Casting Complete for MTC's The Receptionist; The Four of Us Added to Season

News   Casting Complete for MTC's The Receptionist; The Four of Us Added to Season
 
Josh Charles, Robert Foxworth and Kendra Kassebaum will join the previously announced Jayne Houdyshell for the world premiere of The Receptionist this fall at New York City Center Stage I.
Kendra Kassebaum
Kendra Kassebaum

The Manhattan Theatre Club production of Adam Bock's play will begin previews Oct. 12 with an official opening Oct. 30. Joe Mantello will direct the production, which will feature scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Jane Greenwood, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Darron L. West.

The play, according to press notes, is described as such: "Beverly takes pride in her work as the receptionist at a busy Northeast office. Whether coaching her co-worker Lorraine through romantic troubles, fielding calls for their boss Mr. Raymond or carefully monitoring the flow of office supplies, Beverly keeps her domain shipshape. But when handsome Mr. Dart arrives unexpectedly from the central office, Beverly is charmed, Lorraine is smitten and Mr. Raymond is caught completely off guard."

In other MTC news, Itamar Moses' The Four of Us will be the final production of the season; previews are scheduled to begin March 6 on Stage II with an official opening March 25. Pam MacKinnon will direct the play's New York premiere; no casting has been announced.

"When Benjamin's first novel vaults him into literary stardom," The Four of Us press notes read, "his friend David, a struggling playwright, is thrilled for his newfound success...or is he? Should Benjamin help David by using his new connections? Can David even expect such favors from his friend? And, most importantly, who should pay for lunch? [It] is a poignant new play about friendship and memory, the gap between our stories and our lives, and what happens when your dreams come true - for your best friend."

MTC's 2007-2008 season at a glance:

  • Mauritius
    By Theresa Rebeck
    Directed by Doug Hughes
    Starring Bobby Cannavale, Alison Pill, F. Murray Abraham, Dylan Baker and Katie Finneran
    Biltmore Theatre (Broadway)
    New York premiere
    Previews Sept. 13
    Opens Oct. 4
  • Top Girls
    By Caryl Churchill
    Directed by James MacDonald
    Biltmore Theatre (Broadway)
    Broadway premiere
  • The Receptionist
    By Adam Bock
    Directed by Joe Mantello
    Starring Jayne Houdyshell, Josh Charles, Robert Foxworth and Kendra Kassebaum
    City Center Stage I (Off-Broadway)
    World premiere
    Previews Oct. 12
    Opens Oct. 30
  • Pumpgirl
    By Abbie Spallen
    Director TBA
    City Center (Off-Broadway)
    American premiere
  • The Starry Messenger
    By Kenneth Lonergan
    Directed by Lonergan
    Starring Matthew Broderick
    City Center Stage I (Off-Broadway)
    World premiere
    Previews Feb. 7, 2008
    Opens Feb. 26, 2008
  • The Four of Us
    By Itamar Moses
    Directed by Pam MacKinnon
    City Center Stage II (Off-Broadway)
    New York premiere
    Previews March 6, 2008
    Opens March 25, 2008 Daniel Sullivan will be MTC's acting artistic director 2007-2008 season, taking over for Lynne Meadow.

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