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An unspeakable tragedy. A shattered family. An accusation of murder. TAKING CARE OF BABY is a provocative new drama that boldly explores the elusive nature of truth and the depths we'll go to expose it.
Francois Battiste (Magic/Bird), Reed Birney (Blasted, Our Leading Lady), Kristen Bush (Kin, The Common Pursuit), Amelia Campbell (A Streetcar Named Desire, Our Country's Good), Margaret Colin (The Columnist, "Gossip Girl"), Michael Crane (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Off-Broadway), Ethan Phillips (Golden Age) and Zach Shaffer ("Smash") star in this American premiere by Tony Award® winner Dennis Kelly, directed by Erica Schmidt (Humor Abuse, Invasion!).
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FRANCOIS BATTISTE (Martin McAuliffe). Broadway: Bronx Bombers (The Duke), Prelude to a Kiss (Roundabout), Magic/Bird. Off-Broadway: Detroit '67 (Public Theater), Broke-ology (Lincoln Center), The Good Negro (Public Theater, Obie Award), The Winter's Tale (Delacorte), The Merchant of Venice (Delacorte), Ten Things to do Before I Die (Second Stage). Regional: Williamstown, Sundance, Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, Lookingglass, Victory Gardens, Dallas Theatre Center. Selected TV/Film: "The Good Wife," "Person of Interest," Are We There Yet?, HBO's The Normal Heart, Men in Black III, You Bury Your Own. Founding member of The Collective Theatre Co. in Chicago.
REED BIRNEY (Dr. Millard). In the last eighteen months, Reed Birney appeared in Picnic on Broadway, Robert Schenkkan's new play All the Way with Bryan Cranston at A.R.T., and as 'Vanya' in Sam Gold and Annie Baker's production of Uncle Vanya (Drama Desk nomination). Reed made his New York debut at Playwrights Horizons in 1976 in Gemini. He has appeared at Playwrights often, most recently in Circle Mirror Transformation (2011 Obie and Drama Desk awards) and in Adam Bock's A Small Fire. Other New York appearances include The Dream of the Burning Boy and Tigers Be Still (Roundabout Underground), Blasted (Drama Desk Award Nomination; Soho Rep); Stuff Happens as Tony Blair (Public Theater) and Bug (Barrow Street). Select features: Arthur Penn's Four Friends, Changeling, Morning Glory and The Girl Most Likely. Television: recurring role on "House of Cards" and numerous guest stars. Reed is very proud to have won the 2011 Drama Desk Special Performance Award as well as the 2006 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence.
KRISTEN BUSH (Donna McAuliffe). New York: The Common Pursuit (Roundabout, dir. Moises Kaufman), Kin (Playwrights Horizons, dir. Sam Gold), Isaac's Eye and Photograph 51 (both Ensemble Studio Theatre), King Lear (The Public), Great Expectations (Theatreworks/Lucille Lortel). Regional: Proof (McCarter, dir. Emily Mann); Saturn Returns (South Coast Rep); Passion Play (Goodman); The Violet Hour (Old Globe). Film/TV: Liberal Arts (dir. Josh Radnor); Synechdoche, NY (dir. Charlie Kaufman); Ashborough (NBC/ Chiller); "Elementary," "Law & Order: SVU," "The Good Wife," "Blue Bloods," "Suits," "Person of Interest," "Unforgettable," "Medium," "Numbers," "NCIS" and the post-Hasselhoff "Knight Rider."
AMELIA CAMPBELL (Mrs. Millard/Jane/Waitress/Woman). Broadway: A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Emily Mann; Our Country's Good (Tony Nomination, Best Featured Actress); A Small Family Business; Translations; The Herbal Bed; Waiting in the Wings. Off-Broadway: The Exonerated (Culture Project); The Fall to Earth (59E59); Philip Roth in Khartoum (LAByrinth); The Misanthrope (NYTW); My Wandering Boy (Summer Play Fest.); Tryst (Promenade), Love, Janis (Village Theatre/San Diego Rep), among others. Regional: Good People (Penn State Centre Stage); A Midsummer Night's Dream (La Jolla Playhouse); The Night of the Iguana (Berkshire Theatre Festival); Desire Under the Elms (A.R.T.); Film: Stand Clear of the Closing Doors (upcoming), What Maisie Knew, Leaves of Grass, Coming Up Roses, The Paper, A Simple Twist of Fate, Picture Perfect, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, Lorenzo's Oil, Single White Female . TV: "Mercy," "Third Watch," "Law & Order," "Law & Order Criminal Intent," "Feds," A Dog Year, Truman (both HBO feature films) and My Lousiana Sky (Showtime feature film).
