Following Boston Tragedy, Playwright Richard Greenberg Rewrites Portion of Broadway's The Assembled Parties
18 Apr 2013
Jessica Hecht and Judith Light
Photo by Joan Marcus
Following the April 15 tragedy in Boston, where two explosions occurred near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring over 100, playwright Richard Greenberg made a few edits to the world premiere of Broadway's The Assembled Parties prior to the show's official Broadway bow on April 17.
In the Manhattan Theatre Club production, Greenberg slightly altered specific moments in the show, including a reference to building a bomb as well as a reference to the city of Boston.
"All of us involved in the production of The Assembled Parties were saddened by Monday's tragedy in Boston and have deep compassion for all who were affected," said MTC artistic director Lynne Meadow, who helms the production, in a statement to Playbill.com. "In response to that event, playwright Richard Greenberg chose to cut one line from his play that referenced Boston. He also chose to rewrite a brief description of an off-stage character who, as a college student in 1980, attempted to build a bomb."
According to MTC, "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 (Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht) and her sister-in-law Faye (Tony and Emmy Award winner Judith Light) bring their families together for their traditional holiday dinner. But tonight, things are not usual. A house guest (Tony nominee Jeremy 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."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.