The Other Place Extended; The Assembled Parties Will Now Begin March 21
By Kenneth Jones
Manhattan Theatre Club's acclaimed Broadway premiere of Sharr White's The Other Place, starring Laurie Metcalf as a medical professional struck with an ailment, will get one extra week, now to March 3 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
The extension week goes on sale Jan. 17 at noon. Call Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or visit Telecharge.com or the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office, 261 W. 47th Street. (Feb. 24 was the original close date for The Other Place).
To accommodate the extension for The Other Place, MTC is shifting the dates for the upcoming world premiere of The Assembled Parties, the new play by Richard Greenberg, directed by Lynne Meadow. It will now start previews on March 21, two days later than previously announced. The opening will remain April 17 at the Friedman Theatre.
White's mysterious play about a medical researcher whose health, homelife and workplace are shaken, featuring Laurie Metcalf, reprising her earlier Off-Broadway performance, plus Daniel Stern, Zoe Perry and John Schiappa, opened Jan. 10 following previews from Dec. 11, 2012, at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
Manhattan Theatre Club produces the Joe Mantello-directed staging. Like Metcalf, Schiappa (Assassins, Take Me Out) returns to the roles he created when The Other Place had its world premiere in 2011 in the Mantello staging by Off-Broadway's MCC Theater.
Three-time Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Metcalf ("Roseanne," November, London's Long Day's Journey Into Night) — who was praised for her performance as a doctor-turned-pharmaceutical promoter facing family and health issues — is here playing opposite her real-life daughter, Perry, who is making her Broadway debut (in several roles). Daniel Stern is widely known for TV's "The Wonder Years," and the films "Diner," "Home Alone," "City Slickers," "Breaking Away." This marks his Broadway debut.
In the play, which is billed as a thriller, Metcalf plays Juliana Smithton, "a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged," according to MTC. "Her husband (Daniel Stern) has filed for divorce, her daughter (Zoe Perry) has eloped with a much older man (John Schiappa) and her own health is in jeopardy. But in this brilliantly crafted work, nothing is as it seems. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface."
Audiences and critics alike have observed that the complexity of both the writing and Metcalf's performance make it seem like there are two leading ladies at the center of the trim 75-minute work: a composed medical professional at the top of the show and a fractured creature at play's end.
Mantello is the two-time Tony-winning director of Other Desert Cities, Wicked, Assassins, Take Me Out and Love! Valour! Compassion!
For its extended spring 2011 run by MCC Theater at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, The Other Place was nominated for two Outer Critics Circle Awards, a Drama League Award, and three Lucille Lortel Awards. Metcalf won an Obie Award and a Lucille Lortel Award for her performance. Read the recent Playbill magazine feature about Metcalf.
This marks the Broadway debut of Sharr White. His plays have been developed or produced at theatres across the country, including The Magic Theatre (West Coast premiere of The Other Place; premiere of Annapurna; finalist for a Steinberg/ATCA Award); South Coast Repertory (commissions for Annapurna and Sunlight); Marin Theatre Company (premiere of Sunlight; winner of the 2009 Skye Cooper New American Play Prize); Oregon Shakespeare Festival (development of The Other Place); Actors Theatre of Louisville (premiere of Six Years at the 2006 Humana Festival); The Cape Cod Theatre Project (playwright-in-residence).
The Other Place had its European premiere at the Nationaltheater Mannheim, Germany, and will premiere at the Melbourne Theatre Company in 2013. The Other Place was a recipient of the 2010 Playwrights First Award; the 2011 Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation's Theatre Visions Fund Award; and was an Outer Critics Circle Award nominee for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play.
The creative team for the production includes Eugene Lee & Edward Pierce (scenic design), David Zinn (costume design), Justin Townsend (lighting design), Fitz Patton (original music, sound design), William Cusick (projection design) and David Caparelliotis (casting).
MTC is the resident not-for-profit that produces Off-Broadway at City Center Stage I and Stage II and on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. MTC productions have earned a total of 18 Tony Awards and six Pulitzer Prizes. In fall 2012, MTC unveiled The Studio at Stage II – Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series at New York City Center, giving voice to new works and rising writers at an affordable ticket price.
Lynne Meadow is MTC artistic director and Barry Grove is executive producer. For more information, visit ManhattanTheatreClub.com.
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