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EMMY AWARD WINNER ANDRE BRAUGHER

TO APPEAR IN MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB'S

THE WHIPPING MAN

BY MATTHEW LOPEZ

DIRECTED BY DOUG HUGHES


LIMITED ENGAGEMENT TO BEGIN THURSDAY, JANUARY 13;

PRODUCTION TO OPEN TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 at MTC AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER - STAGE I

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) announce that two-time Emmy Award winner Andre Braugher will appear in Manhattan Theatre Club's upcoming New York premiere of the critically acclaimed historical drama THE WHIPPING MAN by Matthew Lopez, directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes.

This new production will begin performances Thursday, January 13 and open Tuesday February 1 at MTC at New York City Center - Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

Braugher is one of the most admired actors working today, having earned two Emmy Awards: in 1998 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama for his fiery performance in "Homicide: Life on the Streets" and in 2006 for his starring role in the miniseries "Thief." In 2010, he received his sixth Emmy nomination for the hit series "Men of a Certain Age" which will return for its second season December 6 on TNT. On stage, Braugher received an Obie Award for his performance in the 1996 Shakespeare in the Park production of Henry V. Other New York stage credits include: Hamlet, The Tragedy of Richard II, Measure for Measure, and Twelfth Night.

April, 1865:  the Civil War has ended. Caleb DeLeon, a Jewish Confederate soldier, returns wounded from the battlefield to find his family home in ruins, abandoned by everyone except Simon (Braugher) and John -two former slaves, who were raised as Jews in the DeLeon home. As the three men reunite to celebrate Passover, and recall the exodus from Egypt in light of their own new liberties, they uncover a tangle of secrets... ties that bind them together and that, ultimately, might cost each man his freedom.

Manhattan Theatre Club's New York debut of this acclaimed historical drama is a tale of loyalty, deceit and deliverance, and a fascinating portrayal of three men, and this country, at a crossroads.

Additional casting and other listings information for this limited engagement will be announced in the coming weeks.

The creative team for THE WHIPPING MAN features: John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), Jill BC DuBoff (sound 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

BIOGRAPHY
ANDRE BRAUGHER (Simon). One of Hollywood's most respected actors Emmy Award-winner Andre Braugher finds he is able to cross over from television to film to theatre with ease.

Braugher currently stars on the TNT series "Men of a Certain Age" alongside Ray Romano and Scott Bakula. Braugher received an Emmy Award nomination for his role in the show which returns for the second season on December 6.

Most recently Braugher co-starred in the feature film Salt opposite Angelina Jolie for director Phillip Noyce. Prior to that he co-starred in Passengers opposite Anne Hathaway; in the Frank Darabont film The Mist based on the novel by Stephen King and in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. He was also seen starring in the sci-fi mini-series "The Andromeda Strain" alongside Benjamin Bratt and Eric McCormack for A&E.

Perhaps best known for his riveting Emmy Award-winning portrayal of Detective Frank Pembleton, Braugher won a second Emmy(r) Award in 2006 for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Mini-Series for his starring role in mini-series "Thief," which aired on FX.

In 2004, Braugher starred in the TNT original four-hour mini-series "Salem's Lot" based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King. Prior to that film, he starred in the Showtime Original Film "A Soldier's Girl."

In 2002, he starred in the critically acclaimed CBS series "Hack" opposite David Morse and in the Showtime Original Film "10,000 Black Men Named George" with Charles Dutton and Mario Van Peebles for director Robert Townsend. Braugher served as Executive Producer on this film and he received an NAACP Award nomination for his role as A. Philip Randolph.

In 2000-2001, Braugher starred in the critically acclaimed ABC drama series "Gideon's Crossing," which was created by Paul Attanasio also one of the creators of "Homicide: Life on the Street." Braugher received an Emmy(r) Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Dr. Ben Gideon.

In 1999 Braugher made his directorial debut with one vignette of the Showtime trilogy "Love Songs," in which he also starred, and he starred in the TNT telefilm "Passing Glory" (1999), for director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) garnering critical acclaim for his performance.

