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MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB

ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR ERNST C. STIEFEL “7@7” READING SERIES

 

SERIES TO FEATURE NEW WORKS BY
JONATHAN CAREN, STEVEN COSSON & MICHAEL FRIEDMAN,
MICHAEL ELYANOW, D.C. JACKSON, MATTHEW LOPEZ,
ALFRED UHRY, KELLY YOUNGER 

FEATURED DIRECTORS INCLUDE
EVAN CABNET, GARRY HYNES, LYNNE MEADOW,
LEIGH SILVERMAN, MICHAEL WILSON, STEVEN COSSON

SERIES KICKS OFF MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28

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

ALL READINGS ARE FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce Manhattan Theatre Club’s lineup for the Ernst C. Stiefel “7@7” Reading Series. The readings kick off Monday, February 28 and will be held on consecutive Mondays through April 11. The readings will take place at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

Below is this season’s complete lineup. Please note each reading starts at 7 PM:

  • February 28: REVERBERATION by Matthew Lopez, directed by Leigh Silverman
  • March 7: CARL’S SISTER by Alfred Uhry, directed by Lynne Meadow
  • March 14: THE RECOMMENDATION by Jonathan Caren, directed by Evan Cabnet
  • March 21: TENDER by Kelly Younger, directed by Lynne Meadow
  • March 28: THE CHOOKY BRAE by D.C. Jackson, directed by Garry Hynes
  • April 4: A LASTING MARK by Michael Elyanow, directed by Michael Wilson
  • April 11: THE GREAT IMMENSITY written and directed by Steven Cosson, music and lyrics by Michael Friedman

All readings are free and open to the public, but space is limited and RSVPs are required.  To RSVP, please visit http://www.manhattantheatreclub.com/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (212) 399-3000 x 4163.

Now in its 13th year, this rehearsed reading series is dedicated to the support and development of innovative new work. The Ernst C. Stiefel Foundation has supported Manhattan Theatre Club’s reading series since 2006. 

Several plays developed at 7@7 have gone on to full productions at MTC, including David Auburn’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Proof, Joe Hortua’s Between Us, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s Based on a Totally True Story. Series plays that have been produced elsewhere in New York and around the country include Aguirre-Sacasa’s Good Boys and True, Heidi Schreck’s There Are No More Big Secrets, Stephen Adly Guirgis’ The Little Flower of East Orange, Julia Cho’s Durango, David Adjmi’s Stunning, Adam Rapp’s Red Light Winter, Theresa Rebeck’s The Scene, Naomi Iizuka’s Strike-Slip and Eric Simonson’s Fake.

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

Below is additional information on each reading. Please note: each reading starts at 7 PM.

February 28: REVERBERATION by Matthew Lopez, directed by Leigh Silverman

Jonathan never leaves his apartment. He lives in memories and dares human contact only via the anonymity of the internet. Claire is out every night, stumbling through a life full of acquaintances but devoid of friends.  When Jonathan and Claire fall into each other’s orbits, they find loneliness a powerful connector. But the past is not far enough behind them and it reverberates into the present, threatening to shake apart their fragile happiness.  REVERBERATION is an insightful contemporary drama from the critically acclaimed writer of The Whipping Man.

Matthew Lopez's play The Whipping Man is currently running at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I.  His other plays include Tio Pepe (Summer Play Festival) and Zoey’s Perfect Wedding. He is playwright-in-residence at The Old Globe Theatre, a New York Theatre Workshop Playwriting Fellow and a recent member of the Ars Nova Play Group.

March 7: CARL’S SISTER by Alfred Uhry, based on the book Apples and Oranges by Marie Brenner, directed by Lynne Meadow

Marie Brenner’s extraordinary memoir about her strained, heartwarming and funny relationship with her brother is adapted for the stage by Pulitzer-, Tony- and Academy Award-winning author, Alfred Uhry. A medical crisis brings Marie, a classic New York liberal and investigative journalist, and Carl, a conservative apple grower living in Washington State, together after many years apart. While Marie abandons her life to help her dying brother, Carl fights her every step of the way.

This touching memoir tells the story of their attempts to heal and understand one another. Alfred Uhry’s distinguished body of work includes the Pulitzer Prize- and Academy Award-winning Driving Miss Daisy, the Tony Award-winning The Last Night of Ballyhoo and Parade as well as the book for MTC’s LoveMusik.

CARL’S SISTER will feature four-time Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines in the role of ‘Carl’ and Tony Award winner Julie White in the role of ‘Marie.’

CARL’S SISTER was commissioned through MTC’s Bank of America Commissioning Program. 

March 14: THE RECOMMENDATION by Jonathan Caren, directed by Evan Cabnet

Who is your best friend? The person who treats you the nicest? The person who knows you the best? Or is it the one who owes you the most? When a chance encounter with a street hustler sheds new light on their friendship, Iskinder and Feldman are forced to question the ties that bind them together. THE RECOMMENDATION is a bold, theatrical and shockingly honest look at modern friendship from a thrilling new voice.

Jonathan Caren is a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow at The Juilliard School. His plays include Friends in Transient Places (Ars Nova) and Catch the Fish (Outstanding Play – 2007 NY International Fringe Festival). His work has been read at The Atlantic 2nd Stage, Ars Nova, The Lark Development Center, The Ensemble Studio Theater and by Partial Comfort Productions, where he is currently a member.  

March 21: TENDER by Kelly Younger, directed by Lynne Meadow

On the verge of foreclosure, a working mom and her stay-at-home husband reappraise their assets, including her aging father and his new motor home; but when they take away his keys, they learn love is not a loan that can be repaid. TENDER is a timely drama about the debt we owe our parents, the interest we charge our children, and the price of forgiveness.

Kelly Younger has had plays commissioned, produced, and developed by the Irish Repertory Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, EST/LA, and The Blank Theater. Younger was a finalist for the Joanne Woodward/Paul Newman Drama Award and winner of the John Gassner New Play Award.

