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MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S NEW BROADWAY PRODUCTION OF

MASTER CLASS

STARTS PREVIEWS TOMORROW

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 TO OPEN THURSDAY, JULY 7
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, begins previews tomorrow at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The limited engagement will open Thursday, July 7.

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 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 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 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, JUNE 26: Tuesday and Sunday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

·          MONDAY, JUNE 27 – SUNDAY, JULY 3: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

·          MONDAY, JULY 4 – 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.

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MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S DIRECTOR OF EDUCTION

DAVID SHOOKHOFF

TO BE HONORED BY NEW YORK CITY ARTS IN EDUCATION ROUNDTABLE

FESTIVE COCKTAIL BENEFIT TO BE HOSTED BY TONY NOMINEE BILL PULLMAN

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22 AT PARK AVENUE ARMORY

NEW YORK CITY MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG

TO DECLARE JUNE 22 “DAVID SHOOKHOFF DAY”

David Shookhoff, Director of Education at Manhattan Theatre Club, will be honored by the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable in a benefit being held on Wednesday, June 22 at the Park Avenue Armory’s Veterans Room (643 Park Avenue).

The cocktail event, which is recognizing Shookhoff as outgoing founding chair of the roundtable, is presented by The Board of Directors of the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable and event host Bill Pullman. Pullman and Shookhoff have a friendship spanning 30 years when Shookhoff cast the future Tony nominee in his first Equity acting job playing Tom in a school tour of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, directed by Shookhoff.

The evening will feature a specially composed “Fanfare for David” performed by an ensemble from the New York Philharmonic; a performance by Renée Elise Goldsberry, who received an Outer Critics Circle nomination for her work in MTC’s recent world premiere production of GOOD PEOPLE; a performance by theFrank Sinatra School of Arts Chamber Singers (Heidi Best, Director); and a jazz combo throughout the evening. Tickets for the evening are available atwww.nycaieroundtable.org

In addition, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will declare June 22, 2011 “David Shookhoff Day” in recognition of his contribution to arts education in the city.

The New York City Arts in Education Roundtable is the service organization for cultural groups that provide education programs in the city’s schools and communities. Founded in 1992 by Shookhoff and a small group of colleagues, the organization has increased in size and importance. Today, its 120 members include major institutions like Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and Manhattan Theatre Club as well as small community-based organizations in all five boroughs. The roundtable shares information, provides professional development, and advocates for arts education with policy makers and the general public. Throughout its 19-year history it has remained a largely volunteer effort — a labor of love undertaken by a working board of directors with a quarter-time coordinator and a tiny project-based staff. Currently the organization is undertaking long-range planning in an effort to expand and more fully professionalize its operation. The benefit will help financially in moving the roundtable into this next chapter of its history. For more information, visit www.nycaieroundtable.org

BIOGRAPHY

As Director of Education at Manhattan Theatre Club since 1988, David Shookhoff has designed and implemented a range of programs that annually serve 5,000 students, teachers, and families in the New York City area and around the nation. A leader in the field of arts education, Shookhoff is the founding chair of the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable and serves on the NYC Department of Education Advisory Council on Arts Education and on the Board of Directors of the Center for Arts Education. He has chaired the Arts in Education Panel of the New York State Council on the Arts and has been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. He serves on the Education Committee of the Broadway League and was a member of a special task force on learning assessment for the Theatre Communications Group. He has been a consultant to the Lincoln Center Institute, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, the Theatre Development Fund, and many other arts organization in New York and around the country. He has directed numerous theatre and opera productions for companies in New York City and nationwide, including MTC, and has taught at NYU, City College, Carnegie Mellon University, Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University Teachers College, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Mannes School of Music. Shookhoff is a recipient of the Golden Administrator Award from the Association Teaching Artists.  He holds a BA cum laude from Stanford University and an MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama.

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MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

LYNNE MEADOW

TO BE HONORED WITH LILLY AWARD
FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

AWARDS RECOGNIZING WOMEN IN THEATRE
TO BE PRESENTED MONDAY, JUNE 6

Today it was announced that Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director of Manhattan Theatre Club, will receive a Lilly Award for Lifetime Achievement. Named for playwright Lillian Hellman, the Lilly Awards were created in 2010 to recognize the extraordinary contributions made by women to the American theatre. 

