MTC Plans Enemy of the People, The Madrid, Golden Age; Edie Falco, Boyd Gaines, Richard Thomas on Board

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
30 May 2012

Richard Thomas
Richard Thomas

Manhattan Theatre Club will produce a new version of Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People starring Boyd Gaines and Richard Thomas in the 2012-13 Broadway season. The nonprofit also announced two Off-Broadway titles — the New York City premiere of Terrence McNally's Golden Age and the world premiere of Liz Flahive's The Madrid starring Edie Falco.

MTC's Broadway season at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre launches with the American premiere of Rebecca Lenkiewicz's new version of An Enemy of the People, the 1882 play about a lone activist voice opposing a community, directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt). Four-time Tony winner Gaines, currently appearing in MTC's The Columnist, will star as outspoken Dr. Thomas Stockmann, with Emmy Award winner Thomas (Race, Democracy, Fifth of July, "The Waltons") as his brother, Peter, mayor of a town in peril. Performances will begin Sept. 4. Opening night is Sept. 27.

As previously reported on Playbill.com, Golden Age, to play Off-Broadway at New York City Center – Stage I, will be directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie (Chicago, The Submission, Venus in Fur). McNally is the four-time Tony Award-winning writer of Master Class, The Lisbon Traviata, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Ragtime and more. Previews begin Nov. 13. Opening night is Dec. 4.

The Madrid is the new MTC commission by the author of MTC's From Up Here; Flahive is also a writer for "Nurse Jackie," the TV series starring four-time Emmy winner Falco ("The Sopranos," Side Man, The House of Blue Leaves). Leigh Silverman, the two-time Obie winner who staged Broadway's Chinglish, and Off-Broadway's In the Wake and From Up Here, will direct at City Center Stage I. Previews begin Feb. 5, 2013. Opening is Feb. 26.

Boyd Gaines
photo by Krissie Fullerton

The rest of the 2012-13 season will be announced in the coming weeks. Here are the 2012-13 MTC productions (so far) at a glance:



An Enemy of the People
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

"When Dr. Thomas Stockmann (Boyd Gaines) discovers toxic contamination in the water used at the local baths, he expects to be hailed as a hero. But since the baths are the town's main source of revenue, the community fights to silence him…and Dr. Stockmann learns that there are forces more powerful than truth. An incisive tale about the high price of free expression, An Enemy of the People makes a timely return to the New York stage in this bold new version by one of Britain's most exciting young writers, Rebecca Lenkiewicz." Additional casting and creative team will be announced shortly.

Golden Age
City Center Stage I

"It's opening night of Vincenzo Bellini's new opera I Puritani in Paris in 1835. The Italian composer is determined to win the adulation of not only his French audience, but his colleagues and rivals as well. Everything depends on it. Celebrating the timeless beauty of 19th century bel canto opera, Golden Age portrays the final act of an artist whose desire for greatness has eclipsed all else." Additional casting and creative team will be announced shortly.

The Madrid
City Center Stage I

"Edie Falco stars as Martha, a kindergarten teacher with a life many would want: a loving husband, a devoted daughter. But when she leaves it all behind, it's up to her daughter Sarah to pick up the pieces. A hilarious and heartbreaking story about motherhood, freedom, and trying to see the people in your family as they really are." Additional casting and creative team will be announced shortly.

For subscription information, visit ManhattanTheatreClub.com. Single tickets to the productions will go on sale at a later date.

*

MTC is under the leadership of artistic director Lynne Meadow and executive producer Barry Grove. Since January 2011, Mandy Greenfield (artistic producer) has taken the lead in programming and execution at MTC's Off-Broadway home.

MTC's history includes the well-known titles Venus in Fur; Master Class; Good People; The Whipping Man; Time Stands Still; The Royal Family; Ruined; The American Plan; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; Translations; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt; Proof; The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; Love! Valour! Compassion!; A Small Family Business; Sylvia; Putting It Together; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart and Ain't Misbehavin'.