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2013-14 Season

Outside Mullingar

Final performance was March 16th, 2014

OUTSIDE MULLINGARs Starry Opening Night

OUTSIDE MULLINGAR's Starry Opening Night

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Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination
BEST ACTOR! Brian F. O’Byrne

World premiere play by John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Doug Hughes

with Brían F. O’Byrne, Debra Messing, Peter Maloney, Dearbhla Molloy

The award-winning team that brought you Doubt—Pulitzer, Oscar®, and Tony®-winning writer John Patrick Shanley and Tony-winning director Doug Hughes—reunite at MTC for the world-premiere romantic comedy OUTSIDE MULLINGAR.

Tony winner Brían F. O’Byrne (Frozen, Doubt, Million Dollar Baby) and Emmy® winner Debra Messing (“Will & Grace,” “Smash,” Collected Stories) play Anthony and Rosemary, two introverted misfits straddling 40. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that—due to his painful shyness—suits him well. Rosemary lives right next door, determined to have him, watching the years slip away. With Anthony’s father threatening to disinherit him and a land feud simmering between their families, Rosemary has every reason to fear romantic catastrophe. But then, in this very Irish story with a surprising depth of poetic passion, these yearning, eccentric souls fight their way towards solid ground and some kind of happiness. Their journey is heartbreaking, funny as hell, and ultimately deeply moving.

OUTSIDE MULLINGAR—Shanley’s tenth play at MTC—is a compassionate, delightful play about how it’s never too late to take a chance on love. It’s kind of an “Irish Moonstruck.”

OUTSIDE MULLINGAR was commissioned by MTC through the U.S. Trust New American Play Commissioning Program. OUTSIDE MULLINGAR is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.

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The Commons of Pensacola

Final performance was February 9th, 2014

A First Look at THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA

A First Look at THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA

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World premiere play by Amanda Peet
Directed by Lynne Meadow

with Blythe Danner, Zoe Levin, Ali Marsh, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael Stahl-David, Nilaja Sun

Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker star in the world premiere of Amanda Peet’s play THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA. MTC’s award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow directs the production, Ms. Peet’s playwriting debut.

Judith (Blythe Danner) has been divested of her assets and forced to leave her luxurious New York life after her husband’s Wall Street scam became headline news. When her daughter Becca (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Becca’s filmmaker boyfriend pay Judith a visit to the one bedroom condo Judith now occupies in Pensacola, Florida, everyone’s motives are called into question. How will past and present circumstances inform how this family moves into the future?

THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA is an incisive and funny new play about trying to love your family even when you hate what they’ve done. The production reunites Tony® and two-time Emmy® winner Danner (Nice Work If You Can Get It, Meet the Parents) and two-time Emmy and four-time Golden Globe® winner Parker (“Sex and the City,” Wonder of the World). Danner and Parker first appeared together in MTC’s Sylvia by A.R. Gurney in 1995.

Lead support for THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA is provided by MTC’s Producing Fund Partner, Andrew Martin-Weber. Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting Manhattan Theatre Club. Additional support for THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA is provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

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The Commons of Pensacola

The Snow Geese

Final performance was December 14th, 2013

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World premiere play by Sharr White
Directed by Daniel Sullivan

with Mary-Louise Parker, Danny Burstein, Victoria Clark, Evan Jonigkeit, Brian Cross, Christopher Innvar, Jessica Love

Tony® and Emmy® winner Mary-Louise Parker (“Weeds,” Proof) returns to Broadway in this world premiere drama by Sharr White (The Other Place).

With war raging abroad, newly widowed Elizabeth Gaesling gathers her family for their annual shooting party to mark the opening of hunting season in rural, upstate New York. But Elizabeth is forced to confront a new reality as her carefree eldest son comes to terms with his impending deployment overseas and her younger son discovers that the father they all revered left them deeply in debt. Together, the family must let go of the life they’ve always known.

Tony winner Daniel Sullivan (Rabbit Hole, Proof) directs this stirring new play about a family waking up from their own personal Gilded Age as the world around them changes forever.

THE SNOW GEESE is a co-production with MCC Theater. Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting Manhattan Theatre Club. THE SNOW GEESE is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.

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Taking Care of Baby

Final performance was December 8th, 2013

60 Seconds with TAKING CARE OF BABY Playwright Dennis Kelly

60 Seconds with TAKING CARE OF BABY Playwright Dennis Kelly

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American premiere play by Dennis Kelly
Directed by Erica Schmidt

with Francois Battiste, Reed Birney, Kristen Bush, Amelia Campbell, Margaret Colin, Michael Crane, Ethan Phillips, Zach Shaffer

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!).

Taking Care of Baby

2012-13 Season

An Enemy of the People

Final performance was November 18th, 2012

An Enemy of the People Montage

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By Henrik Ibsen
A new version by Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Directed by Doug Hughes

with Boyd Gaines, Richard Thomas, Maïté Alina, Gerry Bamman, Kathleen McNenny, Randall Newsome, John Procaccino, Michael Siberry and James Waterston

This fall on Broadway, the political is about to get very personal.

In this fast-paced, two-hour thriller, Dr. Thomas Stockmann (Boyd Gaines) discovers a toxic secret that threatens the health of his entire community. The doctor expects to be hailed as a hero, but his brother, Mayor Peter Stockmann (Richard Thomas), believes the information will destroy the town, forcing the men into a passionate confrontation of political will and personal ethics.

4-time Tony winner Boyd Gaines (The Columnist, Contact) and Emmy winner Richard Thomas (RaceFifth of July, “The Waltons”) play the clashing brothers in this scintillating, and often surprisingly humorous, new version of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People by one of Britain’s most exciting writers, Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

Tony winner Doug Hughes (DoubtThe Royal FamilyThe Whipping Man) returns to MTC to direct an exceptional ensemble cast that also includes Maïté Alina, Gerry Bamman, Kathleen McNenny, Randall Newsome, John Procaccino, Michael Siberry and James Waterston.

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An Enemy of the People

Murder Ballad

Final performance was December 16th, 2012

Murder Ballad Montage - I Love New York

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Conceived by & with Book and Lyrics by Julia Jordan
Music and Lyrics by Juliana Nash
Directed by Trip Cullman

with John Ellison Conlee, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Karen Olivo and Will Swenson

A love triangle gone wrong, MURDER BALLAD centers on Sara, an Upper West Sider, who seems to have it all, but whose downtown past lingers enticingly and dangerously in front of her. This sexy, explosive, new rock musical explores the complications of love, the compromises we make, and the betrayals that can ultimately undo us.

MURDER BALLAD is conceived by Jonathan Larson Award winner and two-time Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist Julia Jordan with book and lyrics by Jordan and music and lyrics by indie rock singer/songwriter Juliana Nash. Drama Desk Award nominee Trip Cullman (Paul Weitz’s Lonely, I’m Not; Adam Bock’s A Small Fire) directs.

Murder Ballad

Golden Age

Final performance was January 13th, 2013

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New York premiere by Terrence McNally
Directed by Walter Bobbie

with Dierdre Friel, Coco Monroe, George Morfogen, Bebe Neuwirth, Lee Pace, Ethan Phillips, Lorenzo Pisoni, Will Rogers and Eddie Kaye Thomas

Four-time Tony Award® winner Terrence McNally (Master Class, Love! Valour! Compassion!) adds another memorable cast of characters to MTC’s Stage I with the New York premiere of GOLDEN AGE. Tony winner Walter Bobbie (Chicago, Venus in Fur) directs.

It’s opening night of Vincenzo Bellini’s new opera I Puritani in Paris, and the Italian composer is determined to win the adulation of not only his audience, but his colleagues and rivals as well. When the curtain falls, will a thunderous ovation cement his prominence? Or has Bellini unwittingly composed his own swan song?

Blending 21st century language with the timeless beauty of 19th century bel canto opera, Terrence McNally’s new play portrays the final act of an artist whose desire for greatness has eclipsed all else.

Golden Age

The Other Place

Final performance was March 3rd, 2013

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Broadway premiere by Sharr White
Directed by Joe Mantello

with Laurie Metcalf, Zoe Perry, Bill Pullman and John Schiappa

Three-time Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne,” “The Big Bang Theory,” November) stars in MTC’s Broadway-premiere production of THE OTHER PLACE, a riveting new psychological thriller by fast-rising playwright Sharr White and directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Other Desert Cities, Wicked, Love! Valour! Compassion!).

Metcalf gives a “dazzling, must-be-seen performance” (Variety) as Juliana Smithton, a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. Her husband has filed for divorce, her daughter has eloped with a much older man and her own health is in jeopardy. But in this brilliantly crafted work, nothing is as it seems. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface.

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The Other Place

The Madrid

Final performance was May 5th, 2013

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World premiere play by Liz Flahive
Directed by Leigh Silverman

with Seth Clayton, John Ellison Conlee, Edie Falco, Darren Goldstein, Brooke Ashley Laine, Heidi Schreck, Frances Sternhagen and Phoebe Strole

Four-time Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie,” The House of Blue Leaves, “The Sopranos”) returns to the New York stage in the world premiere of THE MADRID by Liz Flahive (From Up Here).

Falco stars as Martha, a kindergarten teacher with a life many would want: a loving husband, a devoted daughter. But when she leaves it all behind, it’s up to her daughter Sarah to pick up the pieces. Two-time Obie winner, Leigh Silverman (Chinglish, From Up Here, In the Wake) directs this hilarious and heartbreaking story about motherhood, freedom, and trying to see the people in your family as they really are.

The Madrid

The Assembled Parties

Final performance was July 28th, 2013

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World premiere play by Richard Greenberg
Directed by Lynne Meadow

with Jessica Hecht, Judith Light, Remy Auberjonois, Mark Blum, Lauren Blumenfeld, Alex Dreier, Jake Silbermann and Jonathan Walker

Tony winner Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out, The American Plan) and MTC begin their 10th collaboration with the world-premiere production of THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES. MTC Artistic Director Lynne Meadow (Wit, Collected Stories) directs the stellar cast that includes Tony nominee Jessica Hecht (A View from the Bridge, Harvey) and Tony and 2-time Emmy winner Judith Light (Other Desert Cities, Lombardi).

THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES welcomes us to the world of 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. But tonight, things are not usual. A houseguest has joined the festivities for the first time and he unwittingly – or perhaps by design – insinuates himself into the family drama. Twenty years later, as 2001 approaches, the Bascovs’ seemingly picture-perfect life may be about to crumble. A stunning new play infused with humor, THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES is an incisive portrait of a family grasping for stability at the dawn of a new millennium.

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The Assembled Parties

The Explorers Club

Final performance was August 4th, 2013

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World premiere comedy by Nell Benjamin
Directed by Marc Bruni

with Brian Avers, Max Baker, Steven Boyer, Arnie Burton, Carson Elrod, David Furr, John McMartin, Lorenzo Pisoni and Jennifer Westfeldt

THE EXPLORERS CLUB is a new madcap comedy from Tony®-nominated writer Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde), directed by Marc Bruni (Old Jews Telling Jokes) and featuring the most ferociously funny cast in New York.

