33 VARIATIONS ANNOUNCES FULL CASTING

FULL CAST & CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR LIMITED ENGAGEMENT!

REHEARSALS HAVE BEGUN!

 

15 WEEKS ONLY!

JANE FONDA

IN

MOISÉS KAUFMAN’s

NEW PLAY

33 VARIATIONS

 

Also starring

SAMANTHA MATHIS, COLIN HANKS, ZACH GRENIER

DON AMENDOLIA, SUSAN KELLERMANN, ERIK STEELE & DIANE WALSH.

 

Previews begin Monday, February 9th, 2009

Official Opening Monday, March 9th, 2009

on Broadway at the

Eugene O’Neill Theatre

Producer David Binder announced today additional casting and the design team for the upcoming Broadway production of Moisés Kaufman‘s 33 VARIATIONS starring Oscar & Emmy Award winning actress Jane Fonda.

 

Rehearsals began for the cast including Jane Fonda (Katherine Brandt), Samantha Mathis (Clara Brandt), Colin Hanks (Mike Clark), Zach Grenier (Beethoven), Don Amendolia (Anton Diabelli), Susan Kellermann (Dr. Gertie Ladenburger), Erik Steele (Anton Schindler) and Diane Walsh (Pianist).

 

The design team includes Derek McLane (Sets), Janice Pytel (Costumes), David C. Woolard (Additional Costumes), David Lander (Lights), André Pluess (Sound), Jeff Sugg (Projection Design), Charles LaPointe (Hair/Wig Design), Daniel Pelzig (Choreography) and Mark Bly (Dramaturg).

 

Performances begin on Monday, February 9th, 2009 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street).  The official opening will be Monday, March 9th, 2009.  The engagement will play through May 24th, 2009.

 

Moisés Kaufman is both the author and director of 33 VARIATIONS.  This production will mark his Broadway debut as a playwright.  In addition to being the Artistic Director of Tectonic Theater Project, Moisés Kaufman is a Tony and Emmy nominated director and award-winning playwright for I Am My Own Wife & The Laramie Project.

 

David Binder (A Raisin in the Sun) presents the Tectonic Theater Project‘s production of 33 VARIATIONS.  Producers for 33 VARIATIONS also include Ruth Hendel, Barbara Whitman, Hal Goldberg, Eric Schnall, Jayne Baron Sherman, Arielle Tepper Madover and Latitude Link

Tectonic Theater Project is the award winning non-profit theater company behind such plays as The Laramie Project and Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, as well as nationally recognized arts education programs in high schools and universities around the country.

 

Jane Fonda heads a cast of eight in 33 VARIATIONS, a new American play written and directed by Moisés Kaufman, about Katherine Brandt (Jane Fonda) trying to solve a centuries-old mystery about the world’s greatest composer.  Katherine’s obsession takes her from present-day New York to 19th century Austria.  As the music that consumes Katherine comes to life on stage, she races against time to find common ground with her daughter and to embrace the legacy of her own life.

 

 

Oscar & Emmy Award winning Jane Fonda made her Broadway debut in the 1960 play There Was a Little Girl for which she earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured actress.  Her last appearance on Broadway was in the 1963 drama Strange Interlude33 VARIATIONS marks her return to Broadway after 46 years.  Samantha Mathis returns to Broadway following her performance of “Hester Falk” in Arthur Miller’s The Man Who Had All the Luck opposite Chris O’Donnell.  TV credits include a recurring role on “Grey’s Anatomy” (“Melinda”), “Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom’s For One More Day” and “Lost”.  Movie credits include Pump up the Volume, The Thing called Love, American Psycho, and upcoming The New Daughter alongside Kevin Costner.  Colin Hanks is making his Broadway debut following a recurring role on AMC’s “Mad Men” (“Father John Gill”).  His movie credits include W., The House Bunny and King KongZach Grenier portrayed the role of “Beethoven” in 33 Variations at La Jolla Playhouse and was most recently on Broadway in A Man for All Seasons starring Frank Langella.

 

 

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for 33 VARIATIONS are currently on-sale to the general public and are available by visiting Telecharge.com, calling (212) 239-6200 and at the box office of the Eugene O’Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street). 

