Full Cast Named for Broadway Bow of American Plan, Greenberg's Catskills-Set Play

News   Full Cast Named for Broadway Bow of American Plan, Greenberg's Catskills-Set Play Benjamin Eakeley, Austin Lysy and Brenda Pressley will join previously announced Lily Rabe and Mercedes Ruehl in the Broadway premiere of Richard Greenberg's Catskill Mountains-set 1990 play, The American Plan, Manhattan Theatre Club announced.
Brenda Pressley
Brenda Pressley

Tony Award nominee David Grindley (Journey's End) will direct the drama by Tony winner Greenberg (Take Me Out). The limited engagement of The American Plan will begin previews Jan. 2, 2009, and open Jan. 22, 2009, at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre at 261 W. 47th Street.

According to MTC, "It is the Catskill Mountains in the early 1960s, and Lili Adler (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominee Lily Rabe) and her mother Eva (Tony and Academy Award winner Mercedes Ruehl) are spending the summer across the lake from a bustling hotel where comics entertain and buffets overflow. When a handsome young stranger (Benjamin Eakeley) enters their world, the emotionally fragile Lili finds herself falling in love. But once her imperious mother learns of their relationship, lies are exposed, alliances are forged and Lili's one chance to escape her mother's control may be lost forever."

This marks MTC's eighth collaboration with Greenberg. MTC staged the original New York production of The American Plan in 1990 at MTC's Off-Broadway home at New York City Center – Stage II; the play then transferred to the larger Stage I. Other MTC productions of Greenberg plays include Eastern Standard, The Extra Man, Jenny Keeps Talking, Night and Her Stars, the Pulitzer Prize nominated Three Days of Rain and The Violet Hour.

Eakeley made his Broadway debut in John Doyle's critically acclaimed revival of Sweeney Todd (standby for Anthony, Tobias and The Beadle), and played The Beadle in the 2007-08 national tour. Other theatre credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream (Demetrius), Illyria (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), and Love's Labour's Lost (Dumaine) at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and the national tour of Cabaret (Ernst).

Lysy's credits include Off-Broadway's A Midsummer Night's Dream (Public-NYSF), All That I Will Ever Be (NYTW); The Water's Edge (Second Stage); Manic Flight Reaction, Other People (Playwrights Horizons); Hobson's Choice (Atlantic) and Broadway's Macbeth. Pressley's Broadway credits include Dreamgirls (original company), Cats, The Moony Shapiro Songbook, and Off-Broadway's The First Breeze of Summer, Mom, How Did You Meet The Beatles?, Seven Guitars, Fran's Bed, Goodwill, Marvin's Room, And the World Goes 'Round: The Songs of Kander and Ebb (Outer Critics Circle Award), Blues in the Night.

Lily Rabe appeared in Broadway's Heartbreak House (Roundabout Theatre Company, Callaway Award, Outer Critics Circle nomination); Steel Magnolias (Lyceum Theatre, Drama Desk nomination) and Off-Broadway's Crimes of the Heart (Roundabout Theatre Company) and Colder Than Here (MCC).

Mercedes Ruehl starred in the Jonathan Demme film "Married to the Mob." She earned an Academy Award, Golden Globe, L.A. and Chicago Film Critics Society awards for her role in "The Fisher King." Other films include "Warriors," "Big," "Heartburn," "Slaves of New York," "Another You," "Last Action Hero," "Lost in Yonkers" and more. Her career was launched in regional theatres playing works of Shakespeare, Moliere, Shaw, Chekhov and Euripides, and she went on to receive Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Helen Hayes awards for her role in Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers, later reprising her role in the film. Other Broadway credits include The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (Outer Critics Circle Award, Tony nomination); The Rose Tattoo; Shadow Box (Tony nomination); and I'm Not Rappaport. Off-Broadway credits include The Occupant (Signature), Woman Before a Glass (Obie Award), Other People's Money (Clarence Derwent Award), The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Obie Award), Coming of Age in Soho, The Vagina Monologues and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Guthrie Theatre.

The creative team for The American Plan includes Jonathan Fensom (scenic and costume design), Mark McCullough (lighting design), Darron L West and Bray Poor (sound design) and Tom Watson (wig design).

MTC is under the leadership of artistic director Lynne Meadow and executive producer Barry Grove.

Single tickets are available via Telecharge.com, by telephone at (212) 239-6200, (800) 432-7250 (outside the NYC metro area) and online at Telecharge.com.

For group ticket information call (800) 432-7780 or visit the Samuel J. Friedman box office.

Tickets range in price from $56.50-$96.50. Student rush tickets are available the day of the performance at the Friedman box office for $26.50.

For more information on Manhattan Theatre Club, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.