David Auburn Returns to Broadway in 2012 With The Columnist; MTC Reveals Three New Works

News   David Auburn Returns to Broadway in 2012 With The Columnist; MTC Reveals Three New Works
Manhattan Theatre Club announced three world-premiere productions — including the Broadway bow of Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn's new play, The Columnist — for its 2011-12 season.

David Auburn
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In addition to Proof playwright Auburn's new play at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, MTC will produce the Off-Broadway world premieres of Zoe Kazan's We Live Here and Molly Smith Metzler's Close Up Space (starring Tony winner David Hyde Pierce under the direction of Leigh Silverman) at City Center Stage I.

MTC artistic director Meadow and artistic producer Greenfield are finalizing plans for three more MTC productions for the 2011-2012 season (two additional productions at the Friedman and one additional production on Stage I) and will announce those plays in the coming weeks, according to a May 9 statement.

Here are the trio of world premieres at a glance:

The Columnist
By David Auburn
Previews begin Jan. 4, 2012
Opening is Jan. 26, 2012

"Columnists are kings in midcentury America and Joseph Alsop wears the crown. Joe is beloved, feared and courted in equal measure by the Washington political world at whose center he sits. But as the '60s dawn and America undergoes dizzying change, the intense political drama Joe is embroiled in becomes deeply personal as well."

Auburn's Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning Proof began at MTC Off-Broadway. MTC AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE I
We Live Here
By Zoe Kazan
Previews begin Sept. 22
Opening is Oct. 12

"Allie Bateman's wedding is Sunday. When Dinah, her precocious younger sister, returns to their parents' home for the festivities, she brings more than anyone expected: a new boyfriend, whose hidden history resurrects passions and painful memories for the whole family. Over one emotionally charged weekend, The Batemans must acknowledge and accept loss to gain hope for regeneration."

Kazan, an acclaimed young actress, returns to MTC for her New York playwriting debut with this MTC-commissioned play — "an incisive and beautifully rendered portrait of a contemporary family coming together through grief and celebration."

Close Up Space
By Molly Smith Metzler
Directed by Leigh Silverman
Featuring David Hyde Pierce
Previews begin Dec. 1
Opening is Dec. 19

"Tony Award and four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce brings his signature wit back to the MTC stage as Paul Barrow, an obsessive book editor on a major deadline. With an assistant who's been camping in the office, a famous author threatening to bail on him and an intern who is no help at all, Paul's just about had it! But when his fiery daughter shows up and lambasts him in Russian, Paul faces a glaring personal error that can't be corrected with red ink."

For more information on MTC, visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

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