 

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

33 VARIATIONS will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday and Saturday matinee at 2:00PM and Sunday matinee at 3:00PM.  (Please note: There will be a performance on Monday, February 9th, 2009 at 8PM; There will not be a performance on February 11th at 2PM, February 15th or March 10th, 2009.)  Tuesdays at 7PM begin on March 17th, 2009.

 

 

33 VARIATIONS premiered on August 30, 2007 at Arena Stage, Washington, D.C. (Molly Smith, Artistic Director & Guy Bergquist, Interim Managing Director).  A production of 33 Variations was produced in 2008 by The La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, California (Christopher Ashley, Artistic Director & Joan Cumming, Managing Director).  33 Variations was developed with assistance from The Sundance Institute Theatre Program, The Orchard Project Theatre Residency Program, The Davis Performing Arts Center and Theater and Performance Studies at Georgetown University, and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 

 

 

BIOGRAPHIES:

JANE FONDA (Katherine Brandt).  Having enjoyed tremendous success as a stage and screen actress, Jane Fonda now focuses much of her time on activism and social change – with much of her work devoted to the program she founded in 1995, the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (G-CAPP).  Fonda chairs this statewide effort to reduce the high rates of adolescent pregnancy in Georgia through community, youth and family development, training of professionals who work with adolescents, and legislative advocacy.  Fonda has long been known for activism and advocacy on environmental issues, human rights, and the empowerment of women and girls.  In 2000, Fonda traveled to Nigeria and produced a film, in collaboration with the International Women’s Health Coalition, entitled “Generation 2000: Changing Girls’ Realities.”  Fonda is a member of the Women & Foreign Policy Advisory Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations; the board of Women’s Media Center, which she co-founded in 2004; and she sits on the board of V-Day: Until The Violence Stops, a global effort to stop violence against women begun in 1998 by Eve Ensler, author of “The Vagina Monologues.”  At the Emory School of Medicine, Fonda established the Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health which engages in research, curriculum development and trainings that broaden understanding of adolescent development and reproductive health and enhance service delivery to children, youth and families.  In addition, Fonda’s gift has endowed a faculty chair in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Emory University School of Medicine named the Marion Howard Chair in Adolescent Reproductive Health.  In 1994, Fonda was named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund.  Fonda was born in New York City in 1937, the daughter of Henry Fonda and Frances Seymour Fonda.  She attended the Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, and Vassar College.  In her late teens, Fonda studied with renowned acting coach Lee Strasberg and became a member of the Actors Studio in New York.  Her subsequent work on stage and screen earned numerous nominations and awards, including Oscars (Best Actress in 1971 for Klute and in 1978 for Coming Home) and an Emmy for her performance in The Dollmaker.  Along with starring roles in dozens of highly acclaimed productions, Fonda also took on responsibilities as a film and television producer.  Her credits include Coming Home, The China Syndrome, Nine to Five, Rollover, On Golden Pond, The Morning After and The Dollmaker.  Fonda revolutionized the fitness industry with the release of Jane Fonda’s Workout in 1982.  She followed with the production of 23 home exercise videos, 13 audio recordings, and five books – selling 16 million copies all together.  The original Jane Fonda’s Workout video remains the top grossing home video of all time.  In May 2005, Random House published Fonda’s memoirs, “My Life So Far,” which immediately went to #1 on The New York Times Best Sellers list. That same spring “Monster-in-Law,” her first film in 15 years, also became the #1 box office hit making Fonda the first person to simultaneously have a #1 book and #1 movie.  Fonda’s most recent film, Georgia Rule, opened in spring 2007.  Fonda is an avid reader, hiker, fly fisherwoman and yoga enthusiast.  She lives in Atlanta, along with her daughter Vanessa Vadim, and her two grandchildren.  Her son, Troy Garity, lives in Los Angeles and is an actor.

