Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce three productions for Manhattan Theatre Club’s upcoming 2012-2013 theatrical season.
MTC’s Broadway season at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) will begin this fall with the American premiere of Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s new version of AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE by Henrik Ibsen, directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt, The Royal Family, The Whipping Man, Defiance) starring four-time Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines, currently appearing in MTC’s The Columnist (Contact, The Heidi Chronicles) and Emmy Award winner Richard Thomas (Race, Democracy, Fifth of July).
MTC’s Off-Broadway season at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street) will begin this fall with the New York premiere of GOLDEN AGE, the new play by four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally (Master Class, The Lisbon Traviata, Love! Valour! Compassion!), directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie (Venus in Fur, Chicago, The Submission).
Also part of MTC’s Off-Broadway season will be the world premiere of THE MADRID, the new play by Liz Flahive (From Up Here, “Nurse Jackie”), directed by two-time Obie Award winner Leigh Silverman (Chinglish, From Up Here, In the Wake) starring four-time Emmy Award winner and Tony nominee Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie,” House of Blue Leaves, “The Sopranos”).
MTC Artistic Director Lynne Meadow said, “I am looking forward to a season of new plays and new perspectives on world renowned works. I’m thrilled to open the Broadway season with Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s vibrant new version of Ibsen’s AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE with Doug Hughes directing the American premiere for us at the Friedman Theatre. It has been 40 years since the play was last seen on Broadway and the power and humanity of Ibsen’s masterpiece is as timely as ever – especially in the fall election season.”
MTC Artistic Producer Mandy Greenfield, who leads programming and execution at MTC’s Off-Broadway home at New York City Center, said, “I am delighted that we will open our Off-Broadway season with Terrence McNally and Walter Bobbie creating a new production for the New York premiere of GOLDEN AGE. I am also thrilled to bring playwright Liz Flahive and director Leigh Silverman back together at MTC, following our successful collaboration on From Up Here, for the world premiere of Liz’s MTC-commissioned play THE MADRID. We are especially excited that we’ll be joined by Edie Falco to create the role of Martha in this beautiful, funny, and sensitive play.”
Meadow and Greenfield are finalizing plans for the rest of the 2012-2013 season and will announce additional productions in the coming weeks.
ON BROADWAY AT MTC’S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE
AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE
By HENRIK IBSEN
A new version by REBECCA LENKIEWICZ
Directed by DOUG HUGHES
Starring BOYD GAINES and RICHARD THOMAS
Previews Begin: Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Opening Night: Thursday, September 27, 2012
Tony winner Doug Hughes (Doubt, The Royal Family, The Whipping Man, Defiance) returns to MTC to direct a fresh and provocative version of Henrik Ibsen’s AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, starring four-time Tony winner Boyd Gaines (The Columnist, Contact, The Heidi Chronicles) and Golden Globe and Emmy winner Richard Thomas (Race, Democracy, Fifth of July).
When Dr. Thomas Stockmann (Boyd Gaines) discovers toxic contamination in the water used at the local baths, he expects to be hailed as a hero. But since the baths are the town’s main source of revenue, the community fights to silence him… and Dr. Stockmann learns that there are forces more powerful than truth. An incisive tale about the high price of free expression, AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE makes a timely return to the New York stage in this bold new version by one of Britain’s most exciting young writers, Rebecca Lenkiewicz.
In addition to Gaines as Dr. Thomas Stockmann, Richard Thomas will play Peter Stockmann mayor of the town and brother of Dr. Thomas Stockmann.
Additional casting and creative team for AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE will be announced shortly.
MTC AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE I
New York premiere by TERRENCE McNALLY
Directed by WALTER BOBBIE
Previews Begin: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Opening Night: Thursday, December 4, 2012
Four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally returns to MTC’S Stage I with GOLDEN AGE, his new play chronicling the backstage drama at one of the most fabled first nights in operatic history. Tony winner Walter Bobbie (Chicago, Venus in Fur, The Submission) directs this New York premiere production.
It’s opening night of Vincenzo Bellini’s new opera I Puritani in Paris in 1835. The Italian composer is determined to win the adulation of not only his French audience, but his colleagues and rivals as well. Everything depends on it.
Celebrating the timeless beauty of 19th century bel canto opera, GOLDEN AGE portrays the final act of an artist whose desire for greatness has eclipsed all else.
Casting and creative team for GOLDEN AGE will be announced shortly.
MTC AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE I
World premiere play by LIZ FLAHIVE
Directed by LEIGH SILVERMAN
Starring EDIE FALCO
Previews Begin: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Opening Night: Thursday, February 26, 2013
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 was commissioned through the Bank of America New American Play Program.
Additional casting and creative team for THE MADRID will be announced shortly.
Subscriptions for MTC’s 2012-2013 season are now available by calling (212) 399-3050 (Monday through Friday NOON – 10 PM, Saturday 3-6:30 PM) or online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com. Single tickets to the productions will go on sale at a later date.