This marks Meadow’s second lifetime achievement award this year. In April, she was honored with another Lifetime Achievement Award by the Lucille Lortel Awards for her lifetime of producing and directing new work Off-Broadway.

The body of work created Off-Broadway by Manhattan Theatre Club, under Meadow’s artistic direction has garnered hundreds of awards and the artists nurtured by her and the company has made MTC a world class theatre.

Meadow has been MTC’s Artistic Director since 1972 and has accepted every major theatrical award on behalf of the company including Tonys, Obies, Lortels, Drama Desk Awards, etc. She has directed dozens of new plays both on and off Broadway. On Broadway, she has directed, Donald Margulies’ Collected Stories; the 2001 Tony Award-nominated production of The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Alan Ayckbourn’s A Small Family Business; and Donald Margulies’ The Loman Family Picnic.   Off-Broadway she has directed Alan Ayckbourn’s award-winning Woman 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’sMoonlight and Magnolias; Marsha Norman’s Last Dance; David Edgar’s The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs; Principia Scriptoriae; Lee Blessing’s Eleemosynary; Biography; Simon Gray’s Close of Play and Sally and Marsha.

Under her artistic leadership for the last three decades, MTC has produced five David Lindsay-Abaire plays including Rabbit Hole; six plays by Donald Margulies including Time Stands Still and Sight UnseenLynn Nottage's Ruined; nine plays byJohn Patrick Shanley including DoubtDavid Auburn's Proof; nine plays by Terrence McNally including Love! Valour! Compassion! and Lisbon Traviata; five plays by Beth Henley including Crimes of the Heart; seven plays by Alan Ayckbournincluding Woman in Mind and Absent FriendsStephen Sondheim's Putting It TogetherAin't Misbehavin'; and Ashes by David Rudkin.

Most recently, she produced the award-winning world premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway with Tony nominee Frances McDormand. She is producing a new Broadway production ofTerrence McNally's Master Class featuring Sierra Boggess and Tyne Daly which is now in rehearsals, and Off-Broadway, the recently opened world premiere of Daniel Goldfarb's Cradle and All.

Next season, she will produce the world premieres of Zoe Kazan’s new play We Live HereMolly Smith Metzler’s new play and Close Up Space, directed by Leigh Silverman featuring David Hyde Pierce, and Daniel Auburn’s newest play The Columnist.

The Lilly Awards are presented by Julia JordanTheresa RebeckMarsha NormanTim SanfordGary Garrison, the Committee for Recognizing Women in Theatre, and the Dramatists Guild. The ceremony was held yesterday at Playwrights Horizons. 

The Lilly Awards and The Committee for Recognizing Women in Theater were founded in 2010 by Julie Crosby, John Eisner, Gary Garrison, Tina Howe, Julia Jordan, Marsha Norman, Theresa Rebeck, Susan Rose, and Tim Sanford. Their mission is to celebrate the work of outstanding, successful and up-and-coming women playwrights, directors, designers and advocates for the work of women in the theater.

BIOGRAPHY

Lynne Meadow 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.

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’s Doubt (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 and the 2003 Mr. Abbott Award for lifetime achievement.

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MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB

ANNOUNCES THREE PRODUCTIONS FOR 2011-2012 SEASON

BROADWAY SEASON

THE COLUMNIST

WORLD PREMIERE PLAY
BY PULITZER PRIZE & TONY AWARD WINNER DAVID AUBURN

OFF-BROADWAY SEASON

WE LIVE HERE

WORLD PREMIERE PLAY BY ZOE KAZAN

CLOSE UP SPACE

WORLD PREMIERE PLAY BY MOLLY SMITH METZLER
DIRECTED BY LEIGH SILVERMAN
FEATURING TONY & EMMY AWARD WINNER DAVID HYDE PIERCE

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce three productions for Manhattan Theatre Club’s upcoming 2011-2012 theatrical season.

At MTC’s Broadway theatre, the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street), MTC will produce the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner David Auburn’s THE COLUMNIST.


Off-Broadway at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street), led by Artistic Producer Mandy Greenfield, the company will produce: WE LIVE HERE, a world premiere play by Zoe Kazan and CLOSE UP SPACE, a world premiere play by Molly Smith Metzler, directed by Leigh Silverman, featuring Tony and Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce.

All three productions are world premiere plays from some of the country’s most exciting voices.

