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Monday, November 06, 2017

'THE PORTUGUESE KID' EXTENDED AT NY CITY CENTER

The Portuguese Kid




Manhattan Theatre Club is pleased to announce a second extension week for its world premiere production of The Portuguese Kid, the new play written and directed by Tony, Pulitzer Prize, and Academy Award winner John Patrick Shanley, at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street). The production will now play through Sunday, December 10; tickets for the extension will go on sale today at noon.



The Portuguese Kid, which opened October 24, stars Tony Award winner Jason Alexander (six-time Emmy Award nominee for “Seinfeld,” Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Merrily We Roll Along), Pico Alexander (Punk Rock, What I Did Last Summer, Home Again), Aimee Carrero ("Young & Hungry," "Elena of Avalor," and the upcoming “American Horror Story”), three-time Tony Award nominee Sherie Rene Scott (The Front Page, Whorl Inside a Loop, Everyday Rapture) and two time Tony nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Mary Testa (The Government Inspector, First Daughter Suite, Queen of the Mist). Performances began on September 19.



The critics said:



“The Portuguese Kid is the funniest new comedy I’ve reviewed since…well, maybe ever. The entire cast is dead-solid perfect, and Mr. Shanley, one of the few playwrights of note who can be trusted to direct his own work, does so to ideal effect. To laugh this hard for that long is downright therapeutic.” – Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal



“Uproarious! Deliciously funny and wildly entertaining, with whip-smart, crackling banter and a cast full of scene-stealing actors.”Isabella Biedenharn, Entertainment Weekly



“Thanks to a first-class production, this one’s a hoot! You will laugh – of that I have no doubt.” Roma Torre, NY1



In Providence, Rhode Island, habitually widowed Atalanta (Sherie Rene Scott) pays a visit to her second-rate lawyer Barry Dragonetti (Jason Alexander). Intending to settle her latest husband's affairs, this larger-than-life Greek tightwad quickly becomes a nightmare for her cheesy, self-aggrandizing attorney. Add Barry's impossible Croatian mother (Mary Testa), a dash of current politics and a couple of opportunistic young lovers, and you have in hand a recipe for comic combustion.



This feisty romantic comedy could only come from John Patrick Shanley, the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the MTC hits Doubt and Outside Mullingar, and the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Moonstruck.



The Portuguese Kid marks MTC’s 12th collaboration with Shanley, a partnership that spans over three decades.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

THE MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB PRESENTS 'ACTUALLY'


Actually




Manhattan Theatre Club’s New York premiere of Actually, the new play by Anna Ziegler (The Last Match, Photograph 51), directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz (Pipeline) and presented in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival, Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director, began performances yesterday – Tuesday, October 31 – at The Studio at Stage II – The Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series. Opening night is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14.



Joshua Boone (Holler If Ya Hear Me, Mother Courage & Her Children at CSC, Fan Girl) and Alexandra Socha (Amazon’s “Red Oaks”, Fun Home, Spring Awakening) will reprise their roles from the play’s acclaimed Williamstown production this past summer.



At a raucous party during their freshman year at Princeton, Tom (Joshua Boone) and Amber (Alexandra Socha) connect in ways that seem innocent enough at first. But as things progress, they find themselves in murky territory, with ramifications that could affect the rest of their lives. What actually happened between them? Tackling the highly charged topic of sexual consent, this hit production direct from Williamstown Theatre Festival explores the intersection of gender and race on campus today, offering “a portrait of a generation” (The Boston Globe). This deeply felt, funny and thought-provoking play comes from fast-rising playwright Anna Ziegler (Photograph 51) and is directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz (Pipeline).



The co-world premiere of Actually was produced by Geffen Playhouse and Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2017.



The creative team for Actually is Adam Rigg (scenic design), Paloma Young (costume design), Yi Zhao (lighting design), and Jane Shaw (sound design).



Manhattan Theatre Club, under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past four and a half decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including six Pulitzer Prizes and 23 Tony Awards. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and two Off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include Prince of Broadway; Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes; August Wilson’s Jitney; Heisenberg by Simon Stephens; The Father by Florian Zeller with translation by Christopher Hampton; Fool For Love by Sam Shepard; Airline Highway by Lisa D’Amour; Casa Valentina by Harvey Fierstein; Outside Mullingar and Doubt by John Patrick Shanley; The Commons of Pensacola by Amanda Peet; Murder Ballad by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash; Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney; The Assembled Parties by Richard Greenberg; Wit by Margaret Edson; Venus in Fur by David Ives; Good People and Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire; The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez; Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies; Ruined by Lynn Nottage; Proof by David Auburn; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife by Charles Busch; Love! Valour! Compassion! by Terrence McNally; The Piano Lesson by August Wilson; Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley; and Ain’t Misbehavin’, the Fats Waller musical. For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.



