Jeremy Shamos, Mark Blum, Sam Robards Announced for THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES by Richard Greenberg, directed by Lynne Meadow

Manhattan Theatre Club is pleased to announce additional casting for the world premiere of THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES, the new play by Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg, directed by MTC’s award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow. Previously announced Tony nominee Jessica Hecht and Tony and Emmy Award winner Judith Light will be joined by Tony Award nominee Jeremy Shamos, Obie Award winner Mark Blum, and Tony Award nominee Sam Robards.

The limited engagement of THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES will begin previews Tuesday, March 19, 2013 and open Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

Shamos can currently be seen opposite Al Pacino in the revival of Glengarry Glen Ross and last season received a Tony nomination for his performance in Clybourne Park. He previously appeared in MTC’s productions of We Live Here and Reckless. In THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES Shamos will play the role of Jeff, a house guest of the Bascov family.

Blum will play the role of Mort, Faye’s (Judith Light’s) husband in THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES. He recently received critical acclaim for his Off-Broadway performances in Paul Weitz’s Lonely I’m Not and MTC’s world premiere of Zoe Kazan’s We Live Here. He recently concluded a run in the Tony nominated revival of The Best Man.

Robards returns to MTC after appearing in the revival of Absurd Person Singular. He received a 2002 Tony Award nomination for the revival of Arthur Miller’s The Man Who Had All The Luck. In THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES, Robards will play Ben, the husband of Julie (Jessica Hecht).

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 (Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht) and her sister-in-law Faye (Tony and Emmy Award winner Judith Light) bring their families together for their traditional holiday dinner. But tonight, things are not usual. A house guest (Tony nominee Jeremy Shamos) 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.

Greenberg returns to MTC following the acclaimed Broadway revival of his play The American Plan. MTC’s collaboration with Greenberg spans 20 years and has seen the New York premieres of such lauded works as The Violet Hour, Three Days of Rain, and Eastern Standard. This production marks MTC’s 10th collaboration with Greenberg.

The creative team for THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES includes: Santo Loquasto (scenic design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), and Obadiah Eaves (original music & sound design).

Casting for final three roles in THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES and additional listings information including performance schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

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. Over the past three decades, MTC productions have earned a total of 18 Tony Awards and six Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and two Off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include Venus in Fur; Master Class; Good People; The Whipping Man; Time Stands Still; The Royal Family; Ruined; The American Plan; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; Translations; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt; Proof; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Love! Valour! Compassion!; A Small Family Business; Sylvia; Putting It Together; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain’t Misbehavin.’

BIOGRAPHIES

JEREMY SHAMOS (Jeff). Tony, Drama Desk, Lortel nominee and Obie Award winner Shamos is currently in the Broadway production of Glengarry Glen Ross with Al Pacino. He recently received a Tony nomination for his starring role in the Broadway production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Clybourne Park. Prior Broadway includes Elling, Reckless (MTC), and The Rivals. Off-Broadway: Clybourne Park (Drama League and Lortel Award nominations.); Animals Out of Paper (Second Stage, Drama Desk nominee); Engaged (Theatre for a New Audience, Obie Award); We Live Here and Corpus Christi (MTC); The New York Idea (Atlantic); 100 Saints You Should Know and Miss Witherspoon (Playwrights); Gutenberg! The Musical (Actors’ Playhouse/59E59); Observe the Sons of Ulster… (Lincoln Center); Shakespeare (Abridged) (Century Center); Race and The Alchemist (CSC); Stranger (Vineyard); Hamlet, Cymbeline, and Paris Commune (Public). Film: Taking Woodstock, Dedication, The Rebound, Trust the Man. Television: “The Michael Showalter” (pilot), “Fringe,” “L&O Criminal Intent,” “Damages.” MFA NYU Graduate School of Acting.

MARK BLUM (Mort). Broadway: Twelve Angry Men, The Graduate, A Thousand Clowns, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (twice), Lost in Yonkers, My Thing of Love, The Merchant.  Off- Broadway: The Good Mother, Lonely I’m Not, Picked, We Live Here, After the Revolution, The Overwhelming, The Waverly Gallery, The Long Christmas Ride Home, The Music Teacher, The Seagull, Mizlansky/Zilinsky, Gus and Al (Obie), It’s Only A Play, Little Footsteps, Key Exchange, Table Settings, Say Goodnight Gracie. Regional: Long Wharf, Huntington, Old Globe. Film: I Don’t Know How She Does It, The Green, Passing Harold Blumenthal, Step Up 3-D, Desperately Seeking Susan, Crocodile Dundee, Shattered Glass, The Presidio, Blind Date, Worth Winning, Getting to Know You, You Can Thank Me Later, Miami Rhapsody, Indictment: The McMartin Trial, The Defenders, Just Between Friends, Lovesick. TV: “Damages,” “The Good Wife,” “Fringe,” “Jesse Stone,” “The Sopranos,” “The West Wing,” “NYPD Blue,” ”CSI: Miami,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Frasier,” “Ed,” “The Practice,” “Wings,” “St. Elsewhere,” “Capitol News,” and Steve Martini’s “The Judge.” He is on the faculty of Brooklyn College and HB Studio.

SAM ROBARDS (Ben). Broadway: The 39 Steps, Absurd Person Singular, The Man Who Had All the Luck (Tony and Drama Desk nominations, Derwent Award). Off-Broadway: The Overwhelming and Misalliance (Roundabout); The Altruists (Vineyard); Moonchildren, Flux (Second Stage); Album (Cherry Lane); Taking Steps (York). Regional: Bell, Book And Candle, Japes (Bay Street), The Talking Cure (Mark Taper), Burn This (Aspen), Idiot’s Delight (Kennedy Center), The Philadelphia Story (Hartman). Film: Rebound opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones; Grand Street; The Art of Getting By; Perestroika; Surviving Eden; Catch That Kid; Life as a House; AI; Bounce; American Beauty; Beautiful Girls; Casualties of War; Bird; Bright Lights, Big City; Not Quite Paradise; Fandango; Tempest. Television: “Treme,” “The Good Wife,” “Gossip Girl,” “Body of Proof,” “Blue Bloods,” “West Wing,” “Maximum Bob,” “Get a Life,” “Sex and the City,” “Law & Order,” “The Blackwater Lightship,” “Obsessed,” “On Golden Pond,” “Hamlet,” “The Warden,” “Eichmann,” and “Into Thin Air.”

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