 

SAMANTHA MATHIS (Clara Brandt).  A native of New York City, Samantha Mathis has crafted a distinguished career in television, film and theatre. Samantha will return to Broadway as, Clara Brandt in the show 33 Variations starring alongside Jane Fonda and Colin Hanks which opens in March.  Samantha has wrapped filming three films, a thriller The New Daughter, opposite Kevin Costner, The Chaos Theory, opposite Milo Ventimiglia and Mimi Rogers, and Lebanon opposite Josh Hopkins and Mary Beth Hurt. Samantha can soon be seen guest starring on a 3 episode arc this season on “Grey’s Anatomy”.  Samantha’s television credits include the highly acclaimed TNT miniseries, “Nightmare’s and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King.”  Also on TNT, she starred opposite Rob Lowe, Andre Braugher and Donald Sutherland in “Salem’s Lot.”  She was seen in the series “First Years,” the telefilm Collected Stories” for PBS and the critically lauded miniseries “The Mists of Avalon.” Last year she was seen in the Hallmark Channel movie “A Stranger’s Heart,” and “Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom’s For One More Day.” Samantha was also seen on an episode of ABC’s hit series “Lost.”  Samantha burst onto the film scene in Pump Up The Volume opposite Christian Slater, followed by the film The Thing Called Love alongside River Pheonix.  Additional film credits include a starring role opposite John Travolta in The Punisher, Attraction, The Simian Line, American Psycho, Broken Arrow, The American President, How to Make an American Quilt, Jack and Sarah, Little Women, This is My Life, The Music of Chance and Touched.  Samantha’s indy film credits include Believe in Me, Local Color and playing alongside Kathy Baker, Clea Duvall and Bradley Whitford in Fathers and Sons.  In 2002, Mathis made her Broadway debut in Arthur Miller’s The Man Who Had All the Luck opposite Chris O’Donnell. She has also made stage appearances starring opposite Tony Award-winner Linda Lavin in Collected Stories‘ at the Geffen Playhouse and Fortin Bras at the Signature Theater in New York.  Samantha is as enthusiastic about her philanthropic work as she is with her acting and entrepreneurial roles.  Her work with Amnesty International on their Stop the Violence Campaign Against Women has done much to stop the femicide in Guatemala.  She is also a longtime supporter of New Leash on Life, the largest no-kill animal shelter in Los Angeles.

 

COLIN HANKS (Mike Clark) is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s most sought-after new leading men. He will be seen in the upcoming Broadway show, 33 Variations, where he will star opposite Jane Fonda and Samantha Mathis.  Hanks portrays Troy Gable, an aspiring writer who takes a job as a tour manager for an aging magician known as The Great Buck Howard with John Malcovich.  The film premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival and is scheduled for a limited release in March.  Hanks was recently seen playing George W. Bush’s speechwriter in the political drama, W alongside Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Banks.  This past summer Hanks starred as Anna Faris’ love interest in the comedy, House Bunny.    Hanks also starred opposite Diane Lane in the thriller Untraceable for director Gregory Hoblit.  Additional film credits include King Kong, Orange County, Get Over It, Alone With Her , Standing Still, Rx, 11:14, Whatever It Takes and Steven Spielberg’s award-winning 10-part miniseries Band of Brothers for HBO.  Colin’s recent television credits include playing the role of Father Gil on the Emmy Award winning drama series Mad Men.  In 2002, Colin appeared, to critical acclaim, in the theatrical performance of This Is Our Youth, written by Ken Lonergan at the Garrick Theater in London’s West End.

 