London, 1879. The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president wants to admit a woman, and their bartender is terrible. True, this female candidate is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire, and how do you make such a decision without a decent drink?

Grab your safety goggles for some very mad science involving deadly cobras, irate Irishmen and the occasional airship.

The Explorers Club

Choir Boy

Final performance was August 11th, 2013

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Tarell Alvin McCraney’s CHOIR BOY, the new play featuring gospel music
Directed by Trip Cullman

with Nicholas L. Ashe, Kyle Beltran, Grantham Coleman, Austin Pendleton, Jeremy Pope, Wallace Smith and Charles E. Wallace

CHOIR BOY was commissioned by MTC with support from Time Warner Inc.

CHOIR BOY is a co-production with Alliance Theatre.

The Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys is dedicated to the creation of strong, ethical black men. Pharus wants nothing more than to take his rightful place as leader of the school’s legendary gospel choir. Can he find his way inside the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key?

Tarell Alvin McCraney is author of The Brother/Sister Trilogy: The Brothers SizeIn the Red and Brown Water, & Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet. His other works include Wig Out! set in New York’s drag clubs and The Breach which deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He was the first recipient of The New York Times’ Outstanding Playwright Award, the 2009 Steinberg Playwrights Award, and the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award.

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Choir Boy

2011-12 Season

We Live Here

Final performance was November 6th, 2021

WE LIVE HERE - Montage

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By Zoe Kazan
Directed by Sam Gold

with Mark Blum, Jessica Collins, Betty Gilpin, Amy Irving, Oscar Isaac and Jeremy Shamos

Allie Bateman’s wedding is Sunday. When Dinah, her precocious younger sister, returns to their parents’ home for the festivities, she brings more than anyone expected: a new boyfriend, whose hidden history resurrects passions and painful memories for the whole family. Over one emotionally charged weekend, the Batemans must acknowledge and accept loss to gain hope for regeneration. Zoe Kazan, one of New York’s most acclaimed young actors, returns to MTC for her New York playwriting debut with this world-premiere, MTC-commissioned play — an incisive and beautifully rendered portrait of a contemporary family coming together through grief and celebration.

We Live Here

Venus In Fur

Final performance was June 17th, 2012

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By David Ives
Directed by Walter Bobbie

with Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy

Critically acclaimed as “Good kinky fun!” by The New York TimesVENUS IN FUR makes its Broadway premiere at MTC. ‘Vanda’ (Nina Arianda) is a preternaturally talented young actress determined to land the lead in Thomas’ (Hugh Dancy) new play based on the classic erotic novel, Venus in Fur. Her emotionally charged audition for the gifted but demanding playwright/director becomes an electrifying game of cat and mouse blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex. This dazzling new play is written by theatrical mastermind David Ives, and directed by Tony Award® winner Walter Bobbie.

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Venus In Fur

Close Up Space

Final performance was January 20th, 2012

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By Molly Smith Metzler
Directed by Leigh Silverman

with Michael Chernus, Jessica DiGiovanni, Colby Minifie, Rosie Perez and David Hyde Pierce

Tony Award® and 4-time Emmy Award® winner David Hyde Pierce brings his signature wit back to the MTC stage in the World Premiere of Close Up Space by Molly Smith Metzler. Pierce stars as Paul Barrow, an obsessive book editor on a major deadline. With an assistant (Chernus) who’s been camping in the office, a famous author (Perez) threatening to bail on him and an intern (DiGiovanni) who is no help at all, Paul’s just about had it! But when his fiery daughter (Minifie) shows up and lambasts him in Russian, Paul faces a glaring personal error that can’t be corrected with red ink. Leigh Silverman (Well, From Up Here, Chinglish) returns to MTC to direct this funny and poignant new play about how hard it can be to communicate… in any language.

Close Up Space

Wit

Final performance was March 17th, 2012

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By Margaret Edson
Directed by Lynne Meadow

with Pun Bandhu, Suzanne Bertish, Michael Countryman, Jessica Dickey, Chiké Johnson, Greg Keller, Cynthia Nixon, Carra Patterson and Zachary Spicer

Tony Award and two-time Emmy Award winner Cynthia Nixon returns to MTC’s Friedman Theatre in Margaret Edson’s WIT, helmed by MTC’s award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow. This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama makes its Broadway premiere at MTC and marks Nixon’s return to Broadway following her Tony-winning turn in MTC’s Rabbit Hole. Exquisitely written, affecting and often humorous, WIT follows a brilliant and exacting poetry professor as she undergoes experimental treatment for cancer. A scholar who devoted her life to academia, she must now face the irony and injustice of becoming the subject of research.

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Wit

Regrets

Final performance was April 29th, 2012

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By Matt Charman
Directed by Carolyn Cantor

with Alexis Bledel, Curt Bouril, Ansel Elgort, Brian Hutchison, Adriane Lenox, Lucas Caleb Rooney and Richard Topol

Matt Charman, Britain’s fastest-rising young playwright, makes his New York debut at MTC with this world-premiere play. Caleb Farley is the youngest man ever to show up at Mrs. Duke’s cabins, a ramshackle retreat in the Nevada desert and one of the few places men can go to secure a quick divorce in 1950s America. Caleb claims he fled his Hollywood home for the same reason as the other men in camp – to shed the lives and wives they’ve known to begin anew. But in an era of heightened fears and political distrust, accusations that Caleb is hiding more than just a broken heart test each man’s loyalty – to country and to one another. This fascinating new drama is an uncommon tale of friendship, loss and finding the courage of one’s convictions.