The Studio at Stage II is Manhattan Theatre Club’s initiative at New York City Center – Stage II (131 West 55th Street). The initiative launched in 2012 with the sold out, critically acclaimed world premiere of Murder Ballad, the rock musical by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash and has continued with the critically acclaimed premieres of Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Taking Care of Baby by Dennis Kelly, The Lion by Benjamin Scheuer, By The Water by Sharyn Rothstein, Heisenberg by Simon Stephens, Important Hats of the Twentieth Century by Nick Jones, The Ruins of Civilization by Penelope Skinner, and Sell/Buy/Date by Sarah Jones.



The Studio at Stage II has been partially underwritten with a major grant from The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.



TICKETING INFORMATION



Tickets for Actually can be purchased online at www.nycitycenter.org, by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212, or by visiting the New York City Center box office (131 West 55th Street). New and renewing subscribers can join MTC’s 2017-2018 season by calling The MTC Clubline at 212-399-3050. For more information, please visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com.



In order to ensure that tickets to Actually are affordable to the widest and most diverse audiences possible, MTC will price all tickets during the show’s initial five-week run at $30.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

MTC PRESENTS LILLIAN HERMAN'S 'THE LITTLE FOXES'

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ON BROADWAY
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Cynthia Nixon



Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce full casting for Manhattan Theatre Club’s new Broadway production of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes, which begins rehearsals today under the direction of Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan.



As previously announced, Laura Linney (Time Stands Still, Sight Unseen) and Cynthia Nixon (Rabbit Hole, Wit), will alternate playing the roles of Regina and Birdie, appearing opposite each other at every performance.



Linney and Nixon are joined by Darren Goldstein (The Madrid at MTC, “The Affair"), Michael McKean (All The Way, “Better Call Saul”), Richard Thomas (An Enemy of the People at MTC, “The Americans”), David Alford (Broadway debut, “Nashville”), Michael Benz (The Importance of Being Earnest in the West End, “Downton Abbey”), Caroline Stefanie Clay (Doubt, The Royal Family at MTC), Lyla Porter-Follows (Broadway debut, Netflix’s “Frontier”), and Charles Turner (The Trip to Bountiful, Orphans Home Cycle).



The limited engagement of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes will begin previews on Wednesday, March 29 and open Wednesday, April 19 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

Laura Linney




Two extraordinary actresses return to Manhattan Theatre Club in a vibrant new production of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes. In a thrilling coup, MTC will present three-time Tony Award nominee Laura Linney (Time Stands Still, Sight Unseen) and Tony winner Cynthia Nixon (Rabbit Hole, Wit), who will alternate playing the roles of Regina and Birdie, appearing opposite each other at each performance. Lillian Hellman’s legendary play about greed and ambition is set in Alabama in 1900, and follows Regina Giddens and her ruthless clan, including her sister-in-law Birdie, as they clash in often brutal ways in an effort to strike the deal of their lives. Far from a sentimental look at a bygone era, the play has a surprisingly timely resonance with important issues facing our country today. Tony winner Daniel Sullivan (Proof, Rabbit Hole) will direct.



Sullivan, a frequent MTC collaborator, has directed Linney to Tony nominations in both MTC’s Broadway premiere of Sight Unseen and MTC’s New York premiere of Time Stands Still. Sullivan directed Nixon to a Tony Award in MTC’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Rabbit Hole.



The creative team for Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes includes: Scott Pask (scenic design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Justin Townsend (lighting design), Fitz Patton (sound design), Tom Watson (hair and wig design), Tommy Kurzman (make-up design), Thomas Schall (fight director), Deborah Hecht (dialect coach).



The schedule for Linney and Nixon alternating in the two roles will be announced shortly.



TICKETING INFORMATION 


Tickets are available to purchase by calling 212-239-6200 or visiting www.Telecharge.com, or by visiting the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street). Ticket prices are $70-$150.



PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE


Note: The schedule for Linney and Nixon alternating in the two roles of Regina Hubbard Giddens and Birdie Hubbard will be announced at a later date.

· WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29 – SUNDAY, APRIL 2 (6 PERFORMANCES): Wednesday and Sunday at 7 PM; Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinee on Sunday at 2 PM. There will be no Saturday matinee this week.