Meadow and Greenfield are finalizing plans for three more MTC productions for the 2011-2012 season (two additional productions at the Friedman and one additional production on Stage I) and will announce those plays in the coming weeks.

MTC’S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE

The Columnist

World Premiere Play by DAVID AUBURN

Previews begin: Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Opening Night: Thursday, January 26, 2012

Columnists are kings in midcentury America and Joseph Alsop 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.

MTC AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE I

We Live Here      

World Premiere Play by ZOE KAZAN

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 MTC 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 through the Bank of America New American Play Program

MTC AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE I

Close Up Space

World Premiere Play by MOLLY SMITH METZLER

Directed by LEIGH SILVERMAN

Featuring 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 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.

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 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.

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MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

LYNNE MEADOW

TO RECEIVE LUCILLE LORTEL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

It was announced today that Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director of Manhattan Theatre Club, will be honored with the Lucille Lortel Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award recognizes Meadow's extraordinary accomplishments and dedication to producing and directing new work Off-Broadway for over three decades. The Lucille Lortel Award ceremony will be held Sunday, May 1 at the Jack. H Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 Laguardia Place).

The body of work created Off-Broadway by Manhattan Theatre Club, under Meadow’s artistic direction has garnered hundreds of awards and the artists nurtured by her and the company has made MTC a world class theatre. Guided by Meadow, MTC shows have received 16 Lortel Awards since the awards were created in 1985. 

Meadow has been MTC’s Artistic Director since 1972 and has accepted every major theatrical award on behalf of the company including Tonys, Obies, Lortels, Drama Desk Awards, etc. She has directed dozens of new plays both on and off Broadway. Her off-Broadway directing work includes David Rudkin’s Ashes;Charles Busch’s The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife and Our Leading Lady;Leslie Ayvazian’s Nine Armenians;andAlan Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends and Woman in Mind.

Under her artistic leadership for the last three decades, MTC has produced five David
Lindsay-Abaire
plays including Rabbit Hole; six plays by Donald Margulies including Time Stands Still and Sight Unseen; Lynn Nottage's Ruined; nine plays by John Patrick Shanley including Doubt; David Auburn's Proof; nine plays by Terrence McNally including Love! Valour! Compassion! and Lisbon Traviata; five plays by Beth Henley including Crimes of the Heart; seven plays by Alan Ayckbourn including Woman in Mind and Absent Friends; Stephen Sondheim's Putting It Together; Ain't Misbehavin'; and Ashes by David Rudkin.

Currently she is producing the critically acclaimed New York premiere of Matthew Lopez's The Whipping Man Off-Broadway the world premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway. Later this season, she will produce the world premiere of Daniel Goldfarb's Cradle and All and a new Broadway production of Terrence McNally's Master Class featuring Sierra Boggess and Tyne Daly.

BIOGRAPHY

Lynne Meadow 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-winning Woman 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’s Eleemosynary; 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 Meers, Rabbit 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’s Doubt (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 and the 2003 Mr. Abbott Award for lifetime achievement.

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MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

HIT PRODUCTION OF MATTHEW LOPEZ’S

THE WHIPPING MAN

BEGINS FINAL TWO WEEKS OF LIMITED ENGAGEMENT TONIGHT AT 7 PM 

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED EXTENDED RUN
TO PLAY FINAL PERFORMANCE SUNDAY, APRIL 10 AT 2 PM

Manhattan Theatre Club’s hit production of Matthew Lopez’s new play THE WHIPPING MAN, directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes, begins the final two weeks of its limited engagement tonight at 7 PM at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street). The show will play its final performance on Sunday, April 10. On that date it will have played 21 preview performances and 80 regular performances.

The limited engagement of THE WHIPPING MAN was extended twice at MTC due to popular demand. The production opened to critical acclaim for playwright Matthew Lopez, who is making his New York playwrighting debut in this production, director Doug Hughes and the cast which stars two-time Emmy Award winner André Braugher (“Men of a Certain Age,” “Homicide”), André Holland (Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The Brother/Sister Plays), and Jay Wilkison (film version of Rabbit Hole).

Below is a sampling of the critical acclaim for THE WHIPPING MAN:

“VIVID, STRIKING, AND POWERFUL. The Whipping Man makes a powerful connection between the suffering of the Jews and the African-Americans sold into slavery. André Braugher gives a commanding performance. Jay Wilkison’s performance is sensitively drawn and André Holland is one of the most engaging young stage actors of his generation. Directed by Doug Hughes, The Whipping Man is an atmospheric period drama with haunting immediacy.”