MARGARET COLIN (Lynn Barrie) returns to MTC having appeared in the world premiere of The Columnist at the Friedman. Other MTC credits include Defiance, Sight Unseen, Temporary Help, Speak in Tongues, Betrayal, Psychopathia Sexualis and Aristocrats. Recent TV: "Blue Bloods," "Nurse Jackie," and "Gossip Girl." Upcoming films: Backwards, Camilla Dickenson. Broadway: 'Lady Croom' in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, Jackie: An American Life, as Jackie Kennedy (Theatre World Award), Old Acquaintance, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Roundabout). Additional films: Independence Day, 3 Men and a Baby, Blue Car, True Believer, The Devil's Own. Additional TV: series leads on "Now and Again," "Foley Square," "Chicago Hope," "Leg Work," "As the World Turns" (Margo), many cable movies.
MICHAEL CRANE (Reporter & Man at Door) has appeared Off-Broadway in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, King Lear and Richard III at the Public Theater and Doris to Darlene at Playwrights Horizons. Other theater credits include the title role in Hamlet (Pioneer Theatre Co),Italian American Reconciliation (Long Wharf), The Tenant (Woodshed Collective), Hell Meets Henry Halfway (Pig Iron Theatre Co.), The Mag-7 (Naked Angels), middlemen (Human Animals), The Young Left (Cherry Lane), West Moon Street (Prospect Theater Co.), Bone Portraits (Stillpoint Prods.). Film/TV: Winter's Tale, "Damages," "White Collar," "Law & Order" and "Kings."
ETHAN PHILLIPS (Stanley Levison / Seymore Trammel). Broadway: November (Turkey Lobbyist), My Favorite Year (Herb Lee). Off-Broadway: Golden Age, Manhattan Theatre Club; Measure for Measure, NYSF/Delacourte; Lips Together, Teeth Apart, Lucille Lortel; Modiglianni, Astor Place Theatre; Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Playwrights Horizons. Regional: The Imaginary Invalid, Bard SummerScape; Side Man, Pasadena Playhouse; Lloyd's Prayer, Actors Theatre of Louisville; Ms. Ever's Boys, Baltimore Center Stage; You Can't Take It With You, Geffen; Inspecting Carol, Seattle Rep; Comedy of Errors, McCarter. Film: Inside Llewyn Davis, The Island, Bad Santa, Green Card, Lean on Me, Glory and others.
ZACH SHAFFER (Brian and Interviewer). Broadway: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (u/s Nick), A View From the Bridge, The Man Who Came to Dinner. NY credits include:The Wii Plays, Playlist, Thujone, Mine, Missed Connections NYC, Brown, Love is Deaf, Down the Drain, Til the Rapture Comes. Film & TV: "Smash" (NBC), Salt (Columbia Pictures), "Strangers With Candy," "The Black Donnellys," "All My Children," "Six Feet Under," XX/XY and "Law & Order." Zach also co-directed and produced the documentary Squeezebox!, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival before going on to tour film festivals around the world.