· MONDAY, APRIL 3 – SUNDAY, APRIL 9 (7 PERFORMANCES): Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday at 7 PM; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 PM. Matinee on Sunday at 2 PM. There will be no Saturday matinee this week.

· MONDAY, APRIL 10 – SUNDAY, APRIL 16: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM; Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

· MONDAY, APRIL 17 – SUNDAY, APRIL 23 (WEEK OF OPENING): Tuesday and Sunday at 7 PM; Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. The Wednesday, April 19 opening night curtain time will be announced at a later date.

· MONDAY, APRIL 24 – SUNDAY, APRIL 30: Tuesday at 7 PM; Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. There are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.

· MONDAY, MAY 1 – SUNDAY, JUNE 18: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM; Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.



BIOGRAPHIES:


LILLIAN HELLMAN (Playwright) was born in New Orleans, grew up in New Orleans and New York City, and attended New York University and Columbia. Her career as a playwright began in 1934 with The Children’s Hour, the first of several plays that would bring her international attention and praise; among them The Little Foxes, Watch On The Rhine, Another Part Of The Forest, The Autumn Garden, and Toys In The Attic. Hellman was twice the recipient of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for the Best Play (for Watch On The Rhine and Toys In The Attic). She was also awarded the Gold Medal for Drama from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. In 1972, a definitive edition of all her work for the theatre was published as The Collected Plays. Hellman received the National Book Award for An Unfinished Woman in 1969. She subsequently wrote two additional volumes of autobiography, Pentimento, and Scoundrel Time. In the decades before her death in 1984, Hellman divided her time between New York and Martha’s Vineyard.



DANIEL SULLIVAN is currently directing If I Forget at Roundabout and most recently directed Sylvia on Broadway. His previous productions for Manhattan Theatre Club on Broadway include The Country House, The Snow Geese, The Columnist, Good People, Time Stands Still, Accent on Youth, Rabbit Hole, After the Night and the Music, Brooklyn Boy, Sight Unseen, and Proof. Sullivan’s other Broadway credits include Glengarry Glen Ross, Orphans, The Merchant of Venice, The Homecoming, Prelude to a Kiss, Julius Caesar, I’m Not Rappaport, Morning’s at Seven, the 2000 production of A Moon for the Misbegotten, Ah, Wilderness!, The Sisters Rosensweig, Conversations with my Father, and The Heidi Chronicles. Among his Off-Broadway credits are Lost Lake (MTC), In Real Life (MTC), Third, Ten Unknowns, The Night Watcher, Intimate Apparel, Far East, Spinning into Butter, Dinner with Friends, Stuff Happens, and The Substance of Fire. For NYSF, Sullivan directed Cymbeline, King Lear, Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, All’s Well That Ends Well, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Stuff Happens and The Merry Wives of Windsor. 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.



LAURA LINNEY (alternating in the roles of Regina and Birdie) is an American actress who works in film, television and theatre.



Linney can most recently be seen in The Dinner, directed by Oren Moverman with Richard Gere, Steve Coogan, and Rebecca Hall. The Dinner premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 10 and will premiere in the U.S. on May 5. She will also be seen in “Ozark,” a Netflix original series where she plays Wendy Byrde opposite Jason Bateman and Julia Garner, slated to debut in 2017.



Her recent film work includes Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, where she played Anne Sutton – Amy Adams’ mother. While Linney’s performance lasts only three minutes and 15 seconds, it was deemed “a one-scene wonder” by Entertainment Weekly. Other recent film credits include Sully, Genius, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, You Can Count On Me, Kinsey, The Savages, The Fifth Estate, Hyde Park On Hudson, The Squid And The Whale, Mystic River, Absolute Power, The Truman Show, Primal Fear, The Mothman Prophecies, Love Actually, P.S., The House Of Mirth, The Details, and Congo, among many others.



Linney starred in and produced the Showtime Series “The Big C” for four seasons for which she won a few awards. She also won multiple awards for her portrayal of Abigail Adams in the HBO miniseries “John Adams” directed by Tom Hooper. Early in her career, she starred as Mary Ann Singleton in Armistead Maupin’s “Tales Of The City” series, a job for which she continues to be most grateful and proud. She appeared as Kelsey Grammer’s final girlfriend in the last six episodes of “Frasier,” was directed by Stanley Donen in “Love Letters,” and starred opposite Joanne Woodward in “Blind Spot.”



She has also appeared in many Broadway productions, most notably Time Stands Still and Sight Unseen, both directed by Daniel Sullivan and written by Donald Margulies. Additional credits include Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, directed by Richard Eyre opposite Liam Neeson; Six Degrees of Separation; Honour; Uncle Vanya; Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Holiday; and The Seagull.