Regrets

The Columnist

Final performance was July 8th, 2012

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By David Auburn
Directed by Daniel Sullivan

with John Lithgow, Margaret Colin, Boyd Gaines, Stephen Kunken, Marc Bonan, Grace Gummer, Brian J. Smith

Columnists are kings in midcentury America and Joseph Alsop wears the crown. Joe is beloved, feared and courted in equal measure by the Washington political world at whose center he sits. But as the ’60s dawn and America undergoes dizzying change, the intense political drama Joe is embroiled in becomes deeply personal as well. David Auburn, whose Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning Proof dazzled audiences and critics alike, returns to MTC with this fascinating new work directed by his Proof collaborator Daniel Sullivan and starring two-time Tony and five-time Emmy winner John Lithgow as Joseph Alsop.

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The Columnist

2010-11 Season

Pitmen Painters

Final performance was December 12th, 2010

Behind the Canvas The Pitmen Painters at MTC

Behind the Canvas: The Pitmen Painters at MTC

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By Lee Hall
Inspired by a book by William Feaver
Directed by Max Roberts

with Christopher Connel, Michael Hodgson, Ian Kelly, Brian Lonsdale, Lisa McGrillis, Deka Walmsley, David Whitaker and Phillippa Wilson.

Direct from a sold-out engagement at London’s National Theatre, this 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 witty 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.

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Pitmen Painters

Spirit Control

Final performance was December 5th, 2010

A Taste of the Scintillating First Scene of Spirit Control

A Taste of the Scintillating First Scene of Spirit Control

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By Beau Willimon
Directed by Henry Wishcamper

with Mia Barron, Charles Borland, Aaron Michael Davies, Brian Hutchison, Maggie Lacey and Jeremy Sisto

The new play from Beau Willimon, the young talent behind Farragut North, revolves around Adam Wyatt, who has the perfect family and a perfect record as an air traffic controller. 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.

Spirit Control

The Whipping Man

Final performance was April 10th, 2011

The Whipping Man Slideshow

The Whipping Man Slideshow

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A Play By Matthew Lopez
Directed by Doug Hughes

with André Braugher, André Holland, and Jay Wilkison

Three men tied by faith, bound by secrets.

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

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

The Whipping Man

Good People

Final performance was May 29th, 2011

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Good People Montage

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By David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Daniel Sullivan

with Becky Ann Baker, Patrick Carroll, Tate Donovan, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Frances McDormand and Estelle Parsons

Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo – where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills – and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who has made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out.

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Good People

Cradle and All

Final performance was June 19th, 2011

Cradle and All Cast  Creative Team

Cradle and All Cast & Creative Team

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By Daniel Goldfarb
Directed by Sam Buntrock

Annie and Nate have a baby who won’t sleep. Claire and Luke are losing sleep over the decision to get married and start a family. In adjacent Brooklyn Heights apartments, Daniel Goldfarb’s newest and wittiest look at love, sex, commitment and parenthood unfolds and no one will rest until the truth between each of these couples is spoken.

Cradle and All

Master Class

Final performance was September 4th, 2011

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By Terrance McNally
Directed by Stephen Wadsworth

with Sierra Boggess, Clinton Brandhagen, Jeremy Cohen, Tyne Daly, Alexandra Silber and Garrett Sorenson

Terrence McNally’s award-winning play about Maria Callas takes us to one of her famous master classes, where, late in her own career, she dares the next generation to make the same sacrifices and rise to the same heights that made her the most celebrated, the most reviled and the most controversial singer of her time.

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Master Class

2009-10 Season

The Royal Family

Final performance was December 13th, 2009

By George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber
Directed by Doug Hughes
 
with Ana Gasteyer, John Glover, Rosemary Harris, Jan Maxwell, Larry Pine, Tony Roberts, Reg Rogers

In this thinly veiled parody of the Barrymore family circa 1927, a flamboyant theatrical family must cope with the dumbfounding fact that one of them wishes to marry someone outside of show business.

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The Royal Family

Nightingale

Written and performed by Lynn Redgrave
Directed by Joseph Hardy

New York Premiere at NY City Center, Stage I.

Tony Award® and Academy Award® nominee Lynn Redgrave stars in her new play inspired by her need to create a life for her maternal grandmother, a woman she barely knew. NIGHTINGALE is a play about a promising woman stymied by society and all but erased by history, a touching personal tribute and a resounding song for all those people whose voices we’ve lost, or never known.

In the tradition of Shakespeare for My Father and The Mandrake Root comes Lynn Redgrave’s latest portrait of her legendary family.

Nightingale

Time Stands Still

Final performance was January 30th, 2011

Time Stands Still - Selected Scenes

Time Stands Still - Selected Scenes

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By Donald Margulies
Directed by Daniel Sullivan
 
with Eric Bogosian, Brian d’Arcy James, Laura Linney, Alicia Silverstone, Tony Carlin, Monica McCarthy

Sidelined by a serious injury while covering the Iraq war, photojournalist Sarah Goodwin questions her personal and professional lives and her place in the world.

