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New Plays by Donald Margulies and David Auburn in Manhattan Theater Club Season

New York Times, Mar 12th, 2014

The Manhattan Theater Club will present new works by Donald Margulies, David Auburn and Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig as part of its 2014-15 season, the company announced Wednesday.

Manhattan Theater Club to Stage New Fierstein Play on Broadway

New York Times, Sep 9th, 2013

Harvey Fierstein, who won Tony Awards for best play and best actor in 1983 for his landmark gay drama, Torch Song Trilogy, but has mostly written musical scripts since then, has a new play coming to Broadway for the first time in nearly 30 years. Casa Valentina, a ’60s-era portrait of a Catskills vacation resort where heterosexual men would dress up and act as women, will begin previews on April 1 at Manhattan Theater Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theater and open on April 23, the theater company announced on Monday.

Debra Messing to Make Broadway Debut in Outside Mullingar

Hollywood Reporter, Jul 19th, 2013

Debra Messing and Brian F. O’Byrne will star early next year in the Broadway world premiere of Outside Mullingar, the new Irish romantic comedy by John Patrick Shanley, the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning author of Doubt.

Fresh off last season's The Other Place, playwright Sharr White returns to Broadway

Boston Globe, Jul 6th, 2013

Sharr White rises every weekday at 5 a.m. to get some writing in before his two little boys wake up. Aboard the 7:58 a.m. commuter train that snakes south along the Hudson River toward Manhattan, an hour-plus away, he reviews his morning’s output before grabbing a nap. At day’s end, he writes all the way home. White is 43, a square-jawed marketing guy who drives a black Lexus SUV. He is also, rather suddenly after long years of determined scribbling in obscurity, a Broadway playwright.

Jennifer Westfeldt, John McMartin and Lorenzo Pisoni Star in New Comedy The Explorers Club, Opening June 20

Playbill, Jun 20th, 2013

The Explorers Club, the Manhattan Theatre Club world premiere of Nell Benjamin’s new play starring Jennifer Westfeldt, John McMartin and Lorenzo Pisoni, opens Off-Broadway June 20 following previews that began May 28 at New York City Center Stage I. The comedy, which addresses various forms of exclusion and prejudice, features the madcap adventures of a group of London-based explorers, who search for escaped cobras and avoid the possibility of international war.

MTC is nominated for 4 Tony Awards!

Broadway World, Apr 30th, 2013

Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster and stage and screen actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson announced the nominees for the 2013 Tony Awards April 30 at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center at Lincoln Center. Manhattan Theatre Club received 4 nominations including BEST PLAY (The Assembled Parties), BEST FEATURED ACTRESS – Judith Light (The Assembled Parties), BEST SCENIC DESIGN – Santo Loquasto (The Assembled Parties) and BEST ACTRESS – Laurie Metcalf (The Other Place).

The Assembled Parties Nominated for Drama Desk Awards, Apr 29th, 2013

“Tony Award winners Linda Lavin and John Lloyd Young announced the nominations for the 2013 Drama Desk Awards April 29 at 54 Below.”

The Assembled Parties, The Other Place, The Madrid and Murder Ballad are all nominated for the 79th Annual Drama League Awards, Apr 23rd, 2013

“Tony and Emmy winner David Hyde Pierce will host the 79th Annual Drama League Awards, which will be held May 17 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square.”

THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES and MURDER BALLAD are nominated for Outer Critics Circle Awards!, Apr 22nd, 2013

“Robert Cuccioli and Laila Robins announced the nominees for the Outer Critics Circle Awards April 22 at The Friars Club.”

The Assembled Parties Celebrates Opening Night, Apr 19th, 2013

“Tony winner Richard Greenberg (Take Me OutThe American Plan) and MTC begin their 10th collaboration with the world-premiere production of The Assembled Parties. MTC Artistic Director Lynne Meadow (WitCollected Stories) directs the cast that includes Tony nominee Jessica Hecht (A View from the BridgeHarvey), Tony and 2-time Emmy winner Judith Light (Other Desert CitiesLombardi) and Tony nominee Jeremy Shamos (Glengarry Glen RossClybourne Park).”

Mary-Louise Parker joins MTC/MCC co-production of Sharr White's The Snow Geese, Apr 10th, 2013

“Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker will star in the Manhattan Theatre Club-MCC Theater co-production of Sharr White’s The Snow Geese, a new WWI-set drama about a family facing a changing future, which will have its world premiere at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway this fall.”

MTC's Murder Ballad scores the most Lucille Lortel nominations of any musical, Apr 8th, 2013

“Nominations for the 2013 Lucille Lortel Awards, noting excellence in Off-Broadway theatre, were announced on April 3. Signature Theatre’s The Piano Lesson earned the most nominations, with 6, followed by the rock musical Murder Ballad (5) and Annie Baker’s play The Flick (4).”

