Here is a look at the opening night:
Previews for this production began Sept. 14. Max Roberts (artistic director and founding member of Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne) again directs the original company. The cast members, who premiered at Live Theatre in 2007, include Christopher Connel, Michael Hodgson, Ian Kelly, Brian Lonsdale, Lisa McGrillis (as an artists' model), Deka Walmsley, David Whitaker and Phillippa Wilson (as a rich art lover). They appear with the permission of Actors' Equity Association. The company also includes Jack Koenig, Trevor Fox and Christa Scott-Reed.
Here's how MTC characterizes the new play: "The Pitmen Painters is a humorous, deeply moving and timely look at art, class, and politics. In 1934, a group of Ashington miners hired a professor to teach an art appreciation evening class. Rapidly abandoning theory in favor of practice, the pitmen began to paint. Within a few years the most avant-garde artists became their friends and their work was acquired by prestigious collections; but every day they worked, as before, down the mine."
Tickets for the production are on sale by visiting Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200. The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre is at 261 West 47th Street. For more information, visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.