--  Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

“In the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Matthew Lopez’s impressive debut play, every detail, featuring costume design by Catherine Zuber, contributes to a perfect balance between realism and drama.”

--  Sarah Larson, The New Yorker

“EXCELLENT PERFORMANCES. André Braugher is simply marvelous in this audacious work that marks the strong debut of a fresh talent. John Lee Beatty’s set is excellent and the ominous mood is echoed by Jill BC DuBoff’s cracks of lightening, and by the relentless gloom summoned by Ben Stanton.”

--  Mark Kennedy, Associated Press

“VIVID, POWERFUL & GENUINELY MOVING. Doug Hughes’ well-mounted production of The Whipping Man features a thrilling André Braugher delivering transcendent emotions.”

--  Marilyn Stasio, Variety

The design team for THE WHIPPING MAN includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), Jill BC Du Boff (sound design), Tom Watson (hair & wig design), and J. David Brimmer (fight direction).

For additional press information on THE WHIPPING MAN, visit: http://www.boneaubryanbrown.com/show/The_Whipping_Man/

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

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR THE WHIPPING MAN:

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

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Please note THE WHIPPING MAN is dark on Mondays:

  • THROUGH SUNDAY, APRIL 10: 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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Sunday, 06 March 2011 16:08

Broadway Review: GOOD PEOPLE

In David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People, currently playing at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, Frances McDormand is once again playing a rough-around-the-edges character, something that has set her apart in Hollywood.  Her Margie is as hard as the pronunciation of the g in her name.  She has just been fired from her job as a cashier in a dollar store where she eeks out a minimal existence for herself and her severely retarded daughter. To add insult to injury, she was fired by Stevie (Patrick Carroll in a terrific Broadway debut), her baby-faced boss whose now deceased mother was a friend of Margie’s.

Published in 2010-2011 Season
Untitled Document

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION OF

GOOD PEOPLE

OPENS TONIGHT

AT MTC’S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE

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The Manhattan Theatre Club world premiere production of GOOD PEOPLE, a new American play by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan opens today, March 3 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

The production stars Becky Ann Baker (All My Sons, Assassins), Patrick Carroll (Broadway debut), Tate Donovan (“Damages,” Amy’s View), Emmy Award nominee Renée Elise Goldsberry (“One Life to Live,” Rent), Oscar winner Frances McDormand (Fargo, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Almost Famous), and Oscar winner Estelle Parsons (August: Osage County, “Roseanne”).

Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo… where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills… and where Margie Walsh (McDormand) has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling (Donovan) who has made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out.

With his signature humorous glow, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.

Together, David Lindsay-Abaire and MTC have brought four outstanding new plays to the New York stage. Their most recent collaboration with director Daniel Sullivan, Rabbit Hole, earned a Tony Award and garnered Lindsay-Abaire the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The creative team for GOOD PEOPLE includes: John Lee Beatty (scenic design), David Zinn (costume design), Pat Collins (lighting design), Jill BC DuBoff (sound design), Charlotte Fleck (dialect coach), and David Caparelliotis (casting).

GOOD PEOPLE was commissioned through MTC’s Bank of America Commissioning Program. 

Special funding for GOOD PEOPLE was provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

GOOD PEOPLE is 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.

GOOD PEOPLE began previews on Tuesday, February 8. Due to popular demand, the production has already been extended with tickets now on sale through Sunday, May 8.

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

Tickets 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.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE FOR GOOD PEOPLE:

Please note GOOD PEOPLE is dark on Mondays:

·            THROUGH SUNDAY, APRIL 3: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

·            MONDAY, APRIL 4 – SUNDAY, APRIL 10: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday 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 11 – SUNDAY, MAY 8 *INCLUDING EXTENSION WEEKS*: 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 WORLD PREMIERE OF

GOOD PEOPLE

EXTENDS DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND

TICKETS NOW ON SALE THROUGH SUNDAY, MAY 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 the Manhattan Theatre Club world premiere of GOOD PEOPLE, the new play by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan, now in previews at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street), has been extended due to popular demand.

