Plays by Uhry, Lindsay-Abaire and Willimon Will Spice MTC's Season; Two Works to Be Announced

News   Plays by Uhry, Lindsay-Abaire and Willimon Will Spice MTC's Season; Two Works to Be Announced
 
Manhattan Theatre Club's 2010-11 season will feature three world-premiere productions, including works by Beau Willimon and Pulitzer Prize winners David Lindsay-Abaire and Alfred Uhry.
David Lindsay-Abaire
David Lindsay-Abaire Photo by Joan Marcus

MTC announced most of its coming slate on May 11. In addition to the previously announced American premiere of Lee Hall's The Pitmen Painters (with the original U.K. cast), to play MTC's Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, MTC will produce Tony Award-winning Rabbit Hole writer Lindsay-Abaire's new play, Good People — directed by Daniel Sullivan, who guided Rabbit Hole — on Broadway.

At MTC's Off-Broadway home at New York City Center Stage I, expect the new play by Uhry, author of Driving Miss Daisy: Carl's Sister, based on the book "Apples and Oranges" by Marie Brenner (directed by MTC artistic director Lynne Meadow), plus Willimon's Spirit Control, directed by Doug Hughes.

Two additional productions (one for Broadway and one for Off-Broadway) will be announced for the 2010-11 season.

Here's MTC's season at a glance:

MTC'S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE The Pitmen Painters
Written by Lee Hall
Inspired by a book by William Feaver
Directed by Max Roberts

By special arrangement with Bob Boyett; the Live Theatre, Newcastle /National Theatre of Great Britains co-production.
Previews begin Sept. 14
Opening night Sept. 30
"Direct from a sold-out engagement at London's National Theatre, this funny and fascinating new play by Tony Award winner Lee Hall (writer of Broadway's Billy Elliot) comes to Broadway with its entire original London cast intact. [The play] is based on the triumphant true story of a group of British miners who discover a new way to express themselves and unexpectedly become art-world sensations. An arresting and hilarious salute to the power of individual expression and the collective spirit, The Pitmen Painters takes you on an unforgettable journey from the depths of the mine to the heights of fame."

The cast, who have been with the production since it premiered at Live Theatre in 2007, will include Christopher Connel, Michael Hodgson, Ian Kelly, Brian Lonsdale, Lisa McGrillis, Deka Walmsley, David Whitaker and Phillippa Wilson.

The creative team includes Gary McCann (scenic and costume design), Douglas Kuhrt (lighting design) and Martin Hodgson (sound design).

MTC'S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE

Good People
Written by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Daniel Sullivan

Previews begin Feb. 8, 2011
Opening night is March 3, 2011
"Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo… where this month's paycheck covers last month's bills… and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who has made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out. With his signature humorous glow, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America."

Good People was commissioned through MTC's Bank of America Commissioning Program. Casting and creative team will be announced in the coming weeks.

MTC AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE I

Carl's Sister
Written by Alfred Uhry
Based on the book "Apples and Oranges" by Marie Brenner
Directed by Lynne Meadow

"Marie Brenner's acclaimed memoir about her strained, heartwarming and funny relationship with her brother is adapted for the stage by Pulitzer, Tony and Academy Award-winning author Alfred Uhry. A medical crisis brings Marie, a classic New York liberal and investigative journalist for Vanity Fair and Carl, a conservative apple grower living in Washington State, together after many years apart. While Marie abandons her life to help her dying brother, Carl fights her every step of the way. Carl's Sister tells the story of their attempts to heal and understand one another."

Carl's Sister was commissioned through MTC's Bank of America Commissioning Program.

Dates, casting and creative team will be announced in the coming weeks.

MTC AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE I

Spirit Control
Written by Beau Willimon
Directed by Doug Hughes

"Adam Wyatt has the perfect family and a perfect record as an air traffic controller. But when the pilot of a small plane suffers a heart attack, Adam must talk a terrified passenger through an emergency landing. What happens next will link him inextricably to a woman he's never met, and set the life he once knew irrevocably adrift. Spirit Control is a chilling and mesmerizing look at how we navigate a crisis, and the demons that haunt us long after."

Tony Award winner Doug Hughes staged MTC's The Royal Family and Doubt. Willimon wrote the political play Farragut North, currently being developed into a Warner Brothers film.

Dates, casting and creative team will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

The cast of <i>The Pitmen Painters</i>.
The cast of The Pitmen Painters. Photo by Keith Pattison
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