Monk and Pressman Are Show People for Hire in Premiere of Weitz Comedy

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Debra Monk, Lawrence Pressman, Judy Greer and Ty Burrell are the players in the world premiere of Paul Weitz's comedy, Show People, which opens April 6 at Second Stage Theatre.
Debra Monk in Show People.
Debra Monk in Show People. Photo by Joan Marcus

Peter Askin directs the play, which began previews March 16 at the Off-Broadway company's midtown Manhattan home for a run scheduled through April 30.

In Show People, a rich young New York executive (Burrell) hires two Broadway veteran actors, Jerry and Marnie (Pressman and Monk), who have not trod the boards in years, to play his parents for his intended fiancée (Greer). As the evening at his Montauk beach house proceeds, his reasons for employing them are revealed.

Weitz's Privilege played Second Stage last season. His previous Off-Broadway work includes Roulette starring Larry Bryggman, Anna Paquin and Ana Gasteyer as well as Mango Tea with Marisa Tomei and Rob Morrow. The scribe is also known for his work on such films as "In Good Company," "About A Boy" and "American Pie." His next film "American Dreamz" features Greer and Pressman.

Burrell appeared in Off-Broadway's Burn This, Greer in TV's "Love Monkey" and School for Wives at Chicago's Court Theatre, Monk in Broadway's Reckless, Steel Pier and Chicago, and Pressman in The Paris Letter (L.A. world premiere) and TV's "Doogie Howser M.D."

The design team includes Heidi Ettinger (set), Jeff Mahshie (costumes), Jeff Croiter (lighting) and Lewis Flinn (sound and original music). Askin directed Weitz's Privilege and Jonathan Reynolds' Dinner with Demons for Second Stage. Other directorial credits include Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Good Body, Trumbo, John Leguizamo's Sexaholix, Spic-O Rama and Mambo Mouth as well as Dael Orlandersmith's Monster, Beauty's Daughter and The Gimmick.

Next up for Second Stage Theatre will be Theresa Rebeck's The Water's Edge, May 23-July 9, starring Kate Burton, Austin Lysy and Tony Goldwyn.

For ticket information to Show People at Second Stage, 307 West 43rd Street (just off Eighth Ave.), call (212) 246-4422 or (800) 766-6048 or visit

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