March 28: THE CHOOKY BRAE by DC Jackson, directed by Garry Hynes

It’s Christmas Day in Stewarton, and Irene Gordon’s struggling to get in the festive spirit. Her 18 year-old daughter’s had a baby, her ex-husband’s had a stroke and her eldest son’s having a break down. If this was a wonderful life she would receive angelic intervention – instead she gets pot, infidelity and an escaped chicken that won’t be stuffed. THE CHOOKY BRAE is a comedy about love, duty and free range fowl from acclaimed Scottish writer DC Jackson.

DC Jackson is a Glasgow-based writer. His plays include My Romantic History (Bush Theatre/Sheffield Theatres), Company Policy and Out on the Wing. The Chooky Brae is the third part of a trilogy of plays which includes The Wall and The Ducky. He holds commissions from the Royal Court Theatre and the National Theatre of Scotland and is at work on an adaptation of The Marriage of Figaro for the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh.

April 4: A LASTING MARK by Michael Elyanow, directed by Michael Wilson

On April 4, 1968, the night of Martin Luther King’s assassination, two families – one Jewish, one African-American – face impending riots in Hartford's north end. Forty years later, the same families, now living in the suburbs, face another crisis. A LASTING MARK is a personal story about the intersection between civil rights and the Holocaust, escape and survival, hope and sacrifice.

Michael Elyanow’s work has been produced or workshopped at Hartford Stage, Chicago’s Naked Eye Theatre Company, LA’s Open Fist Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, The Lark Play Development Center, The Blank Theatre and Miami’s City Theatre. His plays have been published by Samuel French and Playscripts. Michael has taught playwriting and screenwriting at Northwestern University, Emerson College and Hampshire College.

April 11: THE GREAT IMMENSITY written and directed by Steven Cosson, music and lyrics by Michael Friedman

Polly, a photojournalist, disappears while working on Barro Colorado Island in the Panama Canal. Polly's twin embarks on a search for her sister that spans from the tropics to arctic Canada. Weaving in interviews with locals and top scientists, the play follows the sisters’ struggles with polar bears, tundra buggies, snakes, and the harsh and seemingly hopeless realities of climate change. THE GREAT IMMENSITY is a smart and imaginative new play from the Civilians investigative theatre team, featuring music by Michael Friedman.

Steven Cosson is a writer/director and founding Artistic Director of The Civilians. With The Civilians, he created In the Footprint (Irondale Center), This Beautiful City (Vineyard Theatre, Mark Taper Forum), Paris Commune (Public Lab) and Gone Missing (Barrow Street Theatre, New York Times Top 10 of 2007). Steven won an Obie Award in 2004 for the work of The Civilians. He is currently under commission by MTC through the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Michael Friedman wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. His work with the Civilians includes This Beautiful City, Gone Missing and In the Footprint among others. His other work includes Saved, The Brand New Kid, In the Bubble and Hoover Comes Alive! He recently performed in Lincoln Center's American Songbook in a concert of his songs. Barron Visiting Professor: Princeton University. Artistic associate: NYTW; founding associate artist: the Civilians; MacDowell Fellow; Hodder Fellow. Obie Award: Sustained Achievement.

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

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Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:59

MTC's GOOD PEOPLE Begins Performances Today, Feb 8

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION OF

GOOD PEOPLE

BEGINS PERFORMANCES TODAY

 

NEW PLAY BY PULITZER PRIZE WINNER DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE

DIRECTED BY TONY AWARD WINNER DANIEL SULLIVAN

 

STARRING

BECKY ANN BAKER, PATRICK CARROLL,
TATE DONOVAN, RENÉE ELISE GOLDSBERRY,
FRANCES McDORMAND, ESTELLE PARSONS

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 begins performances today in preparation for a Thursday, March 3 opening night 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), Academy Award 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.

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, APRIL 24: 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 PARTICIPANTS FOR

“AFTER WORDS: GOOD PEOPLE”

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12 DISCUSSION TO FEATURE
JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR DICK LEHR & DIRECTOR DANIEL SULLIVAN

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19 DISCUSSION TO FEATURE
AUTHOR AND ACTIVIST MICHAEL PATRICK MacDONALD
& PLAYWRIGHT DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE

Manhattan Theatre Club is pleased to announce guests for the upcoming sessions of After Words, the popular discussion panels held after selected Saturday matinees at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The latest offering will focus on GOOD PEOPLE, the world premiere play by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan, which begins previews tomorrow, Tuesday, February 8.

On Saturday, February 12, After Words will feature Dick Lehr, author of The Fence: a Police Cover-up Along Boston's Racial Divide and the New York Times bestseller Black Mass: The Irish Mob, The FBI, and a Devil's Deal, and GOOD PEOPLE director Daniel Sullivan.

On Saturday, February 19 After Words will feature Michael Patrick MacDonald, an activist for social change and national bestselling author of All Souls and Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion, and GOOD PEOPLE playwright David Lindsay-Abaire.

After Wordsis part of MTC’s continuing effort to deepen and enrich the play-going experience for its audiences. Held after selected Saturday matinees, these panels, featuring writers, cultural critics and journalists, provide provocative and illuminating insights into the political, cultural, and artistic contexts of the work MTC produces.

For more information on After Words, or to download a podcast of past After Words, please visit: www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

BIOGRAPHIES
DICK LEHR is the author of several non-fiction books set in Boston and a professor of journalism at Boston University, where he is co-director of an investigative reporting clinic. As a reporter for nearly two decades at the Boston Globe, Lehr was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting and won numerous national and regional journalism awards. His most recent book, The Fence: a Police Cover-up Along Boston's Racial Divide, was a finalist for the 2010 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime book. He is co-author of the New York Times bestseller Black Mass: The Irish Mob, The FBI, and a Devil's Deal, which won the Edgar. Both books are in feature film development.

