Mark Blum, Amy Irving, Jessica Collins Are Related in Zoe Kazan's Family Drama We Live Here for MTC

News   Mark Blum, Amy Irving, Jessica Collins Are Related in Zoe Kazan's Family Drama We Live Here for MTC
The complete cast of the Manhattan Theatre Club world premiere of Zoe Kazan's We Live Here, about secrets that surface during a wedding, will include Mark Blum, Jessica Collins, Betty Gilpin, Academy Award nominee Amy Irving, Oscar Isaac and Jeremy Shamos.

Amy Irving
Amy Irving

Sam Gold (Kin, Circle Mirror Transformation) directs the production, to begin Sept. 22 (opening Oct. 12) at MTC's Off-Broadway home at City Center Stage I (131 West 55th Street). Tickets are on sale through Oct. 30.

The play is described this way: "Allie Bateman's (Jessica Collins) wedding to Sandy (Jeremy Shamos) is Sunday. When Dinah (Betty Gilpin), her precocious younger sister, returns to their parents' (Mark Blum and Amy Irving) home for the festivities, she brings more than anyone expected: a new boyfriend (Oscar Isaac), 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."

This is the New York playwriting debut of Kazan, best known as an actress (Broadway's Seagull, A Behanding in Spokane and Come Back, Little Sheba). We Live Here is an MTC-commissioned work, billed as "an incisive and beautifully rendered portrait of a contemporary family coming together through grief and celebration."

Zoe Kazan

Blum appeared in Off-Broadway's After the Revolution and Broadway's Twelve Angry Men; Collins' credits include AMC's "Rubicon," and Broadway's Pygmalion; Gilpin was featured in MTC's That Face; Irving starred in Brooadway's The Coast of Utopia, St. Louis Opera's A Little Night Music and earned an Oscar nomination for "Yentl"; Isaac was in Ridley Scott's "Robin Hood" and MTC's Beauty of the Father; and Shamos played in Off-Broadway's Clybourne Park and MTC's Reckless.

As an actress, Kazan received the Clarence Derwent Award for work in the 2007-08 season. She was Drama Desk-nominated for her The Seagull, and for 100 Saints You Should Know (also a Lortel nomination). Her play Absalom appeared in the 2009 Humana Festival. She is currently filming the Fox Searchlight film "He Loves Me," which she wrote and produced and is starring in with Paul Dano.

The creative team for We Live Here includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), David Zinn (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), Ryan Rumery (sound design) and Thomas Schall (fight direction).

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