Liz Flahive's From Up Here to Premiere at MTC, in Association With Ars Nova

News   Liz Flahive's From Up Here to Premiere at MTC, in Association With Ars Nova Manhattan Theatre Club will replace Kenneth Lonergan's The Starry Messenger, sidelined due to scheduling conflicts, with the world premiere of newcomer Liz Flahive's From Up Here, in association with the Manhattan incubator of fresh voices and new works, Ars Nova.

Leigh Silverman (Well, Yellowface) will stage the production as part of MTC's 2007-08 subscription series, at its Off-Broadway home at New York City Center Stage I. Previews begin March 27, 2008, prior to an April 16 opening.

City Center Stage I is located at 131 West 55th Street.

From Up Here (a plot description for which was not immediately available) was initially developed at Ars Nova through the Out Loud play-reading series and in-house workshops. Casting and design team for the production will be announced in the coming weeks.

Ars Nova is led by Jason Eagan, artistic director; Jon Steingart and Jenny Wiener, executive producers. Ars Nova "develops and produces eclectic theatre, comedy and music to feed today's popular culture," according to its leaders. "Ars Nova strives to create daring collaborations, meld disciplines and give voice to a new generation of artists." Its past productions include Dixie's Tupperware Party, At Least It's Pink, 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, Holy Cross Sucks and The Wau Wau Sisters.

Playwright Liz Flahive is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Department of Dramatic Writing. Her plays have been produced, workshopped or read at NYU, Williamstown Theater Festival, Naked Angels and Ars Nova. She also volunteers with The 52nd Street Project, an organization that pairs inner-city kids with professional theatre artists to create original theatre. For more information visit www.arsnovanyc.com.

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