MICHAEL PATRICK MacDONALD grew up in the Old Colony housing project in South Boston's "Lower End," an area that held the highest concentration of White poverty in America. After losing four siblings and seeing his generation decimated by poverty, crime, and addiction, he became a leading Boston activist, helping launch many antiviolence initiatives, including gun-buyback programs. He continues to work for social change nationally, collaborating with survivor families and young people.

MacDonald won the American Book Award in 2000. His national bestseller, All Souls, and his follow-up, Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion have been adopted by university curriculums across the country. MacDonald has been a contributor to the Boston Globe's Op-Ed Page. He is currently writing the screenplay for All Souls and writing his third book. MacDonald is Author-in-Residence at Northeastern University, and speaks nationally on the topics of race, class, organizing for social justice, and healing. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

INFORMATION ON GOOD PEOPLE

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, begins performances tomorrow, February 8 and will open Thursday, March 3 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

The production will star 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), Academy Award 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.

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:

  • TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 – 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, APRIL 24: 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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“Vivid, striking, and powerful.”
- New York Times

****! Fresh and compelling.”
- Daily News

“Memorable and audacious with excellent performances.”
- Associated Press

“André Braugher is thrilling.”
- Variety

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

THE WHIPPING MAN

EXTENDS FOR A THIRD TIME DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND
AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE I

TICKETS NOW ON SALE THROUGH SUNDAY, APRIL 10

Manhattan Theatre Club’s  New York premiere of THE WHIPPING MAN, the acclaimed new play by Matthew Lopez, directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes, announced today that due to popular demand, the limited engagement has been extended for a third time with tickets now on sale through Sunday, April 10. THE WHIPPING MAN opened on Tuesday to rave reviews at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

THE WHIPPING MAN 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).

Three men tied by faith, bound by secrets, at a crossroads—a Jewish Confederate soldier (Wilkison) who has returned from battle, and two former slaves (Braugher and Holland), who were raised as Jews in his household. As the three men reunite to celebrate Passover, they uncover a tangle of secrets that might cost each man his freedom.

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/

MTC’s 2011 spring Broadway season at the Samuel J. Friedman will include the upcoming world premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire’s GOOD PEOPLE directed by Daniel Sullivan and Tyne Daly in a new production of Terrence McNally’s MASTER CLASS directed by Stephen Wadsworth. In addition to THE WHIPPING MAN, MTC’s Off-Broadway spring season at New York City Center – Stage I includes the world premiere of Daniel Goldfarb’s THE EXTINCTION METHOD directed by Sam Buntrock.

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 6 Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. In January of 2011, Mandy Greenfield was named Artistic Producer of MTC. In addition to collaborating with Meadow on all Artistic policy, Greenfield is taking the lead in programming and executing at MTC's Off-Broadway Stage I at New York City Center. 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; Woman in MindCrimes of the Heart; and Ain’t Misbehavin.’

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, FEBRUARY 6: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7 – SUNDAY, MARCH 6: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, MARCH 7 – SUNDAY, MARCH 13: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note there will only by seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
  • MONDAY, MARCH 14 – SUNDAY, APRIL 10 (INCLUDING EXTENSION PERFORMANCES): Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM. Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

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

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MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB ANNOUNCES

TONY & EMMY AWARD WINNER TYNE DALY

IN NEW BROADWAY PRODUCTION OF

TERRENCE McNALLY’S

MASTER CLASS

DIRECTED BY STEPHEN WADSWORTH

ON BROADWAY AT MTC’S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE

PREVIEWS BEGIN TUESDAY, MAY 24; OPENING NIGHT SET FOR TUESDAY, JUNE 21

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce that Tony and Emmy Award winner Tyne Daly will return to Manhattan Theatre Club as Maria Callas in a new Broadway production of Terrence McNally’s award-winning play MASTER CLASS directed by Stephen Wadsworth.

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.

Daly returns to MTC after appearing in the world premiere production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole which garnered her a Tony nomination. She received a Tony Award for her performance in the 1989 revival of Gypsy. Daly is best known for her portrayal of ‘Detective Mary Beth Lacey’ in “Cagney and Lacey,” for which she received four Emmy Awards. In addition, she received Emmys for “Christy,” and “Judging Amy.”

Daly previously portrayed the role of Maria Callas in an acclaimed production at The Kennedy Center last spring.

Manhattan Theatre Club and playwright Terrence McNally have enjoyed a collaboration that has produced some of the most successful plays of the past 25 years including McNally’s breakout hit Frankie and Johnnie in the Clair de Lune (1987); The Lisbon Traviata (1989); Lips Together, Teeth Apart (1991), which became one of the longest-running hits in MTC’s history, and Love, Valour, Compassion! (1994), which transferred to Broadway and received the Tony Award for Best Play.

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.

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

Tickets will be available beginning Friday, December 17 by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or online by visiting www.Telecharge.com. Tickets will be available at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street) beginning Monday, January 3. Ticket prices will be $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 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.

BIOGRAPHIES

Terrence McNALLY (Playwright). Terrence McNally has won four Tony Awards for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! (as well as the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play and the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Best Play) and Master Class and his musical books for Kiss of the Spiderwoman and Ragtime. Recent Broadway credits include the revivals of his plays The Ritz and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. His other plays include A Perfect Ganesh, Corpus Christi, Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams, The Stendal SyndromeLips Together, Teeth Apart (Drama Desk Award Best New Play) and Its Only a Play.  Earlier stage works include Bad Habits (Obie Award Best Play), Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?, …And Things That Go Bump In the Night and Next. He also wrote the books for the musicals The Full Monty, The Rink, and A Man of No Importance.  The San Francisco Opera presented Dead Man Walking with McNally's libretto and music by Jake Heggie.   McNally has written a number of TV scripts, including “Andre's Mother” for which he won an Emmy Award.  He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, a Lucille Lortel Award, and a citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  He has been a member of the Dramatists Guild since 1970 and is a three time recipient of the Hull-Warriner Award for Best Play.

The Kennedy Center recently produced three of his plays under the title Terrence McNally’s Nights at the Opera: Master Class, The Lisbon Traviata and the world premiere of Golden Age. Other recent work includes his musical adaptation of The Visit at Arlington’s Signature Theatre, his play Deuce on Broadway and his play Some Men at Philadelphia Theatre Company and off-Broadway’s Second Stage.

Upcoming Broadway productions include his book for the new musical Catch Me if You Can with a score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and the revival of Master Class at Manhattan Theatre Club.

STEPHEN WADSWORTH (Director). Stephen Wadsworth’s productions of Aeschylus’ Oresteia, Wagner’s Ring cycle, a series of Marivaux comedies, and plays and operas by Shakespeare, Molière, Handel, Goldoni, Mozart, Shaw, Wilde, and Coward, have established him as a master of the classical repertoire and one of the most influential directors in the American theater. He has directed plays by John Guare (Dallas Theatre Centre), Beth Henley (Roundabout), Terrence McNally (Kennedy Center) and Anna Deavere Smith (Long Wharf) and during the 1990s reintroduced the work of Marivaux to the U.S. in a series of translations and productions of three plays (published by Smith and Kraus as Marivaux: Three Plays). His new translation of Molière’s Don Juan (Shakespeare Theatre, Old Globe, Seattle Rep, McCarter) reimagined a lost text and excited great interest in the French academy, and the French government named him a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. He has also translated and adapted theater works by Monteverdi, Goldoni and Handel, and worked as writer and Dramaturg on many new operas and plays, including A Quiet Place, just produced at New York City Opera, which he wrote with Leonard Bernstein. This season he directs a new Boris Godunov at the Metropolitan Opera, stages The Bartered Bride in a Met-Juilliard collaboration, revives Iphigénie en Tauride at the Met, and brings his production of McNally’s Master Class to the Manhattan Theatre Club on Broadway, starring Tyne Daly. He also worked with Ms. Daly, and Delroy Lindo, on the Aeschylus Agamemnon at the Getty Villa in Los Angeles. Wadsworth has directed opera for the Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Vienna Staatsoper, the Edinburgh Festival, and in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, Santa Fe and Seattle, where his famous Ring will be revived in 2013. Wadsworth is The James S. Marcus Faculty Fellow at the Juilliard School, where he leads the advanced training program for singers, and Head of Dramatic Studies at the Metropolitan Opera.

TYNE DALY (Maria Callas). Television Series: “Judging Amy” Emmy and Golden Globe winner for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a drama; “Christy” Emmy winner for Outstanding Lead Actress in a drama; “Cagney and Lacey” Emmy winner for Outstanding Lead Actress in a drama; Total of 16 Emmy Award nominations.

Television Movies: “Georgia O’Keefe” (with Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen); “The Perfect Mother”; “Bye, Bye, Birdie (with Jason Alexander); “Kids Like There”; The Entertainer” (starring Jack Lemmon and Ray Bolger); “Larry” (with Fred Forrest); “The Man Who Could Talk to Kids” (with Peter Boyle); “Intimate Strangers” (Emmy nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama,)

Television Episodic Guest Starring (Partial List): “The Nanny”; “Columbo”; “Magnum P.I.”; “Medical Center” (starring James Daly/Maureen Stapleton); “Streets of San Francisco” (with Michael Douglas); “Wings” (Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, starred Tim Daly); “The Rookie” (4 episodes); “The Mod Squad” (2 episodes)

Feature Motion Pictures: Zoot Suit, Telefon, The Enforcer (starring Clint Eastwood); John and Mary (with Dustin Hoffman); Play It As It Lays (with Tuesday Weld)

Theatre: Broadway: Master Class – Upcoming 2011 Manhattan Theatre Club (Kennedy Center, 2010); Gypsy (Revival -Mama Rose) Tony Award Best Leading Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk Award and Outer Circle Critics’ Award; The Seagull (Mme. Arkadina); Rabbit Hole (Nominated - Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play). Off-Broadway and Regional: Ashes, The Three Sisters, and Gethesmane, The Mark Taper Forum; Me Myself and I (Edward Albee) World Premiere McCarter Theatre, Princeton; Call Me Madam – City Center Encores; Come Back, Little Sheba – LA Theatre Center; Agammenon – The Getty Villa, Malibu; Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, Long Beach Civic Opera,

Cabaret: Feinstein’s, Regency Hotel NY; Upcoming: Concert with Michael Feinstein, Palm Desert, CA,

Recordings: On the Town, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas with The London Symphony; “The World According To Mr. Rogers” (Grammy Nomination); Call Me Madam; Anything Goes, for the BBC; Gypsy, Broadway Revival.

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Mandy Greenfield Named Artistic Producer

of Manhattan Theatre Club

Lynne Meadow and Barry Grove create new position

Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director and Barry Grove, Executive Producer of Manhattan Theatre Club announce that Mandy Greenfield will assume the title of Artistic Producer in January 2011.

Greenfield, who has been with the company since 2003, will work with long-time Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove in the newly created position of Artistic Producer at the start of the new year. Greenfield began at MTC as an Artistic Associate and was named Associate Artistic Director by Meadow in 2008. 

Greenfield and Meadow will collaborate on all MTC artistic policy and programming and will continue their close association on all the company's productions. In the new paradigm, Greenfield will take the lead for MTC at City Center -- programming, guiding, and executing the company's work off-Broadway. Meadow, Grove, and Greenfield, along with other senior staff members, have begun planning for new initiatives in new play development and production at City Center, the company’s off-Broadway home.

Lynne Meadow says, "I am thrilled that Mandy Greenfield will step up as Artistic Producer for us. I have loved working with her these past six years. I admire her and respect her tremendously and think that she is a gifted, perceptive, and passionate producer. She has already made her mark at MTC. I look forward to a prolific and successful collaboration and to what I know will be her enormous contributions to this company."

Barry Grove says, "I value Mandy Greenfield's extraordinary commitment to Manhattan Theatre Club and am very much looking forward to working with her in her new capacity as Artistic Producer.” 