Linney has been nominated three times for an Academy Award, three times for a Tony Award, once for a BAFTA Award, and five times for a Golden Globe. She has won a SAG Award, one National Board of Review Award, two Golden Globes, and four Emmy Awards. She holds two honorary doctorates from her alma maters, Brown University and The Julliard School.



CYNTHIA NIXON (alternating in the roles of Regina and Birdie), Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award-winner, made her film debut at 12 in Little Darlings, and her Broadway debut at 14 in The Philadelphia Story, for which she won a Theatre World Award.



She was last seen starring in the film adaptation of Bill O’Reilly’s book Killing Reagan for National Geographic Channel, which premiered in October 2016. Nixon plays First Lady Nancy Reagan opposite Tim Matheson as President Ronald Reagan. Nixon’s performance earned her a Critics’ Choice Award nomination.

In April 2017, she will be seen in Terence Davies’ Emily Dickinson biopic A Quiet Passion, where she stars as the legendary reclusive poet herself. The film had its world debut at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival, for which she garnered critical acclaim for her role. Richard Brody from The New Yorker stated that “while the entire cast moves and speaks with a sense of inner purpose, Nixon’s performance is special,” adding that he would “eat the pixels” if she is not nominated next awards season for this performance. The film had its North American premiere at The Toronto International Film Festival and its UK premiere at The London Film Festival.



Nixon recently wrapped production of Stephen Moyer’s film The Parting Glass opposite Anna Paquin, Ed Asner, Rhys Ifans, Melissa Leo and Dennis O’Hare. The dark comedy follows a family reeling with their sister’s death. In embarking on a journey to collect the remnants of her life, the family members delve into past memories to piece together a portrait of the woman they lost.



On television, Nixon recently guest-starred on Showtime’s hit “The Affair” opposite Dominic West and Maura Tierney, as well as in the third season of Comedy Central’s hit show “Broad City,” alongside stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, in the season’s most standout episode, as it also featured presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.



In November 2015, Nixon co-starred in Josh Mond's James White opposite Christopher Abbott, a film that won The Best of Next Audience Award at Sundance 2015 and earned Nixon an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her portrayal as a mother dying of cancer. In his review for The New York Times, Stephen Holden stated that, “Ms. Nixon gives one of the year’s most heart-rending screen performances.” Other recent film credits include Pamala Romanowsky’s The Adderall Diaries, opposite James Franco, and Richard Loncraine’s 5 Flights Up, opposite Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton.



Nixon also starred in Nikole Beckwith’s Stockholm, Pennsylvania, a drama bought by Lifetime out of Sundance in 2014. For this project, Cynthia received a Critics’ Choice Television Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Limited Series.


Last year, Nixon had a run of simultaneously directing two New York City plays. The first was New Group’s Steve, which made its world premiere in late November, starring Mario Cantone. Steve, follows Steven, a failed Broadway chorus boy turned stay-at-home dad. The other show was MotherStruck!, a one woman play starring Staceyann Chin at The Culture Project. MotherStruck! set forth Chin’s personal journey to motherhood as a single gay woman with limited resources who was herself abandoned at birth by both of her parents. 


In Fall 2014 she appeared on Broadway in Sam Gold's production of The Real Thing playing the mother of the character she created on Broadway thirty years ago. In Winter 2014, Cynthia made her directorial debut at The New Group with Joel Johnson's Rasheeda Speaking at The New Group. Rasheeda Speaking received Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations and cast member Tonya Pinkins won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play and Musical. Rasheeda Speaking was chosen to be broadcast on Channel Thirteen as part of their Theatre Close Up series.


In 1984 she famously juggled two roles on Broadway - in the first act of David Rabe's Hurlyburly and in the second act of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, both directed by Mike Nichols. Also around that time, she appeared as Mozart's terrified maid-turned-informant in the Oscar-winning film Amadeus.


Nixon has appeared in plays and films by such varied and distinguished directors as Sidney Lumet, Alan J Pakula, Milos Forman and Robert Altman. Beginning in 1998, Cynthia starred as Miranda Hobbes in HBO's celebrated series “Sex And The City,” a role that garnered her the first of her two Emmy Awards. She then went on to co-star in the two wildly successful “Sex And The City” films.


Nixon earned her first of her three Tony Award nominations for her work in Indiscretions in 1995. She has appeared in over 40 plays, 10 on Broadway. Roles include Harper in Tony Kushner's Angels in America, Mary Haines in the Roundabout's revival of The Women (directed by Scott Elliott) and Becca in David Lindsay-Abaire's Rabbit Hole, for which she won a Tony Award. In 2012 she played John Donne scholar Vivian Bearing in Margaret Edson's Wit, for which she was again Tony-nominated. Cynthia was awarded the 2009 Best Spoken Word Grammy for her recording of Al Gore's “An Inconvenient Truth.”


