Bartlett, Houdyshell and Lavin to Star in Rudnick's New Century

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Initial casting has been announced for the Lincoln Center Theater production of Paul Rudnick's The New Century, which will begin previews at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater March 20, 2008, with an official opening April 14.
Linda Lavin
Linda Lavin

Directed by Nicholas Martin, the cast of five will include Peter Bartlett, Jayne Houdyshell and Linda Lavin. Additional casting will be announced at a later date. The production will have set design by Allen Moyer, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Kenneth Posner and original music and sound design by Mark Bennett.

The New Century, according to press notes, is "a series of four short plays, which feature everyone from a concerned Long Island mother of at least three gay children (to be played by Linda Lavin), to an accomplished Midwestern craftswoman (to be played by Jayne Houdyshell), to one of Mr. Rudnick's favorites, Mr. Charles, a flamboyant resident of Palm Beach (to be played by Peter Barlett). Ultimately, all of these delicious and distraught people collide under surprising and comic circumstances, and we discover just where our new century might be heading."

Paul Rudnick recently saw the world premiere of his comedy, Regrets Only, produced by Manhattan Theatre Club, under the direction of long-time collaborator Christopher Ashley. The two previously worked together on The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Valhalla, Rude Entertainment, The Naked Truth and Jeffrey, for which Rudnick won an Obie, Outer Critics Circle and the John Gassner Playwrighting Award. Rudnick has also penned Mr. Charles – Currently of Palm Beach, Pride and Joy, and I Hate Hamlet, as well as the screenplays for "Addams Family Values," "Jeffrey" and "In & Out."

Nicholas Martin previously directed the Lincoln Center Theater productions of Observe The Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, John Guare's Chaucer in Rome and Arthur Laurents' The Time of the Cuckoo.

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