The Madrid, Starring Edie Falco, John Ellison Conlee and Frances Sternhagen, Gets Extra Week Off-Broadway
By Kenneth Jones
The world premiere of Liz Flahive's The Madrid — featuring Seth Clayton, Brooke Ashley Laine, Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie"), Tony nominee John Ellison Conlee (Murder Ballad), Drama Desk Award winner Heidi Schreck (Circle Mirror Transformation), Phoebe Strole (Spring Awakening), two-time Tony Award winner Frances Sternhagen (The Heiress) and Christopher Evan Welch ("Lincoln") — has been extended a week before even beginning previews at Manhattan Theatre Club's Off-Broadway home.
Leigh Silverman (Chinglish, From Up Here) directs the play, to begin performances Feb. 5, at MTC's Off-Broadway home at New York City Center Stage I. Opening night will be Feb. 26. This is a limited engagement to April 21 (it was originally announced for a run to April 14).
According to MTC, "Falco stars as Martha, a kindergarten teacher with a life many would want: a loving husband (Conlee), a devoted daughter (Strole). But when she leaves it all behind, it's up to her daughter Sarah to pick up the pieces. Two-time Obie winner, Leigh Silverman directs this hilarious and heartbreaking story about motherhood, freedom, and trying to see the people in your family as they really are."
Falco is a four-time Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee ("Nurse Jackie," The House of Blue Leaves, Side Man, "The Sopranos").
Flahive writes for "Nurse Jackie" and penned Off-Broadway's From Up Here, which received the John Gassner Playwriting Award from the Outer Critics Circle. She is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Department of Dramatic Writing.
The creative team includes David Zinn (scenic design), Emily Rebholtz (costume design), Jeff Croiter (lighting design), Jill BC Du Boff (sound design) and Tom Kitt (original music).
For more information, visit ManhattanTheatreClub.com.
The Madrid was commissioned through the Bank of America New American Play Program.
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