Nixon currently resides in New York City, with her wife, Christine Marinoni. They have three children: Sam, Charlie and Max.



DARREN GOLDSTEIN (Oscar). Broadway: Bloody, Bloody, Andrew Jackson. Off-Broadway: The Madrid (Manhattan Theatre Club); Rasheeda Speaking, The Good Mother, Abigail's Party for which he received a Lortel nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, Mouth to Mouth, Terrorism (all at The New Group); Oohrah! (Atlantic Theater); Mary Rose (The Vineyard); Gutenberg! The Musical (Actor's Playhouse); An Upset (EST '08 Marathon); and Creature (New Georges/P73 Prod.); Bad Jazz (Play Company). Regional: The Forgotten Woman (Bay Street. Theater), Beyond Therapy (Williamstown/Bay Street Theatre). Film: The Girl on the Train, Limitless, All is Bright. Television: Oscar Hodges on “The Affair,” “American Odyssey,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Nurse Jackie,” "Blue Bloods," "Damages,” “Person of Interest." MFA from NYU's Graduate Acting Program.



MICHAEL McKEAN (Ben) is a multitalented actor, writer, and director associated with some of pop culture’s most iconic films and television shows of the last three decades. He has appeared in hundreds of movies and television shows.



McKean studied acting at Carnegie Mellon University and at NYU (with Olympia Dukakis) before heading out to LA, where he joined Harry Shearer and David L. Lander in the satirical squad the Credibility Gap. In 1976, McKean and Lander became notorious as Lenny and Squiggy of the TV series “Laverne & Shirley.”



McKean’s film credits include Steven Spielberg’s 1941, Used Cars, Young Doctors in Love, and Rob Reiner’s This is Spinal Tap, on which McKean shared starring,​screenwriting, and composing credits. Other films include: Clue, Light of Day, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Coneheads, The Brady Bunch Movie, Jack, True Crime, and about 70 others, including Christopher Guest’s The Big Picture (also co-wrote), Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration, Whatever Works, and The Meddler.



McKean has appeared as a series ​regular on “Saturday Night Live,” “Dream On,” “Sessions,” “Family Tree,” “​Tracey Takes On,” Martin Short’s “Primetime Glick,” “Family Tree,” and currently on “Better Call Saul” (AMC).



His many television guest appearances include: “Friends,” “Murphy Brown,” “The Simpsons,” “The X-Files,” “Law & Order,” “Smallville,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Unit,” “Off the Map,” “Homeland,” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and many others.​



In 1999, McKean had the good sense to marry actress Annette O’Toole, with whom he wrote the Oscar-nominated song, “A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow” for A Mighty Wind. He also collaborated with Guest and Eugene Levy on the title song (“A Mighty Wind”) of the eponymous film, which won a Grammy Award.



McKean made his Broadway debut in 1990 with Rupert Holmes’ Accomplice, which netted him a Theater World Award. After this, McKean made his Broadway musical debut in Hairspray, followed by Woody Allen’s original stage production A Secondhand Memory, and a Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Tom Stoppard’s On the Razzle. McKean then appeared in the successful Broadway revival of The Pajama Game before starring on London’s West End in a new comedy, Love Song. McKean originated​ the role of Arthur Przybyszewski in Tracy Letts’ Superior Donuts at Chicago’s famed Steppenwolf Theatre and he later went on to Broadway. McKean starred in the Barrow Street Theatre production of Our Town; Randy Newman's musical Harps and Angels at LA’s Mark Taper Forum; and Yes, Prime Minister at L.A.’s Geffen Playhouse.



Most recently, McKean starred on Broadway in Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, and appeared in the Tony Award–winning Broadway production of All the Way with Bryan Cranston, and the L.A. production of Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts I, II & III. ​



For the past two seasons, Michael has explored age-old adages, fascinating food mysteries, and myths baked inside everything we eat as the host of Cooking Channel's “Food: Fact or Fiction?” as well as starting work on Season 3 of “Better Call Saul.”



RICHARD THOMAS (Horace) entered the public’s heart starring in “The Waltons,” for which he won an Emmy Award for Best Actor in a dramatic series.