Mandy Greenfield says, “I am privileged to continue my close association with Lynne and Barry, and deeply grateful to the writers, directors, designers and actors who make our work at MTC so fruitful and gratifying.  This new position presents great opportunity, and is a rewarding outgrowth of the artistic collaboration I’ve enjoyed with Lynne in my time at MTC.   I am excited to build upon MTC’s rich history of serving our finest living playwrights, programming and producing the kind of strong, adventurous new work, for which we are known.”

Prior to joining MTC, Mandy produced several world premiere productions including the critically acclaimed musical BETTY RULES, Daniel Goldfarb’s MODERN ORTHODOX as well as his ADAM BAUM AND THE JEW MOVIE and Darko Tresnjak’s PRINCESS TURNADOT, among many others.  Currently, Mandy serves on the Advisory Board for the Drama League as well as on the committee for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.  Her essay “First-Person Singular: Female Writers Embrace the One-Person Play,” appeared in WOMEN WRITING PLAYS, published in 2006 by the University of Texas Press.  Mandy graduated magna cum laude from Yale University.

Manhattan Theatre Club has been at the forefront of creating exciting and award-winning work for the theatre on and off-Broadway for over three decades. Three of the last six Pulitzer Prizes awarded for Drama were given to MTC produced plays, an accomplishment unparalleled by any theatrical institution.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove  for over three decades, the company produces a subscription season on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre and off-Broadway at NY City Center.  MTC productions have garnered 17 Tony Awards, 6 Pulitzer Prizes, 47 Obies and 29 Drama Desk Awards, as well as numerous Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards. MTC has won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Achievement, a Drama Desk for Outstanding Excellence, and a Theatre World for Outstanding Achievement. 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; Woman in Mind; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain't Misbehavin’.

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S
NEW YORK PREMIERE OF
THE WHIPPING MAN
BEGINS REHEARSALS TODAY

 NEW PLAY STARRING ANDRE BRAUGHER, ANDRE HOLLAND, & JAY WILKISON
TO START PREVIEWS THURSDAY, JANUARY 13; OPENING NIGHT TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1

Manhattan Theatre Club’s New York premiere of THE WHIPPING MAN, the acclaimed new play by Matthew Lopez, directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes, begins rehearsals today. This new production will star two-time Emmy Award winner Andre Braugher (“Men of a Certain Age,” “Homicide”), Andre Holland (Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The Brother/Sister Plays), and Jay Wilkison (upcoming film version of Rabbit Hole).

The limited engagement of THE WHIPPING MAN will begin previews Thursday, January 13 and open Tuesday, February 1 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

Three men tied by faith, bound by secrets. 

See two-time Emmy® Award winner Andre Braugher (“Men of a Certain Age,” “Homicide”), alongside Andre Holland (Joe Turner’s Come and Gone) and Jay Wilkison (RentRabbit Hole), in the New York debut of Matthew Lopez’s fascinating new play. Tony Award® winner Doug Hughes (The Royal Family, Doubt) returns to MTC to direct this extraordinary tale of loyalty, deceit and deliverance. 

Three men are left at a crossroads—a Jewish Confederate soldier who has returned from battle, and two former slaves, who were raised as Jews in his household. As the three men reunite to celebrate Passover, they uncover a tangle of secrets that might cost each man his freedom.

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

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.’

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:

  • THURSDAY, JANUARY 13 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 16: Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinee on Sunday at 2 PM. There will be no Saturday matinee performance this partial week.
  • MONDAY, JANUARY 17 – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7 – SUNDAY, MARCH 6: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, MARCH 7 – SUNDAY, MARCH 13: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note there will only by seven performances on sale to the general public this week.

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MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB PRESENTS
ANNUAL WINTER BENEFIT, “AN INTIMATE NIGHT”
MONDAY, JANUARY 24 AT THE PLAZA

FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY
LAURA BENANTI, CHEYENNE JACKSON,
BEBE NEUWIRTH & STEVEN PASQUALE

DIRECTED BY
LYNNE MEADOW

PROCEEDS TO SUPPORT MTC’S MISSION AS A LEADING NON-PROFIT THEATRE COMPANY PRODUCING CONTEMPORARY PLAYS ON AND OFF-BROADWAY

Manhattan Theatre Club will present its annual Winter Benefit, an evening of cocktails and dinner followed by a special one-night-only cabaret-style show featuring some of the biggest stars of musical theatre on Monday, January 24, 2011 at The Plaza (58th Street & Fifth Avenue).

MTC’s Artistic Director Lynne Meadow will direct the show which will feature performances by Tony Award winner Laura Benanti (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), Cheyenne Jackson (“30 Rock”), two-time Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth (The Addams Family), and Steven Pasquale (“Rescue Me”).

MTC Board member Fiona Kirk and Christine Daley are co-chairs of the event.

The evening’s creative team will include: John Lee Beatty (Set), Aaron Spivey (Lighting), Dan Gerhard (Sound), and Joel Silberman (Musical Director).

The Winter Benefit begins with cocktails at 7 PM followed by dinner at 8 PM with the performance beginning at approximately 9:15 PM. All proceeds from this annual event will support MTC’s mission as a leading non-profit theatre company producing contemporary plays on and off-Broadway.

Individual tickets for MTC’s Winter Benefit, including cocktails, dinner and the show are available for $2,500 and $1,500.  Tables of ten are also available for $25,000, $20,000, and $15,000.  Tickets can be purchased at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com/WinterBenefit or for more information, call (212) 399-3000, ext. 4145.

BIOGRAPHIES

LYNNE MEADOW, since 1972,has overseen hundreds of productions and accepted every major theatre award on behalf of MTC. Director: Donald Margulies’ Collected Stories, The Loman Family Picnic, Charles Busch’s Our Leading Lady and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (Broadway, national tour), David Greig’s The American Pilot, Ron Hutchinson’s Moonlight and Magnolias (MTC, Alliance Theatre), Leslie Ayvazian’s Nine Armenians (Drama Desk nomination, Best Director), Alan Ayckbourn’s Woman in Mind (Drama Desk nomination, Best Director)and A Small Family Business (Broadway), David Rudkin’s Ashes (The Public, Obie Award), premieres by Marsha Norman, Simon Gray, Howard Brenton, etc. Graduate of Bryn Mawr, Yale School of Drama. Recipient of numerous awards including the Mr. Abbott Award, Margo Jones Award, etc. Taught at Yale, Fordham, NYU, etc.

