Brian Murray and Sarah Paulson Join Off-Broadway Cast of MCC's Colder Than Here

News   Brian Murray and Sarah Paulson Join Off-Broadway Cast of MCC's Colder Than Here Brian Murray and Sarah Paulson join Judith Light and Lily Rabe in the cast of the upcoming MCC Theatre Off-Broadway staging of Laura Wade's Colder Than Here.
Brian Murray and Sarah Paulson
Brian Murray and Sarah Paulson

Soho Theatre Company artistic director Abigail Morris stages the new work which will run Sept. 7-Oct. 15 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Opening night is slated for Sept. 28.

The drama by Wade (Breathing Corpses) centers around "Myra, the perfect homemaker… industrious, ultra organized… puts her full attention to organizing every detail of her own impending funeral." Colder Than Here made its world premiere at London's Soho Theatre in February 2005 with Morris directing a cast that included Margot Leicester, Georgia Mackenzie, Anna Madeley and Michael Pennington.

Murray was last seen on the MCC stage in 2003's Scattergood. The actor, recently seen in the revival of The Rivals, garnered a Tony Award nomination for his previous Broadway turn in the revival of The Crucible. His other credits include Much Ado About Nothing, Beckett/ Albee, The Play About The Baby, Hobson's Choice, The Butterfly Collection and Uncle Vanya.

Paulson recently played Laura to Jessica Lange's Amanda in the Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie. The actress, who enjoyed a recurring role on HBO's "Deadwood," has also been seen Off-Broadway in Killer Joe and Horton Foote's Talking Pictures. Other credits include the films "Down With Love," "Serenity," "What Women Want," "The Other Sister," and television's "Leap of Faith" "Path to War," "Jack & Jill" and "American Gothic."

Light, known to television audiences for her role as matriarch in "Who's the Boss?," has previously collaborated with MCC on Wit — both Off-Broadway (replacing original star Kathleen Chalfant) and for the national tour. Her other stage credits include Broadway's A Doll's House (1975) and Herzl (1976) and Off Broadway's Measure For Measure and Sorrows and Rejoicings. Rabe — real-life daughter to actress Jill Clayburgh (upcoming A Naked Girl on the Appian Way and Barefoot in the Park) and playwright David Rabe (Hurlyburly) — was recently lauded for her current Broadway debut in Steel Magnolias. Other credits include The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas workshop, White Jesus, Speaking Well of the Dead, The Crazy Girl and film roles in "Mona Lisa Smile" and "Never Again."

The design team for Colder Than Here features Jeff Cowie (set), Candice Donnelly (costume), Michael Chybowski (lighting), John Leonard (sound) and Brian H. Kim (projection).

MCC's 20th anniversary season will also include Underneath The Lintel playwright Glen Berger's The Wooden Breeks (Feb. 2-March 11, 2006) directed by Tony Award winner Garry Hynes (The Beauty Queen of Leenane) and the Fat Pig team of playwright Neil Labute (This Is How It Goes) and director Jo Bonney (Living Out) reunite for the world premiere of Swallowing Bicycles (May 17-June 24, 2006).

Subscriptions to the MCC season at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street (between Bleecker and Hudson Streets), are available by calling (212) 279-4200. For more information, visit www.mcctheater.com.

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