He Dead? (adapted from Mark Twain); White ChristmasPolish Joke; andAncient History.

He has translated Feydeau’s classic farce A Flea in Her Ear, Yazmina Reza’s drama A Spanish Play, Pierre Corneille’s 1643 comedy The Liar (an enormous hit this past spring at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.), and, this season, an adaptation of Moliere’s The Misanthrope which he has re-titled The School for Lies, which also received great critical acclaim at Classic Stage Company. His adaptation of Regnard’s The Heir Apparent will be seen next season at Shakespeare Theatre. Ives is also the author of three young-adult novels: Monsieur Eek, Scrib, and Voss, and he has adapted 30 American musicals for New York City’s beloved Encores! series. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama and a former Guggenheim Fellow in playwriting, he lives in New York City.

WALTER BOBBIE (Director) won the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards as director of the international hit Chicago which and has become the longest-running revival in Broadway history. Recent directing includes David Ives’s New JerusalemVenus in Fur, and The School for Lies, all at Classic Stage Company, Ives’s The Other Woman at EST, as well as Evan Smith's The Savannah Disputation at Playwrights Horizons, Christopher Durang's The Marriage of Bette & Boo at the Roundabout, and Terrence McNally’s Golden Age at the Kennedy Center. Broadway credits include White Christmas, High Fidelity, Sweet Charity, Twentieth Century, Footloose, and A Grand Night for Singing. Bobbie is also an actor who appeared in a range of plays and musicals from the original cast of Grease to Shaw’s Getting Married at Circle in the Square, Assassins at Playwrights Horizons, I Love My Wife, Going Up, A History of the American Film,Driving Miss Daisy, Café Crown, and Lincoln Center’s Anything Goes, among others. He received a Drama Desk nomination for his performance as Nicely-Nicely in 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls, and Drama Desk, Outer Critics’ Circle and Lucille Lortel Award nominations for his performance in David Ives’s Polish Joke at Manhattan Theatre Club. Bobbie was Artistic Director for City Center’s acclaimed Encores!, and serves on the Executive Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

NINA ARIANDA (Vanda), recently nominated for a Tony for her debut Broadway performance as “Billie Dawn” in Born Yesterday, has become one of the most talked about and sought after actors in New York. Nina recently wrapped production on Universal’s Tower Heist playing a flashy role opposite Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy. Last year, she debuted Off-Broadway in Venus in Fur with a phenomenal performance garnering attention from the entire NY theater community. Based on her performance she was offered roles in Woody Allen’s film Midnight in Paris, Tom McCarthy’s film Win Win, and Vera Farmiga’s filmHigher Ground. Nina has been honored with awards from the Drama League; Actor Equity Association Clarence Derwent Award; Theater World Award and Clive Barnes Award. Nina trained at AMDA in their studio program for acting and at the New School for Liberal Arts in New York, Eugene Lang division. She received her MFA from NYU’s Tisch graduate acting program.

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MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

CRADLE AND ALL

ENDS LIMITED ENGAGEMENT ON SUNDAY

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

“Daniel Goldfarb insightfully lampoons the instincts of contemporary urban parents.

Under the precise direction of Sam Buntrock, the gifted Maria Dizzia gives a movingly nuanced performance and the equally fine Greg Keller enacts this night of parental angst with sympathetic humor.”

n  Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

The Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) world premiere of CRADLE AND ALL by Daniel Goldfarb, directed by Tony Award nominee Sam Buntrock will end its limited engagement at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street) as previously announced on Sunday, June 19. When it ends its run, it will have played 17 previews and 31 regular performances.

CRADLE AND ALL stars Tony nominee Maria Dizzia (In The Next Room, or The Vibrator Play; The Drunken City) and Greg Keller (33 Variations in Los Angeles, The Seagull at CSC).

Annie and Nate have a baby who won’t sleep. Claire and Luke are losing sleep over the decision to get married and start a family. In adjacent Brooklyn Heights apartments, Daniel Goldfarb’s newest and wittiest look at love, sex, commitment and parenthood unfolds and no one will rest until the truth between each of these couples is spoken.

Mandy Greenfield, MTC’s Artistic Producer, is teaming up with Goldfarb on their fourth world premiere production together with CRADLE AND ALL.  In her new capacity at MTC, Greenfield collaborates with Lynne Meadow on all artistic policy and takes the lead in programming and executing the work at MTC’s Off-Broadway Stage I at New York City Center.  MTC’s production of THE WHIPPING MAN by Matthew Lopez marked Greenfield’s first production as Artistic Producer.

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

“Daniel Goldfarb insightfully lampoons the instincts of contemporary urban parents. Under the precise direction of Sam Buntrock, the gifted Maria Dizzia gives a movingly nuanced performance and the equally fine Greg Keller enacts this night of parental angst with sympathetic humor.”

n  Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

Cradle and All is a smart, pitch-perfect play that is a cut-to-the-bone look at how babies can expose secrets their parents want hidden. Featuring roles wonderfully played by Maria Dizzia and Greg Keller, the play often feels so true that it sometimes becomes universal.

n  Mark Kennedy, Associated Press

“Cradle rocks! Maria Dizzia and Greg Keller have terrific chemistry and play well off each other in Sam Buntrock’s fine production.”

n  Matt Windman, amNY

“Under Sam Buntrock’s direction, Daniel Goldfarb’s well drawn characters are expertly navigated by Maria Dizzia and Greg Keller as they navigate the plays light and dark patches. Mattie Ullrich’s costumes and Neil Patel’s sets speak volumes in this thoughtful and amusing new comedy.”

n  Joe Dziemianowicz, The Daily News

“A daring and engaging evening. Daniel Goldfarb has an insightful grasp on the way people in a relationship behave. The play features empathic direction by Sam Buntrock with winning performances from Maria Dizzia and Greg Keller in a relationship that feels utterly natural and emotionally true.”

n  Robert Feldberg, The Bergen Record

“An excellent showcase and a sure bet to entertain audiences out for a carefree evening. Sam Buntrock’s direction is spot-on in this well-oiled, comforting new comedy. Cradle and All is acted with style and skill by Maria Dizzia and Greg Keller while the production scores with lighting by Ken Billington and Jill BC DuBoff’s sound design.”

n  David A. Rosenberg, Backstage

The creative team for CRADLE AND ALL includes: Neil Patel (scenic design), Mattie Ullrich (costume design), Ken Billington (lighting design), and Jill BC DuBoff (sound design).

CRADLE AND ALL started previews Tuesday, May 10 and opened on Wednesday, May 25.

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TICKETING INFORMATION FOR CRADLE AND ALL:

  • Tickets for CRADLE AND ALL are available via the New York City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street), CityTix® (212-581-1212) andwww.nycitycenter.org.
  • Tickets for CRADLE AND ALL are $80.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Please note CRADLE AND ALL is dark on Mondays:

·         THROUGH SUNDAY, JUNE 19: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

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