In addition to Braugher's success on the small screen, audiences have seen him star in a variety of feature film roles.  Most recently he co-starred in Poseidon (2006); in Duets (2000) opposite Gwyneth Paltrow for director Bruce Paltrow; in the independent feature A Better Way to Die (2000); and alongside Dennis Quaid in the critically praised film Frequency (2000). Before that he starred with Alec Baldwin in the independent film Thick As Thieves (1999), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and later aired on HBO; he was a part of an ensemble cast, which included Jeff Daniels, Gary Sinise, Joan Allen and Anna Paquin, in director Jim Stern's All The Rage (1999); and starred in City of Angels (1998) with Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan, and Dennis Franz.

Braugher's other notable feature film credits include Primal Fear (1996) with Richard Gere, which marked his first collaboration with Frequency director Gregory Hoblit; Spike Lee's Get on the Bus (1996); and Glory (1989), the Oscar-winning story of America's first unit of black soldiers during the Civil War.

Braugher's work on television continues to be recognized by his critics, audiences and his peers.  In 2006, he received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Mini-Series and a Golden Globe Award nomination for his role as Nick Atwater in mini-series "Thief."  In 2001, he received an Emmy Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Dr. Ben Gideon in "Gideon's Crossing."  In 1998 he received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for portrayal of Detective Frank Pembleton on "Homicide: Life on the Street."  In 1996 he received two Emmy Award nominations - one for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role in "Homicide: Life on the Street" and one for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Mini-Series for his work in the Peabody Award-winning HBO production "The Tuskeegee Airmen."

His other television credits include him reprising his Emmy Award-winning role of Detective Frank Pembleton in the two-hour NBC Special "Homicide: The Movie" (2000); the title role in "The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson" (1990), HBO's "Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture" (1990) and NBC's "Murder in Mississippi" (1990).  He began his television career as the late Telly Savalas' sidekick in television movies based on the original "Kojak" series.

A most versatile performer, Braugher has appeared on stage with the New York Shakespeare Festival in Measure for Measure and Twelfth Night and most recently, in the title role of Henry V, which earned him an Obie Award.  At Joseph Papp's Public Theater, Braugher preformed in The Way of the World, and Shakespeare's Richard II and Coriolanus.  He played Iago in the Folger Shakespeare Festival production of Othello and performed the title role in Macbeth for the Philadelphia Drama Guild.

Braugher, who was born and raised in Chicago, earned a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.F.A. from Juilliard.

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MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB'S
WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION OF
BEAU WILLIMON'S

SPIRIT CONTROL

OPENS TOMORROW, OCTOBER 26

Manhattan Theatre Club's (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) world premiere production of Beau Willimon's SPIRIT CONTROL will open tomorrow, October 26 at New York City Center - Stage I (131 West 55th Street).  The play, directed by Henry Wishcamper (Graceland, Port Authority) began previews on October 7.

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").

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<http://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(r) (212-581-1212) and www.nycitycenter.org<file:///C:\Documents%20and%20Settings\cbaird\Local%20Settings\Temporary%20Internet%20Files\Content.Outlook\F63GYGOT\www.nycitycenter.org>.
*   Tickets for SPIRIT CONTROL are $80.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Please note, SPIRIT CONTROL is dark on Mondays:

*   THROUGH SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 7PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
*   MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
*   MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
*   MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28: Tuesday at 7PM, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 PM and a special holiday performance on Sunday at 7PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
*   MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29 - 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 PARTICIPANTS FOR
"AFTER WORDS: THE PITMEN PAINTERS"

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 DISCUSSION TO FEATURE
PROFESSOR TIM BARRINGER & DIRECTOR MAX ROBERTS

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2 DISCUSSION TO FEATURE
PLAYWRIGHT LEE HALL & AUTHOR WILLIAM FEAVER,
FEAVER TO SIGN COPIES OF HIS BOOK "PITMEN PAINTERS"
IMMEDIATELY AFTER DISCUSSION

Manhattan Theatre Club is pleased to announce guests for the upcoming session 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 the THE PITMEN PAINTERS by Lee Hall, directed by Max Roberts.

