The Snow Geese, Starring Mary-Louise Parker, Danny Burstein and Victoria Clark, Begins Performances Oct. 1
By Carey Purcell
The Manhattan Theatre Club/MCC Theater world premiere of The Snow Geese, Sharr White's WWI-set drama about a newly-widowed woman and her family bracing against a changing world, begins performances Oct. 1 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
Starring Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker, four-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein, Tony Award winner Victoria Clark, Evan Jonigkeit and Christopher Innvar, The Snow Geese will officially open Oct. 24 for a run through Dec. 15.
Directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan (The Columnist, Times Stands Still, Rabbit Hole, Proof), the cast will also feature Brian Cross and Jessica Love, both making their Broadway debuts.
The Snow Geese is a Broadway reunion for actress Parker and director Sullivan, who collaborated to Tony Award-winning acclaim on the 2000 Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning production of David Auburn's Proof.
"What I love about her is what I love about all the characters I play — the flaws!" Parker said of her latest character in an interview with Playbill.com. "I love how deluded she is. There's something sweet about that. Of course, I don't know her that well yet. I could change my mind totally once I get in the rehearsal room. But I think one thing will stay intractable — that she's not in touch with reality. She has no desire to be in touch with reality at all, and there's something I kinda admire, oddly, about people who can do that. I'm always trying to stay so organized and have a comprehensive awareness of everything that's happening with everyone around me. And she just has no desire for that. She's much happier to have her head in the clouds. It's more pleasant."
"With World War I raging abroad, newly widowed Elizabeth Gaesling (Parker) gathers her family for their annual shooting party to mark the opening of hunting season in rural, upstate New York," press notes state. "But Elizabeth is forced to confront a new reality as her carefree eldest son (Jonigkeit) comes to terms with his impending deployment overseas and her younger son (Cross) discovers that the father they all revered left them deeply in debt. Together, the family must let go of the life they’ve always known."
Snow Geese marks the second of White's plays produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club; in 2013 his play The Other Place was produced on Broadway, starring Laurie Metcalf and Zoe Perry. White's playwriting credits also include Annapurna, Sunlight and Six Years.
Parker's stage credits include Prelude to a Kiss, Proof, Reckless, How I Learned to Drive, Dead Man's Cell Phone and Hedda Gabler. Her film work includes "Saved!," "Romance & Cigarettes," "Fried Green Tomatoes," "Naked In New York," "The Client," "Bullets Over Broadway," "Red Dragon" and "Howl." Her TV work includes "Weeds," "The West Wing" and "Angels in America."
Burstein's stage work includes Golden Boy, Follies, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, South Pacific, The Drowsy Chaperone, Talley's Folly, Mrs. Farnsworth and Weird Romance. His film and TV credits include "Boardwalk Empire," "Nor'easter," "Construction," "Louie," "Transamerica," "Absolutely Fabulous," "Ed," all the "Law & Order" series, "Hope & Faith" and "Deception."
Clark's stage work includes The Light in the Piazza, Sister Act, Cinderella, Titanic, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Urinetown, Cabaret and Guys and Dolls. She has also appeared in the Encores! production of Follies, Juno and Bye Bye Birdie. Her film work includes "Harvest," "The Happening," "Tickling Leo," "Main Street" and "Cradle Will Rock."
Jonigkeit has performed in Harrison TX, Really, Really and High. Innvar's stage credits include The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, The People In The Picture, 110 In The Shade, The Threepenny Opera, Les Misérables and Victor/Victoria.
The creative team for The Snow Geese includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Japhy Weideman (lighting design), Dan Moses Schreier (original music and sound design), Rocco DiSanti (projection design), Tom Watson (hair and wig design), Rick Sordelet (fight director) and Mimi Lieber (dances).
Tickets and more information are available by calling (212) 399-3050 or visiting ManhattanTheatreClub.com. The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre is located at 261 West 47th Street.
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