MTC artistic director Lynne Meadow staged the production that officially opened on Broadway April 17 after previews that began March 21 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
The production received three Tony Award nominations: Best Play (Richard Greenberg), Best Featured Actress (Judith Light) and Best Scenic Design of a Play (Santo Loquasto); four Drama Desk nominations: Outstanding Play (Richard Greenberg), Outstanding Director of a Play (Lynne Meadow), Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Judith Light) and Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play (Santo Loquasto); and three Drama League nominations: Distinguished Production of a Play, Distinguished Performance (Jessica Hecht) and Distinguished Performance (Judith Light).
Light received the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role in The Assembled Parties. She is the first actor to win consecutive Tony Awards in almost 20 years.
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."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.