On Saturday, September 18, After Words will feature Tim Barringer, a professor of the history of art at Yale, and director Max Roberts.

On Saturday, October 2 After Words will feature playwright Lee Hall and author William Feaver, whose book Pitmen Painters inspired the play. In addition, following the discussion, Feaver will be on hand to autograph copies of his book which is currently on sale at the Friedman Theatre.

After Words is 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
TIM BARRINGER is Paul Mellon Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of the History of Art at Yale University, has published and lectured widely on British art and visual culture and on art and empire. His books include Reading the Pre-Raphaelites (1998), American Sublime (with Andrew Wilton, 2002) and Men at Work: Art and Labour in Victorian Britain (Yale, 2005). He is editor of Colonialism and the Object (with Tom Flynn, 1997) and Frederic Leighton: Antiquity, Renaissance, Modernity (Elizabeth Prettejohn, Yale 1998). Art and the British Empire (with Douglas Fordham and Geoff Quilley, 2007), Art and Emanciption in Jamaica (with Gillian Forrester and Barbaro Martinez-Ruiz, 2007) and Writing the Pre-Raphaelites (with Michaela Giebelhausen) will appear with Ashgate in 2008.

WILLIAM FEAVER  is the former art critic for the (London) Observer, writer, curator, broadcaster, painter, author of Pitmen Painters, from which THE PITMEN PAINTERS derives, and most recently, books on Frank Auerbach and Lucian Freud, whose retrospective he curated in 2002-3. He is founder trustee of The Ashington Group, member of the art advisory committee for the National Museum of Wales, and a tutor at the Prince's Drawing School.

INFORMATION ON THE PITMEN PAINTERS

Manhattan Theatre Club's (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) American premiere of Tony Award winner Lee Hall's THE PITMEN PAINTERS at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The play will celebrate a September 30 opening night.

Manhattan Theatre Club, by special arrangement with Bob Boyett, is producing the Live Theatre, Newcastle/National Theatre of Great Britain's co-production of THE PITMEN PAINTERS on Broadway.

The cast, who have been with the production since it premiered at Live Theatre in 2007, includes: Christopher Connel, Michael Hodgson, Ian Kelly, Brian Lonsdale, Lisa McGrillis, Deka Walmsley, David Whitaker and Phillippa Wilson.  The play is directed by Max Roberts.

Inspired by a book by William Feaver, and hailed by London critics as "a glorious instant classic" (Evening Standard), "a wonderful piece of theatre" (Financial Times) "a beautiful work of art that everybody should see" (The Times of London), and "a superb piece of work; warm, funny, sad, and thought-provoking" (The Daily Telegraph), the play tells the story of the Ashington Group - miners from Northumberland who became celebrated painters. THE PITMEN PAINTERS was named Best Play at the 2008 Evening Standard Awards.

Direct from a sold-out engagement at London's National Theatre, this funny and fascinating new play by Tony Award winner Lee Hall (writer of Broadway's mega-hit Billy Elliot) comes to Broadway with its entire original London cast intact. THE PITMEN PAINTERS is based on the triumphant true story of a group of British miners who discover a new way to express themselves and unexpectedly become art-world sensations! An arresting and hilarious salute to the power of individual expression and the collective spirit, THE PITMEN PAINTERS takes you on an unforgettable journey from the depths of the mine to the heights of fame.
THE PITMEN PAINTERS features scenic and costume design by Gary McCann, lighting design by Douglas Kuhrt, and sound design by Martin Hodgson.

The cast of THE PITMEN PAINTERS is appearing with the permission of Actors' Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors' Equity Association for its assistance of this production.

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 - $116.

For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE FOR THE PITMEN PAINTERS:
Please note THE PITMEN PAINTERS is dark on Mondays:

*   THROUGH SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3: Tuesday at 7PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 7PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2PM.
*   MONDAY, OCTOBER 5 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
*   MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28 (THANKSGIVING WEEK): Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 PM. Tuesday at 7 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Dark on Thursday.
*   MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12: 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

THE PITMEN PAINTERS

STARTS PREVIEWS TOMORROW

 

BROADWAY PREMIERE OF LEE HALL’S ACCLAIMED PLAY,

OPENS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 AT MTC’S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE

 

“A glorious instant classic that is tragic, funny and illuminating in one fell swoop of energy.”

-Evening Standard

 

Manhattan Theatre Club’s (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) American premiere of Tony Award winner Lee Hall’s THE PITMEN PAINTERS begins previews tomorrow, Tuesday, September 14 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The play will celebrate a September 30 opening night.

Manhattan Theatre Club, by special arrangement with Bob Boyett, will produce the Live Theatre, Newcastle/National Theatre of Great Britain’s co-production of THE PITMEN PAINTERS on Broadway.

The cast, who have been with the production since it premiered at Live Theatre in 2007, will include: Christopher Connel, Michael Hodgson, Ian Kelly, Brian Lonsdale, Lisa McGrillis, Deka Walmsley, David Whitaker and Phillippa Wilson.

Inspired by a book by William Feaver, and hailed by London critics as “a glorious instant classic” (Evening Standard), “a wonderful piece of theatre” (Financial Times) “a beautiful work of art that everybody should see” (The Times of London), and “a superb piece of work; warm, funny, sad, and thought-provoking” (The Daily Telegraph), the play tells the story of the Ashington Group – miners from Northumberland who became celebrated painters. THE PITMEN PAINTERS was named Best Play at the 2008 Evening Standard Awards.

Direct from a sold-out engagement at London’s National Theatre, this funny and fascinating new play by Tony Award winner Lee Hall (writer of Broadway’s mega-hit Billy Elliot) comes to Broadway with its entire original London cast intact. THE PITMEN PAINTERSis based on the triumphant true story of a group of British miners who discover a new way to express themselves and unexpectedly become art-world sensations! An arresting and hilarious salute to the power of individual expression and the collective spirit, THE PITMEN PAINTERStakes you on an unforgettable journey from the depths of the mine to the heights of fame.

THE PITMEN PAINTERS features scenic and costume design by Gary McCann, lighting design by Douglas Kuhrt, and sound design by Martin Hodgson.

The cast of THE PITMEN PAINTERS is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance of this production.

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 – $116.

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

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE FOR THE PITMEN PAINTERS:

Please note THE PITMEN PAINTERS is dark on Mondays:

  • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3: Tuesday at 7PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 7PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2PM.
  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 5 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28 (THANKSGIVING WEEK): Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 PM. Tuesday at 7 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Dark on Thursday.
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

 

Manhattan Theatre Club’s 2010-2011 Broadway season at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre will feature the American premiere of Lee Hall’s THE PITMEN PAINTERS, inspired by a book by William Feaver, and the world premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire’s GOOD PEOPLE. The Off-Broadway season will include the world premiere of Beau Willimon’s SPIRIT CONTROL, the New York premiere of Matthew Lopez’s THE WHIPPING MAN, and the world premiere of Alfred Uhry’s CARL’S SISTER, based on the book Apples and Oranges by Marie Brenner. A third Broadway production will be announced in the coming weeks.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past three decades, MTC productions have earned a total of 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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Follow MTC on Twitter: @MTC_NYC or on Facebook.

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S
THE PITMEN PAINTERS
FEATURED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

CLICK HERE TO READ THE STORY

 PREVIEWS TO BEGIN TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
FOR A THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 OPENING NIGHT

 

“A glorious instant classic that is tragic, funny and illuminating in one fell swoop of energy.”

Evening Standard

Manhattan Theatre Club’s (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) upcoming American premiere of Tony Award winner Lee Hall’s THE PITMEN PAINTERS is featured in the New York TimesClick here to read the story.

The play will begin previews on September 14, 2010 for a September 30 opening night at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

Manhattan Theatre Club, by special arrangement with Bob Boyett, will produce the Live Theatre, Newcastle/National Theatre of Great Britain’s co-production of THE PITMEN PAINTERS on Broadway.

