MTC Announces Complete Casting for THE MADRID with Edie Falco

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director), Barry Grove (Executive Producer), and Mandy Greenfield (Artistic Producer) are pleased to announce full casting for Manhattan Theatre Club’s upcoming world premiere of THE MADRID, the new play by Liz Flahive, directed by Leigh Silverman.

Previously announced cast members Tony Award nominee John Ellison Conlee (Murder Ballad at MTC), Four-time Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie,” The House of Blue Leaves, “The Sopranos”), Drama Desk Award winner Heidi Schreck (Circle Mirror Transformation), Phoebe Strole (Spring Awakening), two-time Tony Award winner Frances Sternhagen (The Heiress), and Christopher Evan Welch (Lincoln) are joined by Brooke Ashley Laine (New York debut), and Seth Clayton (MTC debut).

Rehearsals for THE MADRID start today, January 8 with previews for the limited engagement beginning Tuesday, February 5 and opening Tuesday, February 26 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

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.

Falco stars as Martha, a kindergarten teacher with a life many would want: a loving husband (Conlee), a devoted daughter (Strole). 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 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.

The creative team for THE MADRID includes: David Zinn (scenic design), Emily Rebholtz (costume design), Jeff Croiter (lighting design), Jill BC Du Boff (sound design), and Tom Kitt (original music).

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). Since January 2011, Mandy Greenfield (Artistic Producer) has taken the lead in programming and execution at MTC’s Off-Broadway home. 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.’

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  • Tickets for THE MADRID are available via the New York City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street), CityTix® (212-581-1212) and
  • Tickets for THE MADRID are $85.


  • TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5 – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday at 7 PM; Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18 – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24: Tuesday at 7 PM; Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25 – SUNDAY, MARCH 3 (OPENING WEEK): Wednesday and Sunday at 7 PM; Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. There will only be seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
  • MONDAY, MARCH 4 – SUNDAY, MARCH 10: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM; Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, MARCH 11 – SUNDAY, MARCH 17: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM; Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM. There will only be seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
  • MONDAY, MARCH 18 – SUNDAY, APRIL 14: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM; Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.


LIZ FLAHIVE (Playwright). Flahive’s first play, From Up Here, premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2008 and received the John Gassner Playwriting Award from the Outer Critics Circle. From Up Here was also nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. Her plays have been developed at Williamstown Theater Festival, Naked Angels, Keen Company, Sundance Institute Playwrights Retreat at Ucross Foundation and Ars Nova. Founding member: Playgroup (Ars Nova). Recipient of MTC’s Bank of America New Play Commission. Liz is a proud, longtime volunteer with The 52nd Street Project. She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Department of Dramatic Writing and is currently a producer on the Showtime original series “Nurse Jackie.”

LEIGH SILVERMAN (Director). Broadway: David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish, Lisa Kron’s Well. Recent world premieres: Chinglish (Goodman Theater, Jeff nomination; West Coast/Hong Kong tour), In the Wake (Center Theatre Group/Berkeley Repertory Theatre and The Public Theater, Obie Award, Lortel nomination), No Place to Go (Public Theater; Two River Theater), Go Back to Where You Are (Playwrights Horizons, Obie Award), Close Up Space (MTC), From Up Here (MTC, Drama Desk nomination), Yellow Face (Center Theatre Group/The Public Theater), Coraline (MCC/True Love), Beebo Brinker Chronicles (Hourglass Group/37 Arts), Creature (New Georges/P73), Hunting and Gathering (Primary Stages), Well (The Public Theater; Huntington Theatre; ACT), The Retributionists (Playwrights Horizons), Blue Door (Playwrights Horizons; Seattle Repertory Theatre), Oedipus at Palm Springs (NYTW); also Golden Child (Signature Theatre), and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Second Stage Theatre); and many regional productions. West End: Wit. She is Artistic Associate at Two River Theater and on the Board of SDC.

SETH CLAYTON (Dylan) makes his Off-Broadway debut in The Madrid. New York credits include Miss Nelson Is Missing! (Atlantic Theater Company), Romeo and Juliet (directed by Anya Saffir), and The Cat’s Pajamas (directed by Haley Joel Osment). He toured New Jersey schools with the George St. Playhouse, where he also understudied for It Shoulda Been You! (directed by David Hyde Pierce). Clayton received his BFA from NYU’s Tisch School and is a founding member of Pipeline Theatre Company. To learn more, visit

JOHN ELLISON CONLEE (Michael) recently appeared in MTC’s acclaimed world premiere musical Murder Ballad. Broadway: The Full Monty (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics nominations), The Constant Wife, 1776. Encores! series: Anyone Can Whistle and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Off-Broadway includes Pig Farm (Roundabout), The Butter and Egg Man, Once in a Lifetime, and The Bald Soprano (All Atlantic), The Green Heart (MTC), and others. Recently appeared in Luther (Clubbed Thumb); also The Rivals, As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew, and Threepenny Opera at Williamstown; Measure for Measure, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Henry VIII at Shakespeare in the Park; Lips Together, Teeth Apart at Westport; and many many shows with The 52nd Street Project, which is one of his favorites. Film and television credits include recurring roles on “Parks & Recreation” (NBC) and “Brotherhood” (Showtime), as well as roles on “Common Law” (USA), “Medium” (CBS), “Law & Order,” “Third Watch,” “Spin City,” and others, and the films Brief Reunion, The Rebound, Serendipity, Kinsey, Trust the Man, and others. He also appeared in the film So Close, which he co-produced. He received an MFA from NYU.