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Time Stands Still

Equivocation

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By Bill Cain
Directed by Garry Hynes

with Remy Auberjonois, Michael Countryman, David Furr, John Pankow, Charlotte Parry, David Pittu

Bill Cain’s play set in 1606 England begins when King James’ right hand man commissions William Shakespeare to write a new play about the Gunpowder Plot, a recent failed attempt to blow up Parliament and the Monarchy. EQUIVOCATION is a bold new look at the greatest playwright ever in a drama whose contemporary parallels are unmistakable and whose laughter is abundant – a work of startling revelations and vibrant theatricality. Tony Award winner Garry Hynes returns to MTC following her acclaimed production of Translations.

Equivocation

Collected Stories

Final performance was June 13th, 2010

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Montage from Collected Stories

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By Donald Margulies
 
with Linda Lavin, Sarah Paulson

This drama limns the relationship between an aging writer and her up-and-coming student as they confront where the line between personal privacy and creative work should be drawn.

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Collected Stories

That Face

That Face Cast  Creative Team

That Face Cast & Creative Team

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By Polly Stenham
Directed by Sarah Benson

with Christopher Abbott, Maïté Alina, Betty Gilpin, Cristin Milioti, Laila Robins and Victor Slezak

THAT FACE is a powerful and darkly comic look at an affluent family in freefall. Mia has been suspended from boarding school. Her brother, Henry, has dropped out altogether. And Martha, their mum, manipulates them all. Money can no longer fix their problems — now it’s up to them.

This Olivier Award-nominated play from Britain’s fastest-rising young playwright premieres in New York with the director of last season’s acclaimed Blasted.

That Face

2008-09 Season

To Be or Not To Be

Final performance was November 16th, 2008

By Nick Whitby
Directed by Nicholaw
 
with Peter Benson, Robert Dorfman, Steve Kazee, Peter Maloney, Jan Maxwell, Michael McCarty, Kristine Nielsen, Brandon Perler, David Rasche, Rocco Sisto, Jimmy Smagula, Marina Squerciati, Mark J. Sullivan

Based on Ernst Lubitsch’s 1942 film, Nick Whitby’s dark comedy follows a troupe of Polish actors who use their performance skills to outsmart the Nazis during Hitler’s invasion.

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To Be or Not To Be

Romantic Poetry

Book & Lyrics by John Patrick Shanley
Directed by John Patrick Shanley

Romantic Poetry

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By Itamar Moses
Directed by Daniel Aukin

Does greatness always come with a price? Can only someone with nothing to lose tell the whole truth? From the acclaimed writer of last season’s MTC Stage II hit The Four of Us and Bach at Leipzig comes a stirring new drama about America’s favorite pastime. BACK BACK BACK follows the turbulent careers of three very different teammates in baseball’s steriod era whose clubhouse secrets bring them under federal scrutiny. Directed by Daniel Aukin, formerly the Artistic Director of Soho Rep, this New York premiere reveals a riveting portrait of pressure, paranoia and payback in professional sports.

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The American Plan

Final performance was March 22nd, 2009

By Richard Greenberg
Directed by David Grindley
 
with Kieran Campion, Austin Lysy, Brenda Pressley, Lily Rabe, Mercedes Ruehl

In a 1960s Catskills summer home, an elegant and imperious German-Jewish refugee tries to control her eccentric daughter, who begins to fall for a handsome stranger and longs to escape her mother’s manipulative stronghold.

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The American Plan

Humor Abuse

Created by Lorenzo Pisoni & Erica Schmidt
Directed by Erica Schmidt

with Lorenzo Pisoni

HUMOR ABUSE is the unique story of Pisoni’s upbringing as the youngest member of the Pickle Family Circus, the Bay Area’s tiny big top that entertained thousands of people worldwide and launched the careers of several legendary performers. Filled with the clowning that Pisoni learned at his father’s knee, and the wonder, heartache and complexity of stepping into (and out of) his father’s shoes, HUMOR ABUSE shows that running away with the circus isn’t always all fun and games.

Humor Abuse

Accent on Youth

Final performance was June 28th, 2009

By Samson Raphaelson
Directed by Daniel Sullivan
 
with Lisa Banes, Rosie Benton, Curt Bouril, David Furr, Mary Catherine Garrison, David Hyde Pierce, Byron Jennings, Charles Kimbrough

A successful playwright in his 50s finds love and inspiration in his much-younger secretary. But when his new muse becomes a leading lady in his latest play, she begins to fall for her costar, a man closer to her age.

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Accent on Youth

Ruined

By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Kate Whoriskey

From Lynn Nottage, the Obie Award-winning author of such plays as Fabulation and Intimate Apparel, comes this haunting, probing work about the resilience of the human spirit during times of war. Set in a small mining town in Democratic Republic of Congo, this powerful play follows Mama Nadi, a shrewd businesswoman in a land torn apart by civil war. But is she protecting or profiting by the women she shelters? How far will she go to survive? Can a price be placed on a human life? Directing is Kate Whoriskey, who staged Ms. Nottage’s Fabulation at Playwrights Horizons.

Ruined

2007-08 Season

Mauritius

Final performance was November 25th, 2007

By Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Doug Hughes

with F. Murray Abraham, Dylan Baker, Bobby Cannavale, Katie Finneran, Alison Pill

Following their mother’s death, two half-sisters inherit a stamp collection that could prove valuable. They fight over ownership as they explore the surprisingly seedy underbelly of philately: stamp collecting.

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Mauritius

The Receptionist

By Adam Bock
Directed by Joe Mantello

At the start of a typical day in the Northeast Office, Beverly deals effortlessly with ringing phones and her colleague’s romantic troubles. But the appearance of a charming rep from the Central Office disrupts the friendly routine. And as the true nature of the company’s business becomes apparent, THE RECEPTIONIST raises disquieting, provocative questions about the consequences of complicity with evil.

This is the most intriguing world of THE RECEPTIONIST, a world premiere by Adam Bock, the author of The Thugs and Swimming in the Shallows. Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Joe Mantello (Blackbird at MTC, Wicked), this fascinating play features a terrific cast: Josh Charles (“Sports Night”), Robert Foxworth (“Six Feet Under”), Jayne Houdyshell (a Tony nominee for Well) and Kendra Kassebaum (WickedAssassins).

The Receptionist

Pump Girl

By Abbie Spallen
Directed by Carolyn Cantor

IN THIS GRIPPING PLAY from one of Ireland’s brightest new talents, playwright Abbie Spallen shapes a startling tale of three lives colliding in rural Ireland. The play unfolds with the story of a homely, tomboyish pump girl at a rundown gas station. When a local racetrack star becomes the focus of her obsession, the affair threatens more than the feelings of his disenchanted wife. A blazing success last season in Edinburgh and at London’s renowned Bush Theatre, the play is in the best tradition of richly detailed and unforgettable Irish storytelling.

Pump Girl

Come Back, Little Sheba

Final performance was March 16th, 2008

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By William Inge
Directed by Michael Pressman
 
with Joseph Adams, Kevin Anderson, Chad Hoeppner, Daniel Damon Joyce, Lyle Kanouse, Zoe Kazan, S. Epatha Merkerson, Brian J. Smith

Marie, an attractive young boarder, gives new meaning to the lives of Doc and Lola Delaney, married for 20 years and grindingly unhappy. For Lola, Marie is the child she never had. Doc, a recovering alcoholic, has less than paternal feelings.

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Come Back, Little Sheba

The Four of Us

Final performance was May 18th, 2008

By Itamar Moses
Directed by Pam MacKinnon

The Four of Us

From Up Here

By Liz Flahive and directed by Leigh Silverman

with Jenni Barber, Arija Bareikis, Aya Cash, Brian Hutchison, Will Rogers, Tobias Segal, Joel Van Liew, and Tony Award® winner Julie White

KENNY BARRETT DID SOMETHING that has everyone worried. He wishes he could just make it through the rest of his senior year unnoticed, but that’s going to be hard since he has to publicly apologize to his entire high school. At home, his family is struggling with second marriages, surprise visits, school dances and forgotten dry cleaning.

A darkly funny and unexpectedly moving family story, this world premiere is written by newcomer Liz Flahive and directed by Leigh Silverman (Well).

From Up Here

Top Girls

By Caryl Churchill
Directed by James Macdonald

with Mary Catherine Garrison, Mary Beth Hurt, Jennifer Ikeda, Elizabeth Marvel, Martha Plimpton, Ana Reeder, Marisa Tomei

To celebrate her promotion at the Top Girls Employment Agency, Marlene throws herself a fanciful dinner party. Each attendee is a historical or fictional woman who brings her own tale of struggle and success.

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Top Girls

2006-07 Season

Losing Louie

Final performance was November 26th, 2006

By Simon Mendes da Costa
Directed Jerry Zaks
 
with Matthew Arkin, Scott Cohen, Rebecca Creskoff, Patricia Kalember, Mark Linn-Baker, Michele Pawk, Jama Williamson

Playwright Simon Mendes da Costa explores the effects of childhood and the impact of another generation’s mistakes as two generations of family members work things out in the same bedroom, 50 years apart.

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Losing Louie

Regrets Only

by Paul Rudnick
Directed by Christopher Ashley

with Christine Baranski, Diane Davis, George Grizzard, Jackie Hoffman, Siân Phillips, David Rasche

World Premiere at New York City Center Stage I

From the pen of the inspired Paul Rudnick comes a delicious world premiere comedy of Manhattan manners, exploring the very latest topics in marriage and friendship. The setting: A Park Avenue penthouse. The players: a powerhouse attorney, his deliriously social wife and their closest friend, one of the world’s most staggeringly successful fashion designers. Add a daughter’s engagement, some major gowns, the President of the United States and stir. The wedding gift arrives courtesy of the Obie-winning author of such plays as Jeffrey, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and I Hate Hamlet, and movies like Addams Family Values and In & Out.  Directing is Mr. Rudnick’s frequent collaborator Christopher Ashley, whose MTC credits include Wonder of the World and Between Us.

Regrets Only

The American Pilot

Final performance was December 31st, 2006

By David Greig
Directed by Lynne Meadow

In a rural village in a war-torn country, an American pilot crash-lands. Should the villagers in the region help him, murder him or use him as a pawn in a dangerous game with the enemy? This powerful, topical and very human new play just earned raves at London’s Royal Shakespeare Company. This new production will mark its eagerly anticipated American premiere.

The American Pilot

Translations

Final performance was March 11th, 2007

By Brian Friel
Directed by Garry Hynes
 
with Niall Buggy, Dermot Crowley, David Costabile, Alan Cox, Michael FitzGerald, Morgan Hallett, Geraldine Hughes, Susan Lynch

In 19th-century rural Ireland, a young British officer leads an expedition to survey the landscape and convert the Irish names of age-old landmarks to the King’s English. His struggle to communicate with the Gaelic-speaking villagers reveals a culture far richer, and a people far more dedicated to defending their identity, than he expected.

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Translations

Our Leading Lady

By Charles Busch
Directed by Lynne Meadow

The author of the MTC hit The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, which earned a Tony nomination for Best Play, returns with a truly original play about the theatre.

