MTC's The Four of Us, About Best Pals Divided by Success, Will Feature Banner and Esper

News   MTC's The Four of Us, About Best Pals Divided by Success, Will Feature Banner and Esper Gideon Banner and Michael Esper will appear in Manhattan Theatre Club's New York premiere staging of the two-character Itamar Moses play, The Four of Us, about writer friends.

Pam MacKinnon (Peter and Jerry, Bach at Leipzig) will direct the play, to begin previews March 6 toward a March 25 opening at MTC's Off-Broadway home at Stage II at New York City Center.

According to MTC, "When Benjamin's (Banner) first novel vaults him into literary stardom, his friend David (Esper), 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? The Four of Us 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."

The creative team for The Four of Us includes David Zinn (scenic and costume design), Russell H. Champa (lighting design) and Daniel Baker (sound design).

Banner's credits include Blue Man Group in New York, Boston and Chicago); Big Bill (Williamstown, Lincoln Center), The Franklin Thesis (Les Freres Corbusiers), I Was Tom Cruise (Redux Productions/Fringe), Itamar Moses' Authorial Intent/Idea (Manhattan Theatre Source) and Untitled Short Play (Naked Angels); The Four of Us (Old Globe), Sincerity Forever, Ubu Roi (Williamstown Theater Festival), Galileo (Yale Rep), King o' the Moon (Merrimack Repertory Theatre).

Esper is currently in the world premiere of Me, Myself & I by Edward Albee at the McCarter Theater. His resume includes Long Day's Journey Into Night (directed by Garry Hynes) with James Cromwell at the Gaiety Theater, Dublin; Crazy Mary (Playwrights Horizons), The Agony and the Agony (Vineyard Theater), SubUrbia (Second Stage), Manic Flight Reaction (Playwrights Horizons), As You Like It (NYSF), Big Bill (Lincoln Center), Gone Missing (Belt Theater), Moon Bath Girl (EST). He's a member of The Civilians. Tickets for The Four of Us are available by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212, or visiting NYCityCenter.org, or in person at the New York City Center box office, 131 W. 55th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenue.

Tickets are $50. Group and student rates are also available. For group ticket information, call (212) 399-3000, ext. 4132.

Student tickets are $25 and will be on sale for all performances based on availability on the day of the performance, up to one hour before show time.

Visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

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