Manhattan Theatre Club Season Takes Shape

By Andrew Gans
03 Aug 2007

Manhattan Theatre Club has announced further information about its 2007-2008 theatre season on and Off-Broadway. Broadway productions will include Mauritius and Top Girls; Off-Broadway will see mountings of The Receptionist, The Starry Messenger, Pumpgirl and The Four of Us.



The season will feature the work of playwrights Adam Bock, Caryl Churchill, Kenneth Lonergan, Itamar Moses, Theresa Rebeck and Abbie Spallen; directors Carolyn Cantor, Doug Hughes, Joe Mantello, James Macdonald and Pam MacKinnon; and actors F. Murray Abraham, Dylan Baker, Matthew Broderick, Bobby Cannavale, Josh Charles, Katie Finneran, Robert Foxworth, Jayne Houdyshell, Kendra Kassebaum and Alison Pill.

The 2007-2008 season at a glance follows.

BROADWAY

Mauritius
By Theresa Rebeck
New York premiere
Directed by Doug Hughes
Starring F. Murray Abraham, Dylan Baker, Bobby Cannavale Katie Finneran and Alison Pill
Previews: Sept. 13 at the Biltmore Theatre
Opens: Oct. 4
"Jackie and Mary are half-sisters whose mother's death leaves them in possession of a rare stamp collection. But which sister actually owns the stamps? Which of three dealers can be trusted with their sale? And where do we choose to live: the present or the past?"

Top Girls
By Caryl Churchill
Broadway premiere
Directed by James MacDonald
Previews: April 15, 2008 at the Biltmore Theatre
Opens: May 7, 2008
"Set at the Top Girls Employment Agency in London in the early 1980s, this groundbreaking, theatrical play tells the story of Marlene, an ambitious career woman who has just been appointed head of the firm. But as she celebrates her achievements, can we applaud her values?"

OFF-BROADWAY

The Receptionist
By Adam Bock
World Premiere
Directed by Joe Mantello
Starring Josh Charles, Robert Foxworth, Jayne Houdyshell and Kendra Kassebaum
Previews: Oct. 12 at New York City Center Stage I
Opens: Oct. 30
"Beverly takes pride in her work as the receptionist at a busy Northeast office. Whether coaching her co-worker Lorraine through romantic troubles, fielding calls for their boss Mr. Raymond or carefully monitoring the flow of office supplies, Beverly keeps her domain shipshape. But when handsome Mr. Dart arrives unexpectedly from the central office, Beverly is charmed, Lorraine is smitten and Mr. Raymond is caught completely off guard."

The Starry Messenger
Written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan
World Premiere
Starring Matthew Broderick
Previews: Feb. 7, 2008 at New York City Center Stage I
Opens: Feb. 26
"Mark (Broderick) works at the Hayden Planetarium, teaching Upper West Siders about the mysteries of the galaxy. But when this forty-something married man meets a pretty young single mother, his own solar system begins spinning out of control, forcing him to come to terms with the inertia that is his life. Is it too late to try and re-connect with his wife and son? And how did his middling career get so badly off track?"

Pumpgirl
By Abbie Spallen
American Premiere
Directed by Carolyn Cantor
Previews: Nov. 8 at New York City Center Stage II
Opens: Dec. 4
"In this gripping play from one of Ireland's brightest new talents, playwright Abbie Spallen shapes a startling tale of three lives colliding in rural Ireland. The play unfolds with the story of a homely, tomboyish pump girl at a rundown gas station. When a local racetrack star becomes the focus of her obsession, the affair threatens more than the feelings of his disenchanted wife."

The Four of Us
By Itamar Moses
New York Premiere
Directed by Pam MacKinnon
Previews: March 6, 2008 at New York City Center Stage II
Opens: March 25
"When Benjamin's first novel vaults him into literary stardom, his friend David, 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?"

Daniel Sullivan will be MTC's acting artistic director 2007-2008 season, taking over for Lynne Meadow.

New York City Center is located in Manhattan at 131 West 55th Street.

For more information visit manhattantheatreclub.com.