Laura Keene (Kate Mulgrew), a 19th-century American stage luminary, prepares to perform at Ford’s Theatre on the fateful night when Abraham Lincoln is in the audience.

This new play captures the magic of the theatre as only Charles Busch can. Directing is MTC’s Lynne Meadow, who staged The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.

Our Leading Lady

Blackbird

by David Harrower
Directed by Joe Mantello

One of the most talked about plays to come out of London in years. David Harrower’s BLACKBIRD comes to life at MTC in a thrilling new American production. This powerful, volatile piece begins when Una shows up unexpectedly at the office of Ray, forcing him to come to terms with the effects of their relationship. Una pulls Ray into an encounter that is gripping, surprising and utterly unforgettable. Directing is Joe Mantello, the two time Tony-winning director of Take Me OutWickedAssassins and MTC’s Love! Valour! Compassion!

Blackbird

LoveMusik

Final performance was June 24th, 2007

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Book by Alfred Uhry
Music and Lyrics by Kurt Weill
Directed by Harold Prince

with Michael Cerveris, Donna Murphy, David Pittu, John Scherer, Judy Blazer, Herndon Lackey

The complicated partnership of composer Kurt Weill and his wife and muse, Lotte Lenya, is examined with the aid of Weill’s songs.

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LoveMusik

2005-06 Season

Absurd Person Singular

Final performance was December 4th, 2005

By Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by John Tillinger

with Mireille Enos, Clea Lewis, Sam Robards, Alan Ruck, Deborah Rush, Paxton Whitehead

The radically shifting fortunes of three married couples are examined as they come together for some dubious merriment on three consecutive Christmas Eves.

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Absurd Person Singular

The Other Side

Final performance was January 15th, 2006

by Ariel Dorfman
Directed by Blanka Zizka

with John Cullum, Gene Farber, Rosemary Harris

From the provocative author of Death and the Maiden comes a powerful, timely new play. In a country at war, a man and a woman wait. They pass their days identifying the casaulties. When peace and a border guard arrive, chaos ensues. This moving and strangely comic work raises potent questions about war, identity, and love in our times. Directing is Blanka Zizka, who staged Yellowman at MTC.

The Other Side

Beauty of the Father

Final performance was February 19th, 2006

By Nilo Cruz
Directed by Michael Greif

This powerful New York premiere is by one of today’s most original new writers and the winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. A young woman travels to Spain to visit her estranged father and quickly becomes immersed in his vibrant, artistic world. But will a charming young Moroccan suitor stand in the way of their reconciliation?

This intriguing new drama will take you on a rich and exotic adventure. We’re happy to welcome Michael Greif, director of the Tony Award-winning musical Rent, to MTC.

Beauty of the Father

Rabbit Hole

Final performance was April 9th, 2006

By David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Daniel Sullivan

with Tyne Daly, John Gallagher Jr., Mary Catherine Garrison, Cynthia Nixon, John Slattery

David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play explores the grieving process of a couple who have lost their only child to a senseless car accident and are now attempting to survive the enormous loss that threatens to bring them down.

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Rabbit Hole

Defiance

Final performance was April 23rd, 2006

by John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Doug Hughes

with Chris Bauer, Chris Chalk, Margaret Colin, Stephen Lang, Trevor Long, Jeremy Strong

World Premiere at New York City Center Stage I

An exciting world premiere by the author of the Pulitzer Prize winning play, Doubt, now running on Broadway. DEFIANCE is set on a United States Marine Corps base in North Carolina in 1971. Two officers, one black and one white, are on a collision course over race, women and the high cost of doing the right thing. This riveting surprising new work is about power, love and responsibility – who has it, who wants it and who deserves it. Directing is Doug Hughes, who was honored with a Tony Award for Doubt.

Defiance

Based on a Totally True Story

Final performance was May 28th, 2006

By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Directed by Michael Bush

with Carson Elrod, Erik Heger, Kristine Nielsen, Pedro Pascal, Michael Tucker

New York City Center Stage II

Ethan Keene is a young playwright and comic book writer who’s on the verge of breaking through. When a veteran Hollywood producer decides she wants to turn one of his plays into a horror movie, the frenzy that follows forces him to deal with the real drama in his life – his relationships with his boyfriend and his father. MTC Director of Artistic Production Michael Bush directs the world premiere of this contemporary comedy by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

Based on a Totally True Story

Shining City

Final performance was July 16th, 2006

by Conor McPherson
Directed by Robert Falls

with Brían F. O’Byrne, Oliver Platt, Martha Plimpton, Peter Scanavino

American Premiere at the Biltmore

Originally produced at London’s Royal Court Theater to critical acclaim, SHINING CITY is set in Dublin, where a guilt-ridden man reaches out to a therapist after seeing the ghost of his recently deceased wife.  Wrestling with his own demons, the therapist can only do so much to help. Routine visits between the two men quickly become a gripping struggle to survive, changing both of them for the rest of their lives.

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Shining City

2004-05 Season

Reckless

Final performance was December 19th, 2004

By Craig Lucas
Directed by Mark Brokaw

with Olga Merediz, Debra Monk, Michael O’Keefe, Mary-Louise Parker, Rosie Perez

A housewife discovers her husband has hired a hitman to kill her, sending her out the window and on an unusual series of misadventures in Craig Lucas’s dark comedy, which premiered Off-Off-Broadway in 1983.

