Dorfman, Marber and Aguirre-Sacasa Will Find Home at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2005-06; MTC Confirms Season

News   Dorfman, Marber and Aguirre-Sacasa Will Find Home at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2005-06; MTC Confirms Season Manhattan Theatre Club will stage the American premiere of Patrick Marber's After Miss Julie, the world premiere of Robert Aguirre-Sacasa's Based on a Totally True Story and the American premiere Ariel Dorfman's The Other Side in 2005-06, the Off-Broadway company confirmed June 27.

Patrick Marber
Patrick Marber

These works join the already more widely known MTC plan for the New York premiere of Nilo Cruz's Beauty of the Father, the world premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire's Rabbit Hole and a revival of Alan Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular.

MTC, the not-for-profit run by artistic director Lynne Meadow and executive producer Barry Grove, operates three spaces in New York City: Broadway's Biltmore Theatre on West 47th Street and Off-Broadway's Stage I and II in City Center on West 55th Street.

At the Biltmore, John Tillinger will direct the Ayckbourn comedy involving three couples, three kitchens and three successive Christmas eves. In an earlier season release, Lynne Meadow was originally announced to direct the comedy. A prior directing commitment will not permit her to direct the show. Tillinger helmed Ayckbourn's Comic Potential, House and Garden for MTC.

In the previously-announced Rabbit Hole, by the author of Fuddy Meers and Kimberly Akimbo and directed by Daniel Sullivan at the Biltmore, "The Corbetts have everything a family could want, until the day their world is turned upside down. In the aftermath of a life-shattering accident, a young husband and wife find themselves drifting perilously apart. Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back up into the light of day."

Also at the Biltmore, Marber's After Miss Julie makes its American premiere helmed by a director to be announced. "The award-winning author of Closer returns to MTC for the first time since Dealer's Choice with this powerful re-imagining of August Strindberg's classic, Miss Julie," according to MTC notes. "Relocated to an English country house, the play unfolds on the night of the British Labour Party's landslide victory in 1945, telling the tale of an upper-class young woman's tragic midsummer fling with a chauffeur." The play was staged in London. At City Center Stage I, Blanka Zizka, co-artistic director of the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, will direct the American premiere of The Other Side by Ariel Dorfman. "In a war torn country, a man and a woman wait," MTC reports. "They pass their days identifying the casualties. When peace and a border guard arrive, their bleakly predictable world unravels. This moving, unexpectedly comic work by Ariel Dorfman (Death and the Maiden) raises potent questions about war, identity, and love in our times." Zizka directed MTC's potent Yellowman.

At City Center Stage II, Michael Greif (Rent) will stage the New York premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz's Beauty of the Father. In it, "a young woman travels to Spain to visit her estranged father and quickly becomes immersed in his vibrant, artistic world. But will a charming young Moroccan suitor stand in the way of their reconciliation?" Cruz penned the Pulitzer Prize-winner Anna in the Tropics.

Also at Stage II, Based on a Totally True Story by the prolific new playwright (The Mystery Plays, The Muckle Man) and comic book writer (Marvel's "The Fantastic Four") Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will get its world premiere under the direction of Michael Bush. "Ethan Keene is a young playwright and comic book writer who's on the verge of breaking through," according to MTC. "When a veteran Hollywood producer decides she wants to turn one of his plays into a horror movie, the frenzy that follows forces him to deal with the real drama in his life — his relationships with his boyfriend and his father." Director Bush is MTC director of artistic production.

A fourth City Center production will be announced in the next few weeks.

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