EDIE FALCO (Martha) was last seen on Broadway as Bananas in The House of Blue Leaves (Drama Desk Award for Best Featured Actress, Tony Award Nomination). She made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning play Sideman (Theatre World Award). Other Broadway credits include Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune and ‘Night Mother. Falco is currently starring as Jackie in the hit Showtime series “Nurse Jackie” for which she won the Emmy Award for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. As Carmela Soprano in “The Sopranos” Falco received three Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and two SAG Awards for Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Film credits include Cost of Living, Sunshine State, Laws of Gravity, Freedomland, Judy Berlin, and 3 Backyards.

BROOKE ASHLEY LAINE (Little Girl) is an outgoing young girl from Long Island, NY who began acting a year and half ago. She was scouted by Prestige Management Group at an open call and shortly after began booking print jobs for Toys “R” Us. Her other recent credits include a Leapfrog commercial which is currently running on cable and a final callback for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway. She loves acting, reading and getting her picture taken.

HEIDI SCHRECK (Becca). Schreck’s recent credits include How The World Began (Women’s Project), The Language Archive (Roundabout Theatre Company), Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons, 2010 Theatre World Award, Drama Desk and OBIE award for ensemble), Drum Waves (Two-Headed Calf, 2008 OBIE Award for performance), and Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Williamstown Theatre Festival). She has also worked at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Center Theatre Group, The Long Wharf, Sundance Theatre Lab, The Empty Space Theatre, New York Stage and Film, 13P, Clubbed Thumb, Bay Street Theatre, The Talking Band, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Schreck is an affiliated artist with Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, and Two-Headed Calf, and travels frequently with Outside the Wire’s Theatre of War, performing Ajax at military bases around the world. Heidi is also a playwright whose work has been produced by Rattlestick Theatre, Page 73, and New Georges. She is currently working on commissions from MTC (Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Initiative) and True Love productions, and teaches playwriting at Primary Stages. In her former life, she worked as a reporter in Russia. TV/Film: “The Good Wife,” “Law and Order SVU,” Clutter, Hedda Gabler, Perfidia.

FRANCES STERNHAGEN (Rose) has received two Tony Awards for her performances in The Good Doctor and The Heiress. She has been nominated five other times for her performances in Equus, On Golden Pond, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, Angel, and Morning’s at Seven.  She is also well-known for her feisty portrayal of the title character in the off-Broadway production of Driving Miss Daisy. Film credits include: Julie & Julia; The Mist; Highway; It All Came True; Raising Cain; Doc Hollywood; Misery; Sibling Rivalry; See You In The Morning; Communion; Bright Lights, Big City; Romantic Comedy; Independence Day; Outland; FedoraTwo People; and The Hospital. Television: “Cheers” (for which she received two Emmy nominations), “Parenthood,” “Becker,” “Law & Order,” “The Road Home,” “Golden Years,” “The Closer,” “ER,” and “Sex & The City.”

PHOEBE STROLE (Sarah) was last seen in the New York City premiere of Dan LeFranc’s The Big Meal at Playwrights Horizons. Other theater credits include Spring Awakening (original cast), The Metal Children (Vineyard), F2M (New York Stage & Film), Parade (Center Theater Group), Mourning Becomes Electra (New Group), A Different Moon (Penguin Rep). Film and television: Hamlet 2, My One and Only, The Lonely Pair, Sorority Wars, “30 Rock,” “Mercy,” “Rescue Me,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and “Stella.”

CHRISTOPHER EVAN WELCH (Danny). Broadway: Festen, The Crucible, London Assurance. Off-Broadway: The Coward, The Little Foxes, Our House, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Romeo and Juliet (NYSF), The Scene, The Pain and the Itch, Romance, Writer’s Block, Much Ado About Nothing (NYSF), Othello, Measure for Measure (NYSF), A Skull in Connemara, A Streetcar Named Desire (Obie Award), Scapin (Encore Award). Regional: Steppenwolf, Williamstown, Long Wharf, Seattle Rep, Guthrie, Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, Humana Festival. Film: The Master, Lincoln, Admission, Syrup, Our Idiot Brother, Whatever Works, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Synecdoche, New York, The Hoax, The Good Shepherd, The Interpreter, War of the Worlds, The Stepford Wives, Keane, Marie and Bruce, Chinese Coffee. Television: “Golden Boy,” “Elementary,” “Rubicon” (series regular), “Nurse Jackie,” “Law & Order,” “The Sopranos,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order: CI,” “The Practice,” “Third Watch,” and “The Book of Daniel.”

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