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Reckless

Doubt

Final performance was July 2nd, 2006

By John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Doug Hughes

with Cherry Jones, Brian F. O’Byrne, Heather Goldenhersh, Adriane Lenox

A Catholic nun who serves as principal of a 1960s Bronx parochial school accuses a priest of molesting a student in John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

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Doubt

Brooklyn Boy

Final performance was March 27th, 2005

By Donald Margulies
Directed by Daniel Sullivan

with Adam Arkin, Polly Draper, Ari Graynor, Arye Gross, Kevin Isola, Mimi Lieber, Allan Miller

A novelist finally finds success with an autobiographical novel, but just as his career takes off, his marriage, his friendships and his father’s health take sharp turns for the worse.

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Brooklyn Boy

Five By Tenn

Final performance was December 19th, 2004

By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Michael Kahn

Five By Tenn

Moonlight and Magnolias

Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) proudly announce the New York premiere of MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS by Ron Hutchinson, directed by Lynne Meadow.

The cast features (in alphabetical order) Matthew ArkinDavid RascheDouglas Sills and Karen Trott.

The design team for MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS will include Santo Loquasto (set), Jane Greenwood (costumes), Rui Rita (lighting) and Obadiah Eaves (sound).

Set in Hollywood in 1939 and inspired by real events, MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS is a behind-the-scenes account of the collaboration between film producer David O. Selznick (Douglas Sills), director Victor Fleming (David Rasche) and screenwriter Ben Hecht (Matthew Arkin) as they write the screenplay for Gone With The Wind. Completing the cast, Karen Trott plays the role of Miss Poppenghul, Selznick’s secretary.

Moonlight and Magnolias

A Picasso

Final performance was May 29th, 2005

By Jeffrey Hatcher
Directed by John Tillinger

with Dennis Boutsikaris and Jill Eikenberry

A Picasso

After the Night and the Music

Final performance was July 3rd, 2005

By Elaine May
Directed by Daniel Sullivan

with Jeannie Berlin, Jere Burns, Joanna Glushak, Brian Kerwin

A short one-act play, Curtain Raiser, is followed by two longer one-acts, Giving Up Smoking and Swing Time, all dealing with various frustrating romantic encounters from the comic mind of playwright Elaine May.

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After the Night and the Music

2003-04 Season

The Violet Hour

Final performance was December 21st, 2003

By Richard Greenberg
Directed by Evan Yionoulis

with Mario Cantone, Dagmara Dominczyk, Scott Foley, Robert Sean Leonard, Robin Miles

A young publisher struggles to choose his next project while dealing with the appearance of a strange machine that spits out manuscript pages with information about his future.

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The Violet Hour

Rose's Dilemma

Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of ROSE’S DILEMMA, a new play by Neil Simon, will begin performances on Monday, November 24th, 2003. The production, featuring David Aaron Baker, Geneva Carr, John Cullum, and Patricia Hodges, and directed by Lynne Meadow, will open on Thursday, December 18th at Stage I at City Center (131 West 55th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues).

In a Hamptons beach house, celebrated writer Rose Steiner (Patricia Hodges) is at a crossroads. She’s running out of money and needs to write the next “big thing” fast. When her former lover, literary lion Walsh McLaren (John Cullum), has the brainstorm that could make her a fortune, she leaps at the chance. With the help of her assistant Arlene Moss (Geneva Carr) and newcomer Gavin Clancy (David Aaron Baker), how she’ll pull it off is one of the dilemmas in this most intriguing play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony® Award-winning Neil Simon.

The design team includes Thomas Lynch (sets), William Ivey Long (costumes), Pat Collins (lighting), Bruce Ellman (sound) and Paul Huntley (wigs).

Rose's Dilemma

Sarah, Sarah

Final performance was June 6th, 2004

By Daniel Goldfarb
Directed by Mark Nelson

Sarah, Sarah

Between Us

Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) is proud to announce the world premiere of BETWEEN US, a new play by Joe Hortua, directed by Christopher Ashley. BETWEEN US begins previews on Thursday, April 1 at MTC at City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street). Opening night is Tuesday, April 20th.

BETWEEN US features Kate Jennings Grant, David Harbour, Daphne Rubin- Vega and Bradley White. The design team includes Neil Patel (sets), Jess Goldstein (costumes), Christopher Akerlind (lighting) and Darron L. West (sound).

In BETWEEN US, Carlo and Joel have been close friends since graduate school days. Now years have passed, and together with their wives, Grace and Sharyl, they’re buying homes, having kids and growing up. But two nights in each other’s homes reveal how far they’ve also grown apart. This world premiere production explores the ways we change, the compromises we make, and the price we pay for our life choices.

Between Us

Iron

Final performance was December 28th, 2003

By Rona Munro
Directed by Anna D. Shapiro

Iron

Drowning Crow

Final performance was April 4th, 2004

By Regina Taylor
Directed by Marion McClinton

with Aunjanue Ellis, Peter Francis James, Anthony James, Anthony Mackie, Alfre, Woodard, Stephanie Berry, Paul Butler, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Ebony Jo-Ann

Playwright Regina Taylor updates Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull to a world of television and hip-hop. The play is set on the Gullah islands off the coast of South Carolina, where a black family of artists gather to vacation for the summer as tensions and artistic hopes brew.

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Drowning Crow

Sight Unseen

Final performance was July 25th, 2004

By Donald Margulies
Directed by Daniel Sullivan

with Byron Jennings, Laura Linney, Ana Reeder, Ben Shenkman

Celebrated painter Jonathan Waxman reconnects with his former lover Patricia, only to do battle with her over a painting he’d made of her when they were a couple.

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Sight Unseen