LAURA BENANTI can now be seen on Broadway in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. She was honored with the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Drama League nomination for her portrayal of Louise/Gypsy Rose Lee in the Patti LuPone revival of Gypsy. She previously starred in the Encores! production. Broadway: The Sound of Music (Maria, opposite Richard Chamberlain), Swing! (Tony nomination: Best Featured Actress), Into The Woods (Cinderella; Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, LA Ovation and Tony nominations), Nine (Claudia, opposite Antonio Banderas; Outer Critics Circle, Drama League nominations), The Wedding Singer (Julia Sullivan), In The Next Room, or The Vibrator Play (Lincoln Center). Encores: Gypsy (Louise), Wonderful Town (Eileen). Benefits: The Secret Garden (Lily), Hair, Pippin (Catherine) and Children of Eden. Off-Broadway: Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them; Time and Again (Julia, MTC). LA Opera: A Little Night Music (Anne). Williamstown: The Winter's Tale (Perdita, opposite Kate Burton). Film: Falling for Grace (Princess Alexandra), Take the Lead. Television: "Open Books" (CBS), "Life on Mars" (ABC), "Eli Stone" (ABC), "Starved" (FX). Recordings: several Broadway cast recordings, as well as "NEO," "The Stephen Schwartz Album" and "The Maury Yeston Songbook." Laura studies voice with her mother Linda Benanti, a former Broadway performer. She was raised in Kinnelon, NJ with her sister Marielle, by her mother and father, Dr. Salvatore Benanti. She is married to actor Steven Pasquale.

CHEYENNE JACKSON currently appears on NBC’s “30 Rock,” Fox’s “Glee” and will soon be seen on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” He has also been seen in “Family Practice,” “Life on Mars,” “Lipstick Jungle,” “Ugly Betty”, "Law and Order" and “It Takes a Village.” Jackson’s film credits include Curiosity, Hysteria, Photo Op and the Academy Award nominated film United 93.  He’ll next appear in the indie films Smile and The Green.  His first Broadway role was in All Shook Up, earning him the Theatre World Award.  Jackson has also appeared in productions of Finian’s Rainbow, Damn Yankees, Xanadu, The Agony & The Agony, Altar Boyz, Aida, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Cartells, On the 20th Century, and The 24 Hour Plays. Jackson is an ambassador for amfAR and serves as national ambassador for The Hetrick-Martin Institute.  He recently released a debut CD titled "The Power of Two" with Michael Feinstein.

BEBE NEUWIRTH. Broadway: A Chorus Line, Sheila; Little Me,Monique; Dancin’, Principal; Sweet Charity,Nickie (Tony Award); Damn Yankees,Lola; Chicago, Velma (Tony Award, Astaire Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League Distinguished Performance of the Year) and Roxie; Fosse,Principal. Off-Broadway: Everett Beekin (Lincoln Center), Here Lies Jenny (Zipper Theater), Ashley Montana… (Flea Theater), Writer’s Block (Atlantic Theater). Regional: A Chorus Line,Cassie; West Side Story,Anita; The Taming of the Shrew, Katherine. London’s West End: Kiss of the Spider Woman, Aurora/Spider Woman. TV: “Cheers,” Lilith (two Emmy Awards); “Wild Palms,” Tabba Schwartzkopf; “Dash and Lily,” Dorothy Parker (Emmy nomination); “Law & Order: Trial by Jury,” D.A. Kibre; “Bored to Death,” Caroline. Cartoon voices: All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (and series), Another Goofy Movie, “Aladdin” (series), various PBS children’s shows. Film: Green Card, Summer of Sam, Celebrity, Liberty Heights, Bugsy, Jumanji, The Faculty, Adopt a Sailor, The Paint Job, Fame, etc. Concerts: Bebe Sings Weill and Kander & Ebb, Stories with Piano. Revue: Upstairs at O’Neals’, Cabaret: Verboten. Recipient of the 2006 Rolex Dance Award, 2007 Dance Magazine Award. Honorary Ziegfeld Girl.

STEVEN PASQUALE most recently starred on Broadway in Neil LaBute's reasons to be pretty. A regular on the theater scene, Pasquale's credits include Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden (World AIDS Day Concert), Henrik in A Little Night Music (opposite Victor Garber, Natasha Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave), Captain Taylor in A Soldier's Play (Second Stage, opposite Taye Diggs), Tom in the Neil LaBute off-Broadway hit, Fat Pig, Robbie in the Ahrens/Flaherty/McNally musical A Man of No Importance (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations), Beautiful Child, The Spitfire Grill, Spinning Into Butter, Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party and he created the role of Fabrizio in Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas' The Light in the Piazza. Television audiences have followed him for five seasons as Sean Garrity on the FX hit show "Rescue Me." His other television credits include a recurring role on HBO's Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning drama "Six Feet Under" and Sofia Coppola's "Platinum." His film credits include the role of Dallas in Alien vs. Predator: Requim, Aurora Borealis which premiered at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival, and Jonathan's Segal's The Last Run. His solo album, "Somethin' Like Love", was released by the Grammy nominated record label PS Classics. He currently resides in Manhattan with his wife, Tony Award winning actress Laura Benanti.

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MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION OF

BEAU WILLIMON’S

SPIRIT CONTROL

BEGINS FINAL WEEK OF LIMITED ENGAGEMENT

 FINAL PERFORMANCE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5

“Fiercely Gripping with an Intriguing Twist”
–        Charles Isherwood, The New York Times 

 

Manhattan Theatre Club’s (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) world premiere production of Beau Willimon’s SPIRIT CONTROL begins the final week of its limited engagement tonight.  The play opened October 26.  Directed by Henry Wishcamper, SPIRIT CONTROL plays at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street). It will play its final performance on Sunday, December 5 after playing 48 regular performances and 21 previews.

