PHOTO CALL: The Lyons, With Linda Lavin, Dick Latessa and Michael Esper, Plays Off-Broadway

Nicky Silver, chronicler of dark dysfunction in such plays as Raised in Captivity and Pterodactyls, conjures another fractured family — The Lyons — in his new play at Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre.

Mark Brokaw ( Cry-Baby, The Dying Gaul, How I Learned to Drive, The Long Christmas Ride Home) stages the darkly comic work starring Tony Award winner Linda Lavin ( Other Desert Cities, Collected Stories, Broadway Bound) as Rita, Tony winner Dick Latessa ( Hairspray) as Ben, Michael Esper ( American Idiot, Intelligent Homosexual's Guide…) as son Curtis, Kate Jennings Grant (the 2009 Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls, as well as Proof) as daughter Lisa, Gregory Wooddell ( Some Men in Philadelphia) as Brian and Brenda Pressley (original Broadway cast of Dreamgirls) as a nurse.

Here is a first look:

The world premiere is billed this way by the Vineyard, which will officially open the play Oct. 11: " The Lyons — Silver's seventh new play to premiere at The Vineyard — is an outrageously funny and stirring work about a family grappling with the impending death of its patriarch. When Ben Lyons' wife, Rita, and their grown children gather to say goodbye, they learn that despite being a family, each of them is utterly isolated. Afraid of closeness and afraid of solitude, they are propelled into foreign territory — human connection." Vineyard is at 108 E. 15th Street. Performances are Tuesdays at 7 PM, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM and Saturdays and Sundays at 3 PM. Tickets are $75 and can be reserved online at, or by calling the box office at (212) 353-0303.


Douglas Aibel is artistic director of the Vineyard Theatre, Jennifer Garvey-Blackwell is executive producer, Sarah Stern is co-artistic director and Rebecca Habel is managing director.

Performances are scheduled to continue to Oct. 30.