His stage career began in 1958’s Sunrise at Campobello, on Broadway and has continued with such shows as Fifth of July, The Seagull, The Front Page, Tiny Alice, Peer Gynt, Richard II, Richard III, Hamlet, and The Stendhal Syndrome. Recent credits include the Broadway production of David Mamet's Race, the Public Theater’s production of Timon of Athens, Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, the MTC Broadway revival of An Enemy of the People, the Broadway revival of You Can’t Take It with You, and the Signature Theatre’s production of Incident at Vichy, for which he received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play.



Most recently, Thomas was seen on the first four seasons of the hit FX series “The Americans.” His other starring performances on series were on "Just Cause," "It's a Miracle," and the British series, "Swiss Family Robinson."



Thomas’s film credits include “The Wonder Boys,” “Battle Beyond the Stars,” “The Todd Killings,” “Last Summer,” “Winning,” "Red Sky at Morning," “Taking Woodstock,” and “Anesthesia.”



DAVID ALFORD (Mr. Marshall) attended Austin Peay State University and the Juilliard School for Drama. For the last four seasons he has appeared in the recurring role of Bucky Dawes in the ABC Television series “Nashville.” Other screen credits include The Second Chance, The Last Castle, “A Death in the Family,” Blue Like Jazz, and Stoker. Recent stage credits include Othello (for Arkansas Shakespeare, which he also directed), God Of Carnage, and the title role in the regional premiere of David Auburn’s The Columnist (both for Tennessee Rep), and A Christmas Memory. Most recently he played Billy in the workshop production of Donald Margulies’ Long Lost, directed by Daniel Sullivan at the Illinois Theatre.



Other projects include writing and directing the plays Spirit: The Authentic Story of the Bell Witch of Tennessee, his musical Smoke, and the documentary theatre piece Boycott: Pulaski, Tennessee and the Legacy of the Ku Klux Klan. Screenwriting credits include On Music Row (MTV Networks), and the independent releases Prisoner, Adrenaline, and Deadbox.



David has directed for numerous organizations such as The Arkansas Shakespeare Festival, The Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, and others. He and his wife Kahle now split their time living and working in Nashville and New York City.



MICHAEL BENZ (Leo) Broadway debut. West End credits include The Importance of Being Earnest with David Suchet, The Tempest with Ralph Fiennes, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. London and regional credits include the title role in Hamlet (Shakespeare’s Globe), Twelfth Night (Sheffield Theatre/ETT), As You Like It, and The Winter's Tale (Shakespeare's Globe), and Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company). Television and film credits include “Downton Abbey” (ITV/PBS), “Time After Time” (ABC), Oliver Stone’s Snowden, and The Wife with Glenn Close. He is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London.



CAROLINE STEFANIE CLAY (Addie). MTC: The Little Foxes; The Royal Family; Doubt; Come Back, Little Sheba; and Drowning Crow. Broadway and Off-Broadway: Doubt (Broadway and the National Tour) Winner of Helen Hayes: Best Supporting Actress 2007, Signature Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Atlantic Theatre Regional: La Jolla, Yale Rep, McCarter, Goodman, Long Wharf Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Folger Theatre. Film and television: “Law & Order” (“SVU” and “Criminal Intent”), “House of Cards,” “The Knick,” Morning Glory, and The Heights.



LYLA PORTER-FOLLOWS (Alexandra) was born into a family of actors, writers, and directors. Her mother is well known actor Megan Follows and her father is cinematographer Christopher Porter. Lyla grew up acting with her family in the film Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story starring her mother and on stage in The Originals written by her aunt, directed by her uncle, and starring her grandparents Dawn Greenhalgh and Ted Follows. This lineage, and these early experiences instilled in her a natural inclination towards performance and creation. After modeling for Elite in L.A. from the age of 14 to 17, Lyla decided to attend Vassar, from which she recently graduated with honors. While at Vassar, Lyla co-founded the Britomartis Devised Theatre Ensemble where she performed in, wrote and directed six original plays. She acted in productions such as: Jean Genet’s The Maids (Solange); Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie (Laura); Henrik Ibsen’s Little Eyolf (Rita) and David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow (Karen). Well traveled and having studied abroad, Lyla speaks conversational French and is fluent in Spanish. She has studied modern dance and enjoys teaching scene work, dance, and improvisation to middle and high school aged kids. Following in the footsteps of her family, and currently based in L.A., Lyla is now working in film and television. Returning to the highly-anticipated adventure drama, “Frontier,” from the Discovery Network and Netflix; Lyla also recurs on The CW’s hit “Reign;” and will be seen in the upcoming controversial series from Global, “Mary Kills People.” Lyla is currently shooting the second season of “Frontier,” on location in St. John’s Newfoundland.