The cast includes Mia Barron (Farragut North, The Coast of Utopia), Charles Borland (A Man For All Seasons, A Streetcar Named Desire), Aaron Michael Davies (Off-Broadway debut), Brian Hutchison(From Up Here at MTC, Looped), Maggie Lacey (The Orphans’ Home Cycle, Dividing The Estate), and Jeremy Sisto (“Law & Order,” “Six Feet Under”).

New York critics applauded SPIRIT CONTROL. Below is a sampling:

“Crackles with edge-of-seat urgency” – Joe Dziemianowicz, The Daily News

“Astonishing!” – Helen Shaw, Time Out New York

“Jeremy Sisto gives a powerful performance.” – Alexis Soloski, The Village Voice

Adam Wyatt (Sisto) has the perfect family and a perfect record as an air traffic controller. But when the pilot of a small plane suffers a heart attack, Adam must talk a terrified passenger through an emergency landing. What happens next will link him inextricably to a woman he’s never met, and set the life he once knew irrevocably adrift. SPIRIT CONTROL is a chilling and mesmerizing look at how we navigate a crisis, and the demons that haunt us long after.

Both Wishcamper, the up-and-coming director who won acclaim for his production of Conor McPherson’s Port Authority, and Willimon, the breakout young talent behind the play Farragut North, are making their Manhattan Theatre Club debuts with SPIRIT CONTROL.  

SPIRIT CONTROL features scenic design by Robin Vest, costume design by Jenny Mannis, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Broken Chord, projection design by Aaron Rhyne, original music by Chas Willimon and casting by David Caparelliotis.

Subscriptions to MTC’s 2010-2011 season are available online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR SPIRIT CONTROL:

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

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Please note, SPIRIT CONTROL is dark on Mondays:

  • THROUGH SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

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’.

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

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MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB

ANNOUNCES FULL CASTING FOR WORLD PREMIERE OF

GOOD PEOPLE

WRITTEN BY PULITZER PRIZE WINNER DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE

DIRECTED BY TONY AWARD WINNER DANIEL SULLIVAN

 

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED

TATE DONOVAN AND FRANCES McDORMAND

 

TO BE JOINED BY

BECKY ANN BAKER, PATRICK CARROLL,

RENÉE ELISE GOLDSBERRY, AND ESTELLE PARSONS

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Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce full casting for Manhattan Theatre Club’s upcoming world premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire’s GOOD PEOPLE directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan.

The previously announced Tate Donovan (“Damages,” Amy’s View) and Academy Award winner Frances McDormand (Fargo, North Atlantic) will be joined by Becky Ann Baker (All My Sons, Assassins), Patrick Carroll (Broadway debut), Emmy Award nominee Renée Elise Goldsberry (“One Life to Live,” Rent), and Oscar winner Estelle Parsons (August: Osage County, “Roseanne”).

GOOD PEOPLE will play at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). Previews for the limited engagement will begin on Tuesday, February 8 with an opening night of Thursday, March 3.

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), and Jill BC DuBoff (sound design).

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.

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.’

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

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Tickets are available by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200, 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:

  • TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 – 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, APRIL 24: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

BIOGRAPHIES:

DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE (Playwright) was most recently nominated for two Tony Awards for his work on Shrek The Musical: Best Book of a Musical and Best Score (with composer Jeanine Tesori). Prior to that he was awarded the 2008 Ed Kleban Award as America's most promising musical theatre lyricist and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Rabbit Hole, which premiered on Broadway at MTC. Rabbit Hole also received five Tony Award nominations, including Best Play, and the Spirit of America Award. His other shows include Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World, High Fidelity and A Devil Inside, among others. In addition to his work in theatre, David's screen adaptation of Rabbit Hole is scheduled for release this month. It stars Nicole Kidman and is directed by John Cameron Mitchell. David is a proud New Dramatists alum, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Juilliard School, as well as a member of the WGA and the Dramatists Guild Council.

DANIEL SULLIVAN (Director). For MTC, Sullivan directed Time Stands Still, Accent on Youth, Rabbit Hole, Brooklyn Boy, Sight Unseen, and Proof. Among his other Broadway credits are Merchant of Venice; The Homecoming; Prelude to a Kiss; Julius Caesar; Morning’s at Seven; I’m Not Rappaport; A Moon for the Misbegotten; The Heidi Chronicles; Conversations With My Father; Ah, Wilderness!; and The Sisters Rosensweig. Among his Off-Broadway credits are The Night Watcher, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Intimate Apparel, Stuff Happens, Far East, Spinning into Butter, Dinner with Friends. 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.

BECKY ANN BAKER (Jean). Broadway: All My Sons, Assassins, Titanic, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Off-Broadway: Suddenly Last Summer, Othello and Two Gentlemen of Verona (NYSF), Encore’s Wonderful Town, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told (NYTW), Shanghai Moon and June Moon (Drama Dept.), Durang, Durang (MTC), To Whom It May Concern, Laura Dennis (Signature), The Vagina Monologues (Westside Arts) and more. Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Old Globe, South Coast Rep, Arena Stage, NJSF, Goodman and more. Film: Nights in Rodanthe, Spinning into Butter, Stay, The Night Listener, Gretchen, War of the Worlds, Two Weeks Notice, A Simple Plan, Celebrity, Men In Black, In and Out, Sabrina, Unstrung Heroes, White Squall, Lorenzo’s Oil and Come See the Paradise.  TV: “Kings,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Freaks and Geeks” (regular), “Storm of the Century,” “Soul Man,” “Ruby Ridge,” “Frasier,” “Star Trek: Voyager,” “Sex and the City,” “Law & Order,” “L&O: SVU,” “Oz” and more. Member: Actor’s Studio, Drama Dept. and Usual Suspects – NYTW. 

