MTC to Feature World Premieres by Donald Margulies, David Auburn and Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig in 2014-15 Season

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12 Mar 2014

Blythe Danner
Blythe Danner
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Three world-premiere productions will be featured in Manhattan Theatre Club's 2014-15 season.

Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies' (Time Stands Still, Dinner With Friends) new play The Country House will play Broadway's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan, the co-production with the Geffen Playhouse — starring Tony and Emmy Award winner Blythe Danner — will begin previews Sept. 9 prior to an official opening Oct. 2.

Here's how the production is billed: "Tony and Emmy winner Blythe Danner (The Commons of Pensacola, 'Meet the Parents') stars as Anna Patterson, the matriarch of a brood of famous and longing-to-be-famous creative artists who have gathered at their Berkshires summerhouse during the Williamstown Theatre Festival. But when the weekend takes an unexpected turn, everyone is forced to improvise... inciting a series of simmering jealousies, a flurry of romantic outbursts and a bout of passionate soul-searching. Inspired by Chekhov's pastoral comedies, this witty and compelling new play provides a piercing look at a family of performers coming to terms with the roles they play in each other's lives."

Lost Lake, by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn (The Columnist, Proof), will be presented Off-Broadway at New York City Center – Stage I. Sullivan will direct the production, with previews beginning Oct. 21 prior to an official opening Nov. 11.

"The lakeside rental Veronica has managed to afford is a far cry from the idyllic getaway she and her children so desperately need. And the disheveled property owner, Hogan, has problems of his own — problems that Veronica is inevitably — and irrevocably — pulled into," press notes state. "An engrossing and revealing portrait of two strangers bound together by circumstance, Lost Lake is a vivid new work about the struggle for connection in an imperfect world."



City Center will also be the home of The World of Extreme Happiness by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig. Eric Ting will direct the co-production with the Goodman Theatre, which will begin previews Feb. 3, 2015, prior to an official opening Feb. 24.

"Unwanted from the moment she's born, Sunny is determined to escape her life in rural China and forge a new identity in the city," press notes state. "As naïve as she is ambitious, Sunny views her new job in a grueling factory as a stepping stone to untold opportunities. When fate casts her as a company spokeswoman at a sham PR event, Sunny's bright outlook starts to unravel in a series of harrowing and darkly comic events, as she begins to question a system enriching itself by destroying its own people."

MTC will announce five additional productions as part of the 2014-15 season. Two additional productions will be presented at the Friedman, one production will play at New York City Center – Stage I, and two productions will be featured as part of The Studio at Stage II – Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series at New York City Center – Stage II.

Visit ManhattanTheatreClub.com for more information.