ZACH GRENIER (Beethoven) is a proud member of the “That Guy” club, having graced over 30 films with indelible performances in roles major and minor.  His film credits include David Fincher’s Zodiac and Fight Club, in which he played the pivotal role of Boss to Ed Norton’s Jack; Ang Lee’s Ride with the Devil, and Werner Herzog’s Rescue Dawn.  While he’s developed a cult following from such independents as Liebestraum, A Shock to the System, and Chasing Sleep, he has also appeared in his fair share of major theatrical releases, including Tommy Boy, Twister, and Swordfish.  On television, he has moved from one critically acclaimed series to the next.  He played the Iago-like Carl Webb on the first day of 24 and was featured as Andy Cramed, the man who brought the plague to town, on David Milch’s late, lamented Deadwood.  On Showtime’s production of Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor, directed by Richard Benjamin and starring Nathan Lane, he played a maniacally chain-smoking comedy writer.  He also had the opportunity to star in two highly praised series, C16:FBI and Touching Evil, rising from FBI agent in the former to special unit squad captain in the latter.  Zach’s roots are in theatre, and he has performed on stages from Maine to Alaska.  He was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for his performance as Yvan in the Chicago production of Yasmina Reza’s Art at the Royal George Theatre.  He was honored to play the title roles in Uncle Vanya and Tartuffe at Yale Rep, the latter a co-production with Princeton’s McCarter Theatre; and, at the La Jolla Playhouse, he appeared in 33 Variations.  In New York, he has appeared in productions ranging from the experimental plays of Richard Foreman and Mac Wellman to more naturalistic fare at the Circle Repertory Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Ensemble Studio Theatre, of which he is a member. At Circle Rep, he had the privilege of working with the great Julie Harris in Fiery Furnace.  He originated the role of Dr. Chapman in David Rabe’s A Question of Mercy at New York Theatre Workshop, a performance that earned him an Outstanding Artist Award from the Drama League.  His performance as Dick Cheney in David Hare’s Stuff Happens at the New York Shakespeare Festival was recognized with Ensemble Awards by both the Drama League and the Drama Desk. On Broadway, he appeared most recently in the Roundabout Theatre Company production of A Man for All Seasons as Thomas Cromwell opposite Frank Langella.  He is delighted to be back on Broadway and continuing the wonderful journey of 33 Variations again. 

 

DON AMENDOLIA (Anton Diabelli). Film: “Skeletons in the Closet,” “The Secret of My Success,” “Fearless,” “Ed Wood,” “Bounce,” “Wayne’s World,” “12:01 PM” (Oscar nomination – Best Short Film), “Boogie Nights”, “A Walk in the Clouds”, “Fearless”. Broadway: Stepping Out, My One and Only. Off-Broadway: Terrence McNally’s Some Men (at the 2nd Stage) and Dedication, Cloud Nine (original cast), The Firebugs. Television – over 30 guest starring roles: “Seinfeld,” “Frasier,” “Ellen,” “LA Law,” “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” “Perfect Strangers,” “Twin Peaks,” “Law & Order,” “Precious Victims.” Regional – over 50 productions: Guthrie Theater, Cricket Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, LA Stage Company, Houston Grand Opera and the premiere productions of Some Men at the Philadelphia Theatre Company and Moisés Kaufman’s 33 Variations at Arena Stage. As a Director: Steppenwolf Theatre, Seven Angels Theatre, Seacoast Repertory, Reprise LA, Dallas Summer Music Hall, Helen Hayes Repertory Theatre and on television: “Harry & the Hendersons” and “Growing Pains.” LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Cloud Nine;  Dramalogue Awards for Stepping Out and Four Fathers.

 

SUSAN KELLERMANN (Dr. Gertie Ladenburger).  Broadway: Last Licks (Theatre World Award), Whose Life Is It Anyway, Lunch Hour, Judgment In Nuremberg; National Tour: An Inspector Calls. Off Broadway/regional includes Book Of Days, Moon Over Miami, 2 Lives, Ivanov and 33 Variations. Films: Last Holiday, Devil’s Advocate, Beetlejuice, Couch Trip, Secret Of My Success, Elvira among others, and numerous TV appearances. Ms. Kellermann would like to acknowledge the great support and patience of her friends!  And always, Sandy Meisner.

 

ERIK STEELE (Anton Schindler).  Broadway: Inherit The Wind (Lyceum), Tartuffe (Roundabout);  Off-Broadway: The Importance Of Being Earnest and The Mandrake (Pearl), Bloody Poetry (Synapse), The Rivals and Macbeth (Acting Company);  Regional: 33 Variations (La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage), Love’s Labours Lost, Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Pericles (Shakespeare Theater), Pericles (Goodman), The Mystery Of Irma Vep (Berkeley Rep), The Retreat From Moscow and The Importance of Being Earnest (Repertory Theater of St. Louis), The Pavilion and Tartuffe (Two River), Rough Crossing (Virginia Stage), Present Laughter (Pioneer), Charley’s Aunt, (Olney), Stones In His Pockets (Hangar), The Invention Of Love (Guthrie);  BA, Vassar College;  MFA, NYU Graduate Acting Program.

