PHOTO CALL: The Madrid, With Edie Falco, John Ellison Conlee, Phoebe Strole and Frances Sternhagen, Opens Off-Broadway

By Matthew Blank
February 27, 2013

Edie Falco plays a mother and teacher who sheds her life and moves to a rundown apartment building in the world premiere of The Madrid, Liz Flahive's comedy that opened Feb. 26 following previews from Feb. 5 at New York City Center Stage I. Leigh Silverman (Chinglish, From Up Here) directs the Manhattan Theatre Club production.

Composer Tom Kitt, who won the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize for Next to Normal, wrote original music for The Madrid.



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Leigh Silverman, Edie Falco, Liz Flahive
Photo by Monica Simoes



In addition to Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Falco, the cast of the play about motherhood, responsibility and family also features Seth Clayton, Brooke Ashley Laine, Tony nominee John Ellison Conlee (The Full Monty, 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 (Cock).

The limited engagement plays to April 21.

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"). 

Playwright 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 also includes David Zinn (scenic design), Emily Rebholtz (costume design), Jeff Croiter (lighting design) and Jill BC Du Boff (sound design).

The Madrid was commissioned through the Bank of America New American Play Program.

As previously reported, Darren Goldstein, of Broadway's Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, will join the cast in the role of Danny, starting Feb. 28, taking over for Welch, who has another professional commitment.

For more information, visit ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

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MTC is under the leadership of artistic director Lynne Meadow and executive producer Barry Grove. MTC productions have earned a total of 18 Tony Awards and six Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 W. 47th Street) and two Off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 W. 55th Street). Since January 2011, Mandy Greenfield (artistic producer) has taken the lead in programming and execution at MTC's Off-Broadway programming.