From Grace to I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers, A Look at the 2012-13 Season: The Plays

By Playbill Staff
12 Apr 2013

Show: The Assembled Parties
Theatre: Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

Preview: March 21, 2013

Opening: April 17, 2013
Closing: Open-ended

Creators: Written by Richard Greenberg. Direction by Lynne Meadow.
Original Principal Cast: Jessica Hecht as Julie, Judith Light as Faye, Jeremy Shamos as Jeff, Mark Blum as Mort, Lauren Blumenfeld as Shelley, Alex Dreier as Timmy, Jake Silbermann as Scotty/Tim and Jonathan Walker as Ben.

Synopsis: According to Manhattan Theatre Club, "The Assembled Parties welcomes us to the world of the Bascovs, an Upper West Side Jewish family in 1980. In a sprawling Central Park West apartment, former movie star Julie Bascov (Hecht) and her sister-in-law Faye (Light) bring their families together for their traditional holiday dinner. But tonight, things are not usual. A house guest (Shamos) has joined the festivities for the first time and he unwittingly — or perhaps by design — insinuates himself into the family drama. Twenty years later, as 2001 approaches, the Bascovs' seemingly picture-perfect life may be about to crumble. A stunning new play infused with humor, [it's] an incisive portrait of a family grasping for stability at the dawn of a new millennium."

Check out photos from the production.

The cast talks about the new play: