Bernstine and Gayle Complete Cast for Demme-Directed Family Week Off-Broadway

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Quincy Tyler Bernstine and Sami Gayle join Kathleen Chalfant and Rosemarie DeWitt to complete the spring cast of MCC Theater's Off-Broadway run of Beth Henley's Family Week.
Quincy Tyler Bernstine and Sami Gayle
Quincy Tyler Bernstine and Sami Gayle Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Jonathan Demme directs the play scheduled to begin previews April 7 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre toward an April 26 opening night. The run is scheduled through May 23.

Bernstine currently appears in In the Next Room or the vibrator play on Broadway and has also been seen on stage in Ruined, (I am) Nobody's Lunch, Gone Missing and A Small, Melodramatic Story. Gayle appeared on Broadway in Gypsy (as Baby June) and Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical (Annie Who) as well as Off-Broadway's Oohrah!

"A year after the death of her son, Claire checks into a recovery center in the desert, searching for a way to cope," according to show notes. "When her mother, daughter and sister arrive to participate in 'family week,' long-dormant traumas collide with recent tragedies in surprisingly comical, shocking and deeply moving ways. United in this family struggle, the women rage and reach out in an effort to reconcile their love with the way things are."

Demme ("Silence of the Lambs") makes his theatrical debut directing the work by Pulitzer Prize winner Henley (Crimes of the Heart). (In Transit's Sarah Jones was previously mentioned to appear in the work, but had to withdraw from the production due a scheduling conflict.)

Chalfant has appeared on Broadway in Angels in America, Racing Demon, Dance With Me and Off-Broadway in Wit, Dead Man's Cell Phone, Nine Armenians, Henry V, The Vagina Monologues, Endgame and more. She has also appeared in the films "Duplicity," "Kinsey," "The Laramie Project," "Bob Roberts," and on television's "Rescue Me" and "The Guardian." DeWitt — known for her screen work in "Rachel Getting Married," "The United States of Tara," and "Mad Men" — has appeared Off-Broadway in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea and Small Tragedy.

MCC will first present the American premiere of Alexi Kaye Campbell's The Pride (Jan. 27-March 14). Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Wicked) will direct the production featuring Hugh Dancy, Adam James, Andrea Riseborough and Ben Whishaw.

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