PATRICK CARROLL (Stevie) will make his Broadway debut in Good People. Additional theater credits include productions of Troilus & Cressida, Quills, and A Streetcar Named Desire. He made his feature film debut in a leading role in Brian DePalma’s Redacted. In television, he has appeared on "Law & Order," "Eleventh Hour" and "Six Degrees."  Patrick is a graduate of the Rutgers University acting conservatory program.

TATE DONOVAN (Mike). Broadway: Amy’s View; Picnic (Roundabout). Off-Broadway: Lobby Hero (Playwrights Horizons); The American Plan (MTC). Other theatre includes: Rabbit Hole (Geffen); Under the Blue Sky; Once in a Lifetime and The Glass Menagerie (Williamstown); Ruffian on the Stair (Long Wharf); The Rhythm of Torn Stars (Pacific Theater Ensemble); Bent (Coast Playhouse); The Trill (Mark Taper Forum). Film credits include: Below the Belt; American Primitive; Shooter; Neal Cassady; Nancy Drew: The Mystery in Hollywood Hills; Good Night, and Good Luck (SAG Award Nomination, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture); The Lather Effect; Pacifier; Swordfish; Get Well Soon; G-Men; Drop Back Ten; Murder at 1600; Holy Matrimony; Hercules; The Only Thrill; Ethan Frome; Equinox; Inside Monkey Zetterland (Independent Spirit Award Nomination, Best Supporting Actor); Love Potion #9; Little Noises; Memphis Belle; Dead Bang; Clean and Sober; Space Camp; No Small Affair. Television credits include: “Weeds;” “No Ordinary Family;” “Medium;” “Nip/Tuck;” “Damages;” “Law & Order: CI;” “Painkiller Jane;” “Silver Bells;” “The O.C.;” “Trinity;” “Friends;” “Ally McBeal;” “Partners;” “America’s Dream: The Long Black Song;” “Rising Son;” “Vietnam War Stories” (ACE Award Nominee, Best Actor in a Dramatic Series); “Nutcracker;” “A Case of Deadly Force;” “Into Thin Air.” Directing credits include: “Weeds;” “Medium;” “Nip/Tuck;” “Damages;” “The O.C.”

RENÉE ELISE GOLDSBERRY (Kate) returns to Broadway having played Mimi in the final cast of Rent as well as in the acclaimed film Rent: Live on Broadway. Other New York theatre credits include The Color Purple, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Lion King, and The Baker’s Wife. Goldsberry received two Daytime Emmy nominations for her role on “One Life to Live.” Other recent television credits include “Running Wilde,” “Royal Pains,” “White Collar,” “The Good Wife,” “Life on Mars,” “Ally McBeal,” and “Providence.” Her film credits include Pistol Whipped, All About You, Turnaround, Amistad, Godzilla, and Bob Roberts.

FRANCES McDORMAND (Margie Walsh) studied at the Yale School of Drama. Stage appearances include The Country Girl directed by Mike Nichols on Broadway, Caryl Churchill’s Far Away directed by Stephen Daldry at New York Theatre Workshop, her Tony-nominated performance as ‘Stella’ in A Streetcar Named Desire, The Sisters Rosenzweig directed by Daniel Sullivan at Lincoln Center Theatre, The Swan at The Public Theatre, A Streetcar Named Desire (this time as ‘Blanche’) at the Gate Theater in Dublin, and Dare Clubb's Oedipus at the Blue Light Theater Company opposite Billy Crudup.  With The Wooster Group, she performed in To You, The Birdie! and North Atlantic.

Films include Burn After Reading, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Friends With Money, Laurel Canyon, Something’s Gotta Give, Wonder Boys, City By The Sea, Madeline, Primal Fear, Lone Star, Palookaville, Chattahoochee, Darkman, Hidden Agenda, Short Cuts, Beyond Rangoon, Paradise Road, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Raising Arizona, and Blood Simple. She can next be seen in Transformers 3 and opposite Sean Penn in This Must Be the Place.

She is the recipient of four Academy Award nominations: Mississippi Burning, Almost Famous, North Country, and Fargo, for which she received the award for her performance as ‘Marge Gunderson’.

ESTELLE PARSONS (Dottie) enjoys a lengthy and successful career, having appeared on television, film, and the stage since the early 1950’s. Her first foray into the business began when she was hired by “The Today Show,” first as a production assistant, then staff writer, which eventually led her to become the first female television network political news reporter. Towards the late 1950’s Estelle began acting and appeared in her first stage performance in 1956 for the production of Happy Hunting. Since then, Estelle has gone on to either star in or direct over 25 productions. Most notably, she has been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performances in The Seven Descents of Myrtle (1968); And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little (1971); and Miss Margarida’s Way (1978). Furthermore, she was nominated for the Tony Award for Featured Actress for her work in Mornings at Seven (2002). Estelle’s first film role came in Ladybug, Ladybug in 1963 and continued with 15 more roles over the next 30 years. In particular, her role in Bonnie & Clyde garnered an Academy Award (1967), and she was nominated again the following year for her work in Rachel, Rachel (1968). Other film performances include Don’t Drink the Water (1969), I Walk the Line (1970), I Never Sang for My Father (1970), Watermelon Man (1970), For Pete’s Sake (1974), Dick Tracy (1990), Boys on the Side (1995), and Looking for Richard (1996). On television, Estelle appeared in “All in the Family,” but is best remembered as the mother of “Roseanne” on the eponymous hit sitcom, logging over 50 episodes during the show’s 9 year run. Most recently, she has appeared in the television mini-series on HBO “Empire Falls” (2005). She triumphantly returned to Broadway in 2008 as the star of August: Osage County, and subsequently toured Canada and the States. She won the Garland Award in Los Angeles for Best Actress. She also recently starred in Deathtrap in the West End with Simon Russell Beale. In addition to teaching acting at Columbia and Yale, Estelle Parsons served as the Artistic Director of the Actors’ Studio between 1996 and 2001.

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