 

DIANE WALSH (Pianist).  Soloist with acclaimed American and European orchestras, recitals in major venues in North and South America, Europe, and Russia. Winner of Munich ARD Competition, Salzburg Mozart Competition, Young Concert Artists, and many other awards. 33 Variations (Arena Stage, La Jolla Playhouse.) Artistic director, Skaneateles Festival, 1999-2004. Fifteen recordings including Beethoven: 33 Variations (Jonathan Digital Recordings) available online. A Steinway Artist, Ms. Walsh makes her Broadway debut in this production.www.dianewalsh.com.

 

MOISÉS KAUFMAN (Playwright & Director) is a Tony and Emmy nominated director and award-winning playwright.  His plays Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and The Laramie Project have been among the most performed plays in America over the last decade.  Mr. Kaufman also directed the Pulitzer and Tony award-winning play I Am My Own Wife, earning him an Obie award for his direction as well as Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel nominations.  Other recent credits include: 33 Variations (La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage); Macbeth with Liev Schreiber (Public Theater); Lady Windermere’s Fan (Williamstown Theater Festival); This Is How It Goes (Donmar Warehouse); One Arm by Tennessee Williams (Steppenwolf Theater Company); and Master Class with Rita Moreno (Berkeley Repertory Theater).  As a writer/ director: Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Joe Callaway Award, GLAAD Media Award); The Laramie Project (Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk noms, GLAAD Media Award).  Mr. Kaufman also directed the film adaptation of The Laramie Project for HBO, which was the opening night selection at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and won the National Board of Review Award, the Humanitas Prize and a Special Mention for Best First Film at the Berlin Film Festival. The film also earned Mr. Kaufman two Emmy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Writer. He is the Artistic Director of Tectonic Theater Project and a Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting. 

 

TECTONIC THEATER PROJECT (Moisés Kaufman, Artistic Director; Jeff LaHoste, Co-Founder and Senior Producer; Greg Reiner, Executive Director; and Dominick Balletta, General Manager) is an award-winning company whose plays have been performed around the world. Since 1992 TTP has produced innovative works that explore theatrical language and form, fostering an artistic dialogue with our audiences on the social, political and human issues of the day. The company has developed and produced works for theater and film, including: the smash hit Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde; The Laramie Project (one of the most produced plays in the country, as well as an HBO movie written and directed by Kaufman); and I Am My Own Wife (2004 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play). Tectonic has garnered numerous awards including the Humanitas Prize, the Obie, the Lucille Lortel Award, The Outer Critics Circle Award, the GLAAD Media Award, and the Making a Difference Award from the Matthew Shepard Foundation. The film of The Laramie Project was also honored with four Emmy nominations, The National Board of Review Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie and a Golden Bear Award from the Berlin Film Festival. As a non-profit laboratory we are grateful for the long-term support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Greenwall Foundation, The Arcus Foundation, The Small Change Foundation, The Educational Foundation of America, Shawn Donnelley, Judy Dimon, and the donors and friends of Tectonic. For more information on the company, visit www.tectonictheaterproject.org.

 

DAVID BINDER (Producer) has spent the last decade bringing new artists and audiences to the theater. He produced the first Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A Raisin in the Sun, starring Sean Combs, Audra McDonald, Phylicia Rashad and Sanaa Lathan. The Tony Award winning production was widely recognized for bringing in the most diverse audience Broadway had seen in decades. David is the original producer of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s rowdy, loud, and ultimately sweet rock n’ roll musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Off-Broadway, at De La Guarda, a group of flying Argentines literally lifted a young international crowd off its feet for more than six years. David has brought the show everywhere from London to Las Vegas, Tokyo to Tel Aviv. With Lisa Kron’s 2.5 Minute Ride (New York and San Francisco), and Kenny Lonergan’s Lobby Hero (with the Donmar in the West End), David showed his support for new writing that is polemical, political, and hilarious. Other credits include The Public Sings: A 50th Anniversary Celebration for the Public Theater and the Donmar productions of Guys and Dolls and Frost/Nixon.  He is currently producing Fuerza Bruta the new show from the creators of De La Guarda.

 

 

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