With College a Memory, Friends and Friendships Evolve in Joe Hortua's Between Us, Opening April 20

News   With College a Memory, Friends and Friendships Evolve in Joe Hortua's Between Us, Opening April 20
 
Manhattan Theatre Club, the Off-Broadway company passionate about new plays, opens Joe Hortua's Between Us April 20 after previews from April 1 at Stage I at City Center.
Kate Jennings Grant in Between Us
Kate Jennings Grant in Between Us Photo by Joan Marcus

The world premiere about college friends growing older — and apart — features Kate Jennings Grant, David Harbour, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Bradley White, under the direction of Christopher Ashley.

"In Between Us, Carlo (Bradley White) and Joel (David Harbour) have been friends since their graduate school days," according to production notes. "Now, the years have passed, and together with their wives, Grace (Rubin-Vega) and Sharyl (Grant), they're buying homes, having kids and growing up. But are they also growing apart? This new work explores the ways we change and the compromises we make as we find our way in the world."

Performances play to May 30.

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Rubin-Vega is fresh out of Broadway's Anna in the Tropics, Kate Jennings Grant appeared in Broadway's Proof, Harbour's credits include Broadway's The Invention of Love and Signature's Fifth of July, White appeared in the original run of The Substance of Fire at Long Wharf Theatre and is a company member of Naked Angels. The design team includes Neil Patel (sets), Jess Goldstein (costumes), Chris Akerlind (lighting) and Darron West (sound).

Playwright Hortua's work has been read and staged in New York City at Playwrights Horizons, MCC Theatre, the Actor's Studio, Second Stage Theatre Company, Rattlestick Theatre Productions, Rising Phoenix Repertory and the LABrynth Company; in London and abroad at the Royal Court Theatre and the American Theatre Company of Brussels; and regionally at the Geva Theatre in Rochester, the Chicago Dramatists Workshop and the Sundance Institute. He was Playwright-in-Residence at the 2001 Chautauqua Summer Festival.

Making It was developed during the 2001 Sundance Theatre Laboratory and produced at South Coast Repertory. His next play has been commissioned by the Mark Taper Forum.

Director Ashley staged recently staged Off-Broadway's Valhalla and helmed Rocky Horror Show (Broadway); The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told (New York Theatre Workshop, Minetta Lane), Mr. Charles, Currently of Palm Beach (EST), Jeffrey, The Naked Truth (WPA), Blown Sideways Through Life (NYTW), Fires in the Mirror (Public), Bunny Bunny (Lortel), Das Barbecu (Minetta Lane) Mondo Drama, As Thousands Cheer; The Country Club (by Douglas Carter Beane) and Rude Entertainment, all at the Drama Dept, as well as the national tour of Seussical the Musical.

The performance schedule 8 PM Tuesday-Saturday, with 2 PM matinees Saturdays and Sundays, 7 PM Sundays.

Tickets are $60 and can be reserved by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212. Group and student rates are available. For group ticket information, call (212) 399-3000 ext. 134.

For more information, visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com.

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Now playing at MTC's Stage II is Daniel Goldfarb's Sarah, Sarah. Next up at MTC's Broadway venue, The Biltmore Theatre, is Donald Margulies' Sight Unseen, a lauded Off-Broadway play by MTC in 1992 that is now making its Broadway debut.

Between Us replaced The Rhythm Club on the 2003-04 MTC schedule.

Kate Jennings Grant, David Harbour, Bradley White, and Daphne Rubin-Vega in <i>Between Us</i>
Kate Jennings Grant, David Harbour, Bradley White, and Daphne Rubin-Vega in Between Us Photo by Joan Marcus
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