The cast, who have been with the production since it premiered at Live Theatre in 2007, will include: Christopher Connel, Michael Hodgson, Ian Kelly, Brian Lonsdale, Lisa McGrillis, Deka Walmsley, David Whitaker and Phillippa Wilson.

Inspired by a book by William Feaver, and hailed by London critics as “a glorious instant classic” (Evening Standard), “a wonderful piece of theatre” (Financial Times) “a beautiful work of art that everybody should see” (The Times of London), and “a superb piece of work; warm, funny, sad, and thought-provoking” (The Daily Telegraph), the play tells the story of the Ashington Group – miners from Northumberland who became celebrated painters. THE PITMEN PAINTERS was named Best Play at the 2008 Evening Standard Awards.

Direct from a sold-out engagement at London’s National Theatre, this funny and fascinating new play by Tony Award winner Lee Hall (writer of Broadway’s mega-hit Billy Elliot) comes to Broadway with its entire original London cast intact. THE PITMEN PAINTERSis based on the triumphant true story of a group of British miners who discover a new way to express themselves and unexpectedly become art-world sensations! An arresting and hilarious salute to the power of individual expression and the collective spirit, THE PITMEN PAINTERStakes you on an unforgettable journey from the depths of the mine to the heights of fame.

THE PITMEN PAINTERS features scenic and costume design by Gary McCann, lighting design by Douglas Kuhrt, and sound design by Martin Hodgson.

The cast of THE PITMEN PAINTERS is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance of this production.

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 – $116.

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

Manhattan Theatre Club’s 2010-2011 Broadway season at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre will feature the American premiere of Lee Hall’s THE PITMEN PAINTERS, inspired by a book by William Feaver, and the world premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire’s GOOD PEOPLE. The Off-Broadway season will include the world premiere of Beau Willimon’s SPIRIT CONTROL, the New York premiere of Matthew Lopez’s THE WHIPPING MAN, and the world premiere of Alfred Uhry’s CARL’S SISTER, based on the book Apples and Oranges by Marie Brenner. A third Broadway production will be announced in the coming weeks.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past three decades, MTC productions have earned a total of 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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BOX OFFICE NOW OPEN
AT MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB'S
SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE

TICKETS ON SALE AT BOX OFFICE
FOR MTC'S UPCOMING BROADWAY PRODUCTIONS OF
THE PITMEN PAINTERS & GOOD PEOPLE

Get GOOD PEOPLE Tickets

The box office of Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) is now open for the 2010-2011 Broadway season. Single tickets to MTC's upcoming Broadway productions of THE PITMEN PAINTERS and GOOD PEOPLE are available for purchase at the box office.

Tickets for these productions are also on sale via Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200. UPDATE: Get GOOD PEOPLE Tickets

Single tickets to the MTC's 2010-2011 Off-Broadway productions of SPIRIT CONTROL, THE WHIPPING MAN, and CARL'S SISTER will go on sale starting Tuesday, September 7 at New York City Center - Stage I (131 West 55th Street) or at www.NYCityCenter.org or by calling Citytix(r) at (212) 581-1212.

Subscriptions to MTC's 2010-2011 season are currently available by calling (212) 399-3050, Monday - Friday, noon - 10 PM, Saturday 2 PM - 6 PM with a major credit card. Subscriptions are also available online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

Manhattan Theatre Club's 2010-2011 Broadway season at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre will feature the American premiere of Lee Hall's THE PITMEN PAINTERS, inspired by a book by William Feaver, and the world premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire's GOOD PEOPLE. The Off-Broadway season will include the world premiere of Beau Willimon's SPIRIT CONTROL, the New York premiere of Matthew Lopez's THE WHIPPING MAN, and the world premiere of Alfred Uhry's CARL'S SISTER, based on the book Apples and Oranges by Marie Brenner. A third Broadway production will be announced in the coming weeks.

In addition, Donald Margulies' Tony nominated play TIME STANDS STILL, which enjoyed a sold out run at MTC in the spring, will return to Broadway's Cort Theatre this fall.