CHARLES TURNER (Cal). A native of Harlem and the Bronx, is appearing in his tenth Broadway show. Most recently, he was understudy to James Earl Jones in The Gin Game and You Can't Take it With You. Others include The Trip to Bountiful; Dividing the Estate (Michael Wilson, Director), On Golden Pond with Leslie Uggams; Twelfth Night (LCT). Off-Broadway: Played The Man opposite Marian Seldes in The Play About the Baby; The epic H. Foote's, Orphans Home Cycle (Signature) - Drama Desk Award). Regional and Abroad: King Lear(Yale Rep); Fences (Long Wharf); The Oedipus Plays (DC Shakespeare and Athens Festival/ Michael Kahn, Director). He has directed at the NYSF, Long Wharf and headed the SUNY -Old Westbury Theatre Dept , taught on faculty at NYU Tisch and has done his one man show on Frederick Douglas and Scott Joplin in Europe. On television: “The Dave Chapelle Show,” “Law & Order” and recently on “Madame Secretary.” He has an MFA from Yale School of Drama, studied at RADA and dedicates work to sisters Deborah and Nancy and Mary Tahmin. Happy to be working with Lynne and Dan again. 


Tuesday, March 03, 2015

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB WILL PRESENT 'HEISENBERG'

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COMING TO BROADWAY
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Mary-Louise Parker



Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce Manhattan Theatre Club will produce the world premiere of Heisenberg, the new play by two-time Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Harper Regan), directed by Drama Desk Award winner Mark Brokaw (The Lyons, How I Learned to Drive) starring Tony and Emmy Award winner Mary-Louise Parker (Proof, “Weeds”) and Emmy Award nominee Kenneth Welsh (Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune at MTC, The Aviator).



The strictly limited 6-week engagement for Heisenberg will begin previews on Tuesday, May 19 and open Wednesday, June 3 as part of MTC’s 2014-2015 season of The Studio at Stage II – Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series at New York City Center – Stage II (131 West 55th Street).



“Is this the strangest thing that two people have ever done in the history of the world?”


Amidst the bustle of a crowded London train station, Clare spots Alex, a much older man, and plants a kiss on his neck. This electric encounter thrusts these two strangers into a fascinating and life-changing game. Directed by Drama Desk Award winner Mark Brokaw (The Lyons, How I Learned to Drive), Heisenberg brings to blazing, theatrical life the uncertain and often comical sparring match that is human connection.



Internationally renowned for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, visionary playwright Simon Stephens returns to the New York stage with this sharply original world premiere starring Tony and Emmy winner Mary-Louise Parker (Proof, “Weeds") and Emmy nominee Kenneth Welsh (Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, The Aviator).



Heisenberg was commissioned by Manhattan Theatre Club.



In order to ensure that tickets to Heisenberg are affordable to the widest and most diverse audiences possible, MTC is pricing all tickets during the first five weeks of the run at $30, and week six at $75. Tickets will go on sale to MTC Patrons, Subscribers and Members of 30 under 30 on April 7th and to the general public starting Wednesday, April 22 via CityTix® (212-581-1212), www.nycitycenter.org and at the New York City Center Box Office.



For additional details on Heisenberg and all MTC shows, visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com.




The creative team for Heisenberg includes Mark Wendland (scenic design), Michael Krass (costume design), Donald Holder (lighting design), and David Van Tieghem (original music & sound design).




Manhattan Theatre Club, under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past four and a half decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including six Pulitzer Prizes and 19 Tony Awards. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and two Off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include Constellations; Casa Valentina; Outside Mullingar; The Assembled Parties; Venus in Fur; Master Class; Good People; The Whipping Man; Time Stands Still; The Royal Family; Ruined; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; 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.’


The Studio at Stage II is Manhattan Theatre Club’s initiative at New York City Center – Stage II (131 West 55th Street). The initiative launched in 2012 with the sold out, critically acclaimed world premiere of Murder Ballad, the rock musical by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash and has continued with the critically acclaimed premieres of Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Taking Care of Baby by Dennis Kelly, The Lion by Benjamin Scheuer, and By The Water by Sharyn Rothstein.



The Studio at Stage II has been partially underwritten with a major grant from The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.



TICKETING INFORMATION


In order to ensure that tickets to Heisenberg are affordable to the widest and most diverse audiences possible, MTC is pricing all tickets during the first five weeks of the run at $30. Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Wednesday, April 22 via CityTix® (212-581-1212), www.nycitycenter.org and at the New York City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street).


