Judith Light and Jessica Hecht Will Represent The Assembled Parties, Richard Greenberg's New Play, on Broadway
By Kenneth Jones
Manhattan Theatre Club artistic director Lynne Meadow will direct Tony Award winner Judith Light and Tony nominee Jessica Hecht in the world premiere of Richard Greenberg's The Assembled Parties on Broadway.
The tale of an Upper West Side Jewish family's history from 1980 to 2000 will begin previews March 19, 2013, and open April 17 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on West 47th Street, where Meadow's revival of last season's Wit earned two Tony nominations.
MTC announced this new production on Aug. 7. According to the company, "The Assembled Parties welcomes us to the world of the Bascovs, an Upper West Side Jewish family in 1980. In a sprawling Central Park West apartment, former movie star Julie Bascov [Hecht] and her sister-in-law Faye [Light] bring their families together for their traditional holiday dinner. But tonight, things are not usual. A house guest has joined the festivities for the first time and he unwittingly — or perhaps by design — insinuates himself into the family drama. Twenty years later, as 2001 approaches, the Bascovs' seemingly picture-perfect life may be about to crumble. A stunning new play infused with humor, The Assembled Parties is an incisive portrait of a family grasping for stability at the dawn of a new millennium."
Additional casting and creative team for The Assembled Parties will be announced in the coming weeks.
Hecht recently appeared in Broadway's Harvey and was Tony-nommed for the most recent revival of A View From the Bridge.
Light won the 2012 Featured Actress Tony for Other Desert Cities. She also starred in Lombardi, Off-Broadway's Wit and TV's "Ugly Betty" and "Who's the Boss" and "One Life to Live."
Tony winner Greenberg's plays include Take Me Out, The American Plan, Three Days of Rain, The Violet Hour and Eastern Standard, among others. This production marks MTC's 10th collaboration with Greenberg.
Single tickets for MTC's Broadway productions of The Assembled Parties and Sharr White's The Other Place go sale Oct. 1.
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