DENNIS KELLY (Playwright). Dennis Kelly is an internationally acclaimed writer. Stage plays include Debris (Theatre 503 / Battersea Arts Centre, 2003 & 2004); Osama the Hero (Paines Plough / Hampstead Theatre 2004 & 2005 - winner of the Meyer Whitworth Award, 2006); After the End (Paines Plough, Traverse Theatre, Bush Theatre, UK & international tour, 2005); Love and Money (Young Vic Theatre / Manchester Royal Exchange, 2006); Taking Care of Baby (Hampstead Theatre / Birmingham Repertory Theatre, 2006; winner of the John Whiting Award 2007); DNA (NT Connections, 2007-8); Orphans (Paines Plough, Traverse Theatre, Soho Theatre & Birmingham Rep, 2009 - winner of a Fringe First and Herald Angel Award, 2009) and The Gods Weep (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2010). In 2009 Dennis was voted Best Foreign Playwright by Theatre Heute Magazine, Germany. Work for radio includes The Colony (BBC Radio 3, 2004 - Prix Europa Award for Best European Radio Drama and Radio & Music Award - Script for Broadcast, 2004) and 12 Shares (BBC Radio 4, 2005). Dennis wrote and co-produced his most recent series "Utopia" (Kudos/ Channel 4) and co-wrote the award-winning comedy series "Pulling" (Silver River / BBC 3). Dennis also wrote the book for the smash hit Matilda the Musical, which opened at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2011 and is currently running in the West End and on Broadway. Matilda the Musical has won multiple awards, including 4 Tonys; (including Best Book of a Musical); 7 Oliviers (including Best Musical) and 4 WhatsOnStage Awards (including Best Musical).
ERICA SCHMIDT (Director). Directing credits include: Jonas Hassen Khemiri's Obie Award-winning Invasion! (The Play Company at The Walker Space and The Flea); Honey Brown Eyes (The Working Theater); The Burnt Part Boys (The Vineyard and New York Stage and Film); Humor Abuse (co-creator with performer Lorenzo Pisoni at Manhattan Theatre Club, winner: Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics, Drama Desk and Obie Award also ACT, Philadelphia Theatre Company and Seattle Rep); Rent (Tokyo); Moliere's Imaginary Invalid, Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, Gilbert and Sullivan's The Sorcerer and Copland's The Tender Land (all at Bard Summer Scape); Mezzulah, 1946 (Pittsburgh City Theatre);Carnival (The Paper Mill Playhouse); People Be Heard (Playwrights Horizons); Trust (The Play Company, Callaway Award nominee); As You Like It (The Public Theater/NYSF, chashama and New York International Fringe Festival 2000 Winner for Best Direction); Debbie Does Dallas (wrote the adaptation and directed Off-Broadway at the Jane Street); Spanish Girl (Second Stage Uptown); slag heap (The Cherry Lane Alternative); Romeo and Juliet (Outdoor Garage) and The White Devil and Don't Blink (The Directors Company). College and University work: TopDog/UnderDog, R&J and Buried Child (The Juilliard School); Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards (The McCarter's Berlind Theater, Princeton University); The Desire Project (Vassar College and subsequent workshop at The Vineyard); The Identity Project (NTI at the O'Neill); Top Girls (Fordham University); The Price of Pearls: an adaptation of The Canterbury Tales (The New School) Adjunct faculty in Advanced Directing for Syracuse University's Tepper Semester since 2010. Upcoming: Humor Abuse at The Taper; I Call My Brothers by Jonas Hassen Khemiri for The Play Company; workshop production of Girls Turn Red (also author) at The Vineyard; Titus Andronicus for Vassar College. Princess Grace Award recipient 2001. BA cum laude from Vassar College.
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“A TAUT, CHILLING MYSTERY.”
–The New York Observer
“ELOQUENT, CRAFTY & CRISP.”
–The New York Times
“CRITICS' PICK! “★★★★ INGENIOUS. A TRUE MARVEL.”
–Time Out New York
“SHREWD, VICIOUS and CLEVER.”
–The New Yorker
“A STELLAR CAST. TAKING CARE OF BABY eerily shakes our sense of trust and questions our abilities to discern a truth from a manipulative lie.”
“DENNIS KELLY (MATILDA) keenly dissects the ethical corruption of various systems: political, medical and journalistic.”
–Time Out New York
“SHARP DIRECTION by ERICA SCHMIDT.”
–The New York Observer
“INCREDIBLY BOLD. A NEW KIND OF THEATRE.”