PHOTO CALL: Jennifer Westfeldt, John McMartin and Lorenzo Pisoni Star in MTC's The Explorer's Club

By Krissie Fullerton
12 Jun 2013

Jennifer Westfeldt, John McMartin and Lorenzo Pisoni star in the Manhattan Theatre Club world premiere of Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin's The Explorers Club, which began Off-Broadway previews May 28 for an official opening June 20.

n addition to Tony nominee Westfeldt ("Kissing Jessica Stein," Wonderful Town), Tony nominee McMartin (Grey Gardens, Follies) and Pisoni (Equus, Humor Abuse), the cast includes Brian Avers (Rock 'n' Roll), Max Baker (Cyrano DeBergerac), Steven Boyer (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), Arnie Burton (Peter and the Starcatcher), Carson Elrod (All in the Timing) and David Furr (The Importance of Being Earnest).

Here's how the piece is billed: "London, 1879. The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president (Pisoni) wants to admit a woman (Westfeldt), and their bartender is terrible. True, this female candidate is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire, and how do you make such a decision without a decent drink? Grab your safety goggles for some very mad science involving deadly cobras, irate Irishmen and the occasional airship."

Take a look at the MTC production:

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The cast of The Explorers Club
Photo by Joan Marcus

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