Friday, December 05, 2014

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB ANNOUNCES 2015-2016

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COMING TO THE GREAT WHITE WAY
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Nina Arianda




ON BROADWAY AT MTC’S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE

Fool for Love

Broadway Premiere of Sam Shepard’s Acclaimed Play

Directed by Daniel Aukin

Starring Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell

Presented in Association with Williamstown Theatre Festival



Previews Begin: Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Opening Night: Thursday, October 8, 2015



Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Beaten down by ill-fated love and a ruthless struggle for identity, can they ultimately live with, or without, each other? Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC; 4,000 Miles), Tony Award winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.



Fool for Love is presented in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival (Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director).



Additional casting and creative team for Fool for Love will be announced in the coming weeks.



MTC AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE I

Ripcord

World Premiere Comedy by David Lindsay-Abaire

Directed by David Hyde Pierce

Starring Marylouise Burke and Mary Louise Wilson



Previews Begin: Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Opening Night: Tuesday, October 20, 2015



David Lindsay-Abaire, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Rabbit Hole, Fuddy Meers, and Good People, returns to MTC with Ripcord, a high-stakes comedy about two women of a certain age locked in a no-holds-barred battle to the death directed by Tony and Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce.



A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Assisted Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby (Tony Award winner Mary Louise Wilson) is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn (frequent Lindsay-Abaire collaborator and Drama Desk Award winner Marylouise Burke), she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the old women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden. As heartfelt as it is deliciously inappropriate, this hilarious world premiere marks the author’s sixth collaboration with MTC.



Ripcord was commissioned by MTC through the Bank of America New American Play Program.



Additional casting and creative team for Ripcord 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 four and a half decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including six Pulitzer Prizes and 19 Tony Awards. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and two Off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include Casa Valentina; Outside Mullingar; The Assembled Parties; Venus in Fur; Master Class; Good People; The Whipping Man; Time Stands Still; The Royal Family; Ruined; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; 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


To find out more about subscribing to Manhattan Theatre Club, call the Clubline at (212) 399-3050.

Single ticket information and other listings information for MTC’s 2015-2016 season will be announced at a later date.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

JAKE GYLLENHAAL IN BROADWAYS CONSTELLATIONS

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THE GREAT WHITE WAY
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Jake Gyllenhaal



Rehearsals have started for the American premiere of Constellations, the acclaimed new play by Nick Payne, directed by Michael Longhurst, starring Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler, Brokeback Mountain) and two-time Olivier Award winner Ruth Wilson (BBC’s and PBS’ Emmy nominated “Luther,” Showtime’s “The Affair”).



This strictly limited 13-week engagement will begin previews Tuesday, December 16, 2014 for a Tuesday, January 13, 2015 opening night at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).



Constellations is presented by Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) and the Royal Court Theatre, by special arrangement with Ambassador Theatre Group and the Dodgers.



Production support for Constellations is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of the MTC/Sloan Science Theatre Initiative. For more information on the foundation, visit: www.sloan.org




This mind-bending, romantic journey begins with a simple encounter between a man and a woman (Gyllenhaal and Wilson). But what happens next defies the boundaries of the world we think we know – delving into the infinite possibilities of their relationship and raising questions about the difference between choice and destiny.



When Nick Payne’s Constellations opened at the Royal Court’s Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in January 2012 under the direction of Michael Longhurst, it was hailed by London and New York critics. The Daily Telegraph called it “playful, intelligent, and bursting with ideas with a powerful undertow of emotion” and The Independent declared it “dazzling, exhilarating, and extraordinary.” The New York Times said “This superb play gets into your head and under your skin,” and The New Yorker said “Constellations is at once eloquent, mysterious, witty, and brilliant.” The play subsequently transferred to the West End and won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play and received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Play.



Thursday, October 23, 2014

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB'S 'LOST LAKE' PREMIERE

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NEW YORK'S BROADWAY
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John Hawkes



NEW YORK CITY -- Manhattan Theatre Club’s world premiere of Lost Lake, the new play by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan featuring Oscar nominee John Hawkes (The Sessions, Winter’s Bone) and Tracie Thoms (Rent, “Cold Case”) started previews for a Tuesday, November 11 opening night at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).



The team behind the Pulitzer Prize-winning Proof and The Columnist returns to MTC with Lost Lake, a riveting and spirited world premiere play by Tony winner David Auburn, directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan.



The lakeside rental Veronica (Tracie Thoms) has managed to afford is a far cry from the idyllic getaway she and her children so desperately need. And the disheveled property owner, Hogan (John Hakwes), has problems of his own – problems that Veronica is inevitably and irrevocably – pulled into.