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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MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB
ANNOUNCES FULL CASTING FOR
WORLD PREMIERE OF BEAU WILLIMON’S
SPIRIT CONTROL

DIRECTED BY HENRY WISHCAMPER 

PRODUCTION TO FEATURE 
JEREMY SISTO

WITH

MIA BARRON, CHARLES BORLAND,
AARON MICHAEL DAVIES, BRIAN HUTCHISON,
AND MAGGIE LACEY

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce full casting for the Manhattan Theatre Club world premiere production of Beau Willimon’s SPIRIT CONTROL, directed by Henry Wishcamper (Graceland, Port Authority).

The cast will feature 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”).

Previews for the limited engagement will begin Thursday, October 7 with an opening night of Tuesday, October 26 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

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, will be 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 and projection design by Aaron Rhyne.

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

Single tickets to SPIRIT CONTROL will be available beginning Tuesday, September 7.

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR SPIRIT CONTROL:

  • Tickets for SPIRIT CONTROL will be 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:

  • THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10: Thursday through Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 2PM and 7PM
  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 11 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 7PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28: Tuesday and Sunday at 7PM, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

MTC’s 2010-2011 Broadway season at the Samuel J. Friedman includes Lee Hall’s acclaimed play, THE PITMEN PAINTERS and the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire’s GOOD PEOPLE.  In addition to SPIRIT CONTROL, MTC’s complete Off-Broadway season at New York City Center – Stage I includes THE WHIPPING MAN, New York premiere by Matthew Lopez and directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes; and CARL’S SISTER, the world premiere of the new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Alfred Uhry, based on the book Apples and Oranges by Marie Brenner. The complete season will include a third Broadway production, to be announced.

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.’

BIOGRAPHIES

MIA BARRON (Maxine) is happy to be working on one of Beau’s plays again, after being in Farragut North at the Geffen (directed by Doug Hughes). Other recent theatre credits include David Auburn’s production of A Delicate Balance (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Ken Rus Schmoll’s production of What Once We Felt (Lincoln Center), and Nicholas Martin’s revival of The House of Blue Leaves (Mark Taper). Broadway: The Coast of Utopia, QED (Lincoln Center). Off-Broadway: The Pain and the Itch, The World Over, She Stoops to Comedy (Playwrights Horizons), Hillary (New Georges), Hardball, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty (SPF); 1001 (Page 73 Productions); The Grille Room, Sixteen Wounded (Cherry Lane); The Penetration Play (13P); as well as co-writing and performing the Off-Broadway production of Big Times directed by Leigh Silverman (WET). Regional credits include work at Williamstown, Humana Festival, Old Globe, Huntington, New York Stage and Film, Acting Company, Long Wharf, Westport Playhouse, Guthrie, among others. Television and film include: "Grey's Anatomy," “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Medium,” “The Sarah Silverman Program,” “Numb3rs,” 27 Dresses, Righteous Kill, as well as being the voice of Molotov on "Venture Brothers" (Cartoon Network). MFA from NYU.

CHARLES BORLAND (Bill). Broadway: A Man For All Seasons (Roundabout); Twelve Angry Men (National Tour, Roundabout); A Streetcar Named Desire (Roundabout). Off-Broadway: Twelfth Night (Shakespeare in the Park/Public Theater); A Shot In The Dark (MITF); Missing Celia Rose (SPF); Deathvariations (59E59); Lascivious Something (Cherry Lane); Dirty Story (LAByrinth); Out of Sterno (Cherry Lane). Regional: Richard II, Henry V (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Hamlet (Long Wharf); The Merchant of Venice (Portland Center Stage); Smash (The Old Globe). Television: “The Onion News Network,” “Law & Order: SVU,” "New Amsterdam," "Numb3rs," "Law & Order: CI," "Jonny Zero," "Whoopi," "Third Watch," "Ed," "Hack," "All My Children," "Guiding Light," "As The World Turns," "One Life To Live.” Film: Premium Rush (upcoming), Honored, Into The Fire. Training: The Juilliard School; London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

AARON MICHAEL DAVIES (Tommy Wyatt). It's been a long road from Stebens Children's Theatre in North Iowa, to NYU, to indie films, to two seasons of Teen.com's "Haute & Bothered," to Mimi Lieber's class, to the MTC stage, and Davies has loved every aching moment of it. He is incredibly grateful to Henry, Beau, and everyone at MTC for the experience. Thanks to Mom, Dad, Mike, Zach, FBI, Westville, Melcap and Eve for helping to make his dream a reality.

BRIAN HUTCHISON (Karl Jensen). Broadway: Looped, Exit the King, Proof, The Invention of Love. Off-Broadway: From Up Here (MTC); Oh, The Humanity... (Flea Theater); Mr. Marmalade (Roundabout); People Be Heard (Playwrights Horizons); Indoor/Outdoor (SPF, DR2 Theatre); The Hiding Place (Atlantic); Theophilus North, Can't Let Go (Keen Company); She Stoops to Conquer (Irish Rep). Regional theatre credits include: Of Mice and Men (Westport); The Front Page (Williamstown); The Unmentionables, Black Snow (Yale Rep); Burn This, The Rivals (Huntington); Barrington Stage, Old Globe. Film and TV: Love & Other Drugs, Dealbreaker, "The Good Wife," "Hope & Faith," "Law & Order: SVU," and "CI". MFA: Old Globe/USD.

MAGGIE LACEY (Jess Wyatt) made her Broadway debut as ‘Emily Webb’ in Our Town, directed by James Naughton and starring Paul Newman. Other Broadway credits include the Broadway revival of Inherit The Wind directed by Doug Hughes with Christopher Plummer and Brian Dennehy and most recently Dividing The Estate directed by Michael Wilson. Her work Off-Broadway includes the multi-award winning theatrical event Horton Foote’s The Orphans Home Cycle at Signature Theatre directed by Michael Wilson, Dividing The Estate at Primary Stages, Big Times which she co-wrote with Mia Barron and Danielle Skraastad and which was directed by Leigh Silverman, the Obie-winning Engaged at Theatre for a New Audience directed by Doug Hughes, Andorra also at TFANA directed by Liviu Ciulei, The Bald Soprano at the Atlantic and Three-Cornered Moon with Keen Co. both directed by Carl Forsman, and The Butterfly Collection at Playwrights Horizons, directed by Bartlett Sher. Her work on television includes the movie of “Our Town” for both Showtime and PBS, “Army Wives,” “Law & Order,” “All My Children” and “Sex and the City.”  On film she appears opposite Uma Thurman in Vadim Perlman's The Life Before her Eyes. Lacey earned her MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program.

JEREMY SISTO (Adam Wyatt) Sisto made his Broadway debut in the play Festen, a stage adaptation of Thomas Vintenberg's film The Celebration. His other stage credits include Robert Fall’s production of Bertolt Brecht’s Galileo with Brian Dennehy,  Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out at The Geffen Playhouse, (the role earned him a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award), Sidney Kingsley's Dead End at The Ahmanson Theater, and the one-man show Sanguine at Los Angeles’ Second Stage.  In Television, Sisto was part of the esteemed cast of Alan Ball’s award-winning drama series “Six Feet Under” on HBO and recently starred on the NBC series “Law and Order.”  Sisto starred in the title roles of two widely viewed miniseries, “Jesus” with Gary Oldman and “Julius Caesar” with Christopher Walken and Richard Harris. His partial film credits include Catherine Hardwicke’s Thirteen with Holly Hunter and Evan Rachel Wood, Adrienne Shelly’s Waitress with Keri Russell, Suicide Kings with Christopher Walken, Larry Kasdan’s Grand Canyon with Kevin Kline and Steve Martin,  Amy Heckerling’s Clueless, Ridley Scott’s White Squall with Jeff Bridges, Moonlight and Valentino with Gwenyth Paltrow, and Robert Towne’s Without Limits with Billy Crudup. His upcoming projects include Smuggler films Break Point, a dramedy set in the world of professional doubles tennis, which he has developed with writer Gene Hong. 

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