The Assembled Parties' Jessica Hecht and Jeremy Shamos to Host Obie Awards, Apr 8th, 2013

The Assembled Parties co-stars Jessica Hecht and Jeremy Shamos will host the 58th Annual Obie Awards on May 20 at Webster Hall. Lois Smith and Francis Sternhagen will be presented with the Obie’s Lifetime Achievement Awards by Meryl Streep.”

Choir Boy's NYC Premiere Will Star Chuck Cooper, Austin Pendleton, Jeremy Pope and More, Mar 25th, 2013

“The American premiere Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy, a play with gospel music, will feature Nicholas L. Ashe, Kyle Beltran, Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper, Grantham Coleman, Austin Pendleton, Jeremy Pope and Wallace Smith, Manhattan Theatre Club announced on March 24.”

The Assembled Parties, Starring Judith Light, Jessica Hecht & Jeremy Shamos, Begins Broadway Performances, Mar 25th, 2013

“Richard Greenberg’s The Assembled Parties, starring Tony winner Judith Light and Tony nominees Jessica Hecht and Jeremy Shamos, begins performances March 21 at Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Directed by Lynne Meadow, the Manhattan Theatre Club production will officially open on April 17.”

Edie Falco: The Queen of Cable, Mar 15th, 2013

“If we’re living in a “golden age” of television, Edie Falco is its queen. After working for years on network shows, she made the jump to HBO to play a troubled prison guard onOz, then crossed over to the other side of the law as the matriarch of America’s most famous mafia family in The Sopranos.”

Meet Richard Greenberg, playwright of The Assembled Parties, Mar 10th, 2013

“For a playwright, having a show open on Broadway is an intense, sometimes draining, occasion. Richard Greenberg is having the experience times two – he has a pair of new plays opening less than a month apart.”

The Madrid Star Phoebe Strole is Obsessed with Monty Python, Anita Gillette, Planets & More, Mar 8th, 2013

“Theater stars know what’s hot in entertainment, fashion and pop culture, so decided it was high time to tap in to the after-hours obsessions of our favorite stage actors. Spring Awakening vet Phoebe Strole currently stars as Sarah in Manhattan Theatre Club’s off-Broadway premiere of The Madrid.”

Let There Be Light: Judith Light Is on a Three-Year Broadway Winning Streak, Mar 8th, 2013

“It was not the sort of applause that generally greets a star. It was that more rarefied kind reserved for somebody truly beloved. Last December, when Judith Light took to the stage of the New Amsterdam at The 24th Annual Gypsy of the Year competition to do what has become her regular moment-of-silence spot for those lost to AIDS, there was a massive outpouring of affection.”

Jessica Hecht, Jeremy Shamos, Judith Light & More Preview Richard Greenberg's The Assembled Parties, Feb 28th, 2013

“Rehearsals have begun for the world premiere of Richard Greenberg’s The Assembled Parties, and we’ve got a sneak peek at the cast who plays the Bascovs, an Upper West Side Jewish family in 1980. In a sprawling Central Park West apartment, former movie star Julie Bascov and her sister-in-law Faye bring their families together for their traditional holiday dinner.”

The Madrid Review with Edie Falco, Feb 28th, 2013

“Wild hearts beat in ordinary people — in responsible mothers with adoring husbands, cozy homes and nurturing jobs that require more than punching a clock.”

Bonded by Motherhood and Workplaces, Feb 14th, 2013

“Suppose you wrote a new play. It’s only your second, but it’s got a great part for an actress who can win over the audience to a character who can be unsympathetic, someone who can convey existential malaise at the same time as tough-day-at-work frustration.”

Broadway's The Assembled Parties Begins Rehearsals, Feb 11th, 2013

“The Broadway world premiere of Richard Greenberg’s The Assembled Parties, the family drama starring the previously reported Judith Light and Jessica Hecht, began rehearsals Feb. 11. Jonathan Walker has joined the cast of the Manhattan Theatre Club production, taking over for the originally announced Sam Robards. Previews begin March 21.”

Meet the Directors: Leigh Silverman of The Madrid

The New York Times, Feb 5th, 2013

“My first internship after college was at New York Theater Workshop, and for the first 10 years of my career they were my artistic home. It was there that I directed my first (and many subsequent) staged readings, and it was there that I crossed paths and years later began relationships with some of my most frequent collaborators.”

1600 Penn's Bill Pullman to Replace Daniel Stern in Broadway's The Other Place, Jan 29th, 2013

Bill Pullman will join the cast of Manhattan Theatre Club’s The Other Place beginning February 5. Pullman will play Ian, replacing Daniel Stern, who will leave the show to attend to family matters in California. Stern will play his final performance on February 3.The Other Place‘s limited-engagement at Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre was recently extended until March 3.

Talking Talent with Laurie Metcalf, Jan 28th, 2013

The theater veteran Laurie Metcalf, best known as Jackie, Roseanne Barr’s high-strung sidekick sister on the popular 1990s sitcom “Roseanne,” is back on Broadway. Metcalf, an Emmy Award-winning actress, is currently reprising her leading role as Juliana Smithton, a biophysicist battling dementia in Joe Mantello’s The Other Place running through March 3 at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman’s Theater.