PHOTO CALL: The Assembled Parties, Starring Judith Light and Jessica Hecht, Opens on Broadway; Red Carpet Arrivals, Curtain Call and Cast Party
By Matthew Blank
The world premiere of Richard Greenberg's The Assembled Parties, the Manhattan-set family drama starring Judith Light and Jessica Hecht, officially opened on Broadway April 17 in a Manhattan Theatre Club production directed by artistic director Lynne Meadow.
The cast at MTC's Broadway home, the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, includes Tony nominee Hecht, Tony and Emmy Award winner Light, Tony Award nominee Jeremy Shamos (Clybourne Park), Jonathan Walker (The Divine Sister), Obie Award winner Mark Blum (Gus and Al), Lauren Blumenfeld (We Are Proud to Present…), Alex Dreier (Billy Elliot) and Jake Silbermann ("As the World Turns").
Previews began March 21.
According to MTC, "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 (Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht) and her sister-in-law Faye (Tony and Emmy Award winner Judith Light) bring their families together for their traditional holiday dinner. But tonight, things are not usual. A house guest (Tony nominee Jeremy Shamos) 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, [it's] an incisive portrait of a family grasping for stability at the dawn of a new millennium."
The creative team includes Santo Loquasto (scenic design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design) and Obadiah Eaves (original music and sound design).
Greenberg, a Tony Award winner for his play Take Me Out, is author of The American Plan, The Violet Hour, Three Days of Rain and Eastern Standard, among other plays, plus the current Broadway adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany's and the coming Off-Broadway musical Far From Heaven.
For more information, visit ManhattanTheatre Club.com.
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