The limited engagement of GOOD PEOPLE, which opens Thursday, March 3, will now play through Sunday, May 8.

The production stars Becky Ann Baker (All My Sons, Assassins), Patrick Carroll (Broadway debut), Tate Donovan (“Damages,” Amy’s View), Emmy Award nominee Renée Elise Goldsberry (“One Life to Live,” Rent), Oscar winner Frances McDormand (Fargo, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Almost Famous), and Oscar winner Estelle Parsons (August: Osage County, “Roseanne”).

Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo… where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills… and where Margie Walsh (McDormand) has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling (Donovan) who has made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out.

With his signature humorous glow, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.

Together, David Lindsay-Abaire and MTC have brought four outstanding new plays to the New York stage. Their most recent collaboration with director Daniel Sullivan, Rabbit Hole, earned a Tony Award and garnered Lindsay-Abaire the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The creative team for GOOD PEOPLE includes: John Lee Beatty (scenic design), David Zinn (costume design), Pat Collins (lighting design), Jill BC DuBoff (sound design), Charlotte Fleck (dialect coach), and David Caparelliotis (casting).

GOOD PEOPLE began previews on Tuesday, February 8 with tickets on sale through Sunday, May 8.

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

Tickets 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.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE FOR GOOD PEOPLE:

Please note GOOD PEOPLE is dark on Mondays:

  • THROUGH SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28 – SUNDAY, APRIL 3: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, APRIL 4 – SUNDAY, APRIL 10: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday 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 11 – SUNDAY, MAY 8 *INCLUDING EXTENSION WEEKS*: 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

OLIVIER AWARD NOMINEE SIERRA BOGGESS

TO APPEAR IN NEW BROADWAY PRODUCTION OF

MASTER CLASS

BOGGESS JOINS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED

TONY & EMMY AWARD WINNER TYNE DALY

PRODUCTION TO BEGIN PREVIEWS TUESDAY, MAY 24;

OPENING NIGHT SET FOR TUESDAY, JUNE 21 AT MTC’S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE

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Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce that Sierra Boggess, who last week received an Olivier nomination, will appear opposite Tony and Emmy Award winner Tyne Daly in Manhattan Theatre Club’s upcoming Broadway production of MASTER CLASS by Terrence McNally, directed by Stephen Wadsworth.

Boggess is currently starring as ‘Christine Daae’ in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies in London, for which she recently received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. She most recently appeared on Broadway in The Little Mermaid for which she received Drama Desk and Drama League nominations. In MASTER CLASS, Boggess will play Sharon, a singer in Maria Callas’ (Daly) Juilliard master class.

The limited engagement of MASTER CLASS will play MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) with previews starting Tuesday, May 24 with an opening night set for Tuesday, June 21. This production, which is offered as part of MTC’s 2010-2011 subscription series, will be the first show to open as part of the 2011-2012 Broadway season.

Terrence McNally’s award-winning play about Maria Callas takes us to one of her famous master classes where, late in her own career, she challenges the next generation to make the same sacrifices and dare to rise to the same heights she did, making her the most celebrated, the most reviled and the most controversial singer of her times.

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

Additional casting and other listings information will be announced in the coming weeks.

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.

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 an Off-Broadway theatre at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include 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.’

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BIOGRAPHY

SIERRA BOGGESS (Sharon) is thrilled to be making her MTC debut with Master Class. She comes directly from London's West End where she is currently starring in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies as ‘Christine Daae,’ a character which she also played in The Phantom of the Opera in Las Vegas. Sierra was last seen on Broadway starring as the title character in Disney's The Little Mermaid (Drama Desk and Drama League nominations and Broadway.com award for Favorite Breakthrough Performance)  and in the City Center Encores! production of Music in the Air. She has been seen regionally as Binky in Princesses (world premiere, Goodspeed and 5th Avenue Theater), and in the national tours of Les Miserables and West Side Story. Concert appearances include The BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series: The Lyrics of David Zippel, New York Pops at Lincoln Center and Broadway by the Year at Town Hall.  Sierra’s television appearances include “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “The View,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” and “The 62nd Annual Tony Awards.” She also appeared in People Magazine and on the cover of USA Weekend alongside Megan Mullaly and Mario Lopez. Recordings including the Symphonic Recording of Love Never Dies and the Original Cast Album for The Little Mermaid. She holds a BFA from Milikin University.

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