Brian Tyree Henry in Family
The actor: As the original General in Broadway’s Book of Mormon, the actor cut his teeth in theatre before migrating to screen work. An Emmy nominee for This Is Us and a regular on Atlanta, Henry returns to Broadway with Lobby Hero later this month.
The movie: Led by Orange Is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling, Family tells the story of a workaholic forced to babysit her brother’s kid. But the socially awkward aunt is in over her head when her bullied niece runs away to become a juggalo.
Screenings: March 11, 12, 15
Colman Domingo in First Match
The actor: The co-writer of the upcoming Summer: The Donna Summer Musical is also a Tony-nominated actor for his performance in 2010’s The Scottsboro Boys. He made his Broadway debut in Lisa Kron’s Well directed by Leigh Silverman and originated the role of Franklin in Passing Strange.
The film: After being shuttled through the foster system, a young teen decides wrestling boys is the best way back to her estranged dad.
Screenings: March 12, 13, 16
John Gallagher Jr. in Sadie
The actor: Gallagher made his Broadway debut in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Rabbit Hole, starring Cynthia Nixon. The Tony-winning actor was last seen on Broadway in the 2016 revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night alongside Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne, and Michael Shannon. Prior to that, he appeared in Jerusalem, starring Mark Rylance, as well as American Idiot. He won the Tony for creating the role of Moritz in the original Broadway production of Spring Awakening.
The film: As Sadie’s father serves multiple military tours overseas, Sadie pines for him while living with her mother. When her mom starts dating a new man, Sadie resorts to extreme measures to end their relationship and preserve her family—no matter what it takes.
Screenings: March 10, 11, 14
Marisa Tomei in Shotgun
The actor: She may be an Oscar winner, but Tomei boasts deep theatre roots. Since her bow in the world premiere of Beirut during MCC’s inaugural season, she has alleged herself to the theatre. She made her Broadway debut in Wait Until Dark in 1998, but has since appeared on the Main Stem in Salome, Top Girls, and 2014’s The Realistic Joneses.
The film: A love story, Shotgun follows party boy Elliott, who is diagnosed with a rare illness shortly after meeting the love of his life.
Screenings: March 9, 10, 15
Finn Wittrock and Jessica Hecht in Write When You Get Work
The actor: Wittrock earned a Theatre World Award for his Broadway debut in the 2012 revival of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and returned to the Great White Way for Sam Gold’s recent revival of The Glass Menagerie as the famed Gentleman Caller.
The actor: Hecht is a veteran Broadway performer with nine Main Stem credits, her most recent Arthur Miller’s The Price at Roundabout Theatre Company with Mark Ruffalo, Tony Shalhoub, and Danny DeVito. Prior to that she made her Broadway musical debut as Golde in Fiddler on the Roof. She’s also appeared in The Assembled Parties, Harvey, A View From the Bridge (for which she earned a Tony nomination), Brighton Beach Memoirs, Julius Caesar, After the Fall, and—her Broadway debut—The Last Night of Ballyhoo.
The film: After years apart, high school classmates Ruth and Johnny bump into each other in New York City—both scraping by. Johnny’s old infatuation is reignited and he tries to edge his way back into Ruth’s life with the help of two friends.
Screenings: March 12, 13, 15
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