MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB
PRODUCTIONS HONORED WITH
SEVEN LUCILLE LORTEL AWARDS
MTC’S BLACKBIRD IS SEASON’S MOST NOMINATED PLAY
WITH FOUR NOMINATIONS
Manhattan Theatre Club productions have been honored with a total of seven Lucille Lortel Award nominations, including four nominations for David Harrower‘s BLACKBIRD which received more nominations than any other play.
Manhattan Theatre Club received nominations in the following categories:
Outstanding Play: Blackbird, written by David Harrower
Outstanding Lead Actor: Jeff Daniels, Blackbird
Outstanding Lead Actress: Jayne Houdyshell, The Receptionist
Outstanding Lead Actress: Alison Pill, Blackbird
Outstanding Scenic Design: Scott Pask, Blackbird
Outstanding Scenic Design: David Zinn, The Four of Us
Outstanding Sound Design: Daniel Baker, The Four of Us
The MTC productions of David Harrower‘s BLACKBIRD and Adam Bock‘s THE RECEPTIONIST have concluded their highly successful extended runs at New York City Center.
The critically acclaimed production of Itamar Moses‘ THE FOUR OF US is currently playing at MTC at New York City Center – Stage II. Directed by Pam MacKinnon (Peter and Jerry, Bach at Leipzig), the two-person cast features Gideon Banner and Michael Esper.
When Benjamin’s (Banner) first novel vaults him into literary stardom, his friend David (Esper), a struggling playwright, is thrilled for his newfound success…or is he? Should Benjamin help David by using his new connections? Can David even expect such favors from his friend? And, most importantly, who should pay for lunch? THE FOUR OF US is a poignant new play about friendship and memory, the gap between our stories and our lives, and what happens when your dreams come true – for your best friend.
The creative team for THE FOUR OF US includes David Zinn (scenic and costume design), Russell H. Champa (lighting design), and Daniel Baker (sound design).
Itamar Moses‘ THE FOUR OF US was named “Outstanding New Play” at the 2008 San Diego Critics Circle Awards.
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. MTC productions have earned numerous awards, including 16 Tony Awards and five Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. Renowned MTC productions include LoveMusik; Blackbird; Translations; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt; Kimberly Akimbo; Proof; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Love! Valour! Compassion!; Sylvia; Four Dogs and a Bone; Putting It Together; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain’t Misbehavin’.
In 2003, MTC reopened Broadway’s landmark, long-neglected Biltmore Theatre, following a two-year, $35 million capital campaign. In addition to the Biltmore, MTC operates two theatres at New York City Center, its Off-Broadway home since 1984.
During Meadow’s sabbatical this season, Daniel Sullivan, a close associate of MTC and director of several Manhattan Theatre Club productions (Rabbit Hole, Brooklyn Boy, Sight Unseen, Proof, Psychopathia Sexualis), is serving as Acting Artistic Director. Sullivan will continue consulting with Meadow and MTC’s artistic staff on the 2007-2008 season. Meadow will return to MTC for the 2008-2009 season and will consult on the planning of that season.
Tickets for THE FOUR OF US are available by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212, online at NYCityCenter.org, or in person at the New York City Center box office (131 West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenue). Tickets are $50.00. Group and student rates are also available. For group ticket information, call (212) 399-3000 x 4132. Student tickets are $25 and will be on sale for all performances based on availability on the day of the performance, up to one hour before showtime. Call (212) 581-1212 for further information. MTC at New York City Center is accessible to people with disabilities and is equipped with a hearing augmentation system.
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