MTC's Equivocation Will Now Begin Feb. 10

News   MTC's Equivocation Will Now Begin Feb. 10
The New York City premiere of Bill Cain's Equivocation, directed by Tony Award winner Garry Hynes, will begin a day later than expected.
Michael Countryman and John Pankow
Michael Countryman and John Pankow Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Manhattan Theatre Club announced that the Feb. 9 first preview has been cancelled in order to allow for an additional day of technical rehearsal. Previews will now begin on Feb. 10. Equivocation's opening night remains March 2 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street). Tickets are on sale to March 28.


Equivocation, set in the time of Shakespeare and directed by Tony Award winner Hynes (The Beauty Queens of Leenane), will feature Remy Auberjonois, Michael Countryman, David Furr, John Pankow, Charlotte Parry and Tony Award nominee David Pittu.

According to MTC, "Bill Cain's new play set in 1605 England begins when King James' right hand man (David Pittu) commissions William Shakespeare (John Pankow) to write a new play about the Gunpowder Plot, a recent failed attempt to blow up Parliament and the Monarchy. Equivocation is a bold new look at the greatest playwright ever in a drama whose contemporary parallels are unmistakable and whose laughter is abundant — a work of startling revelations and vibrant theatricality."

The production will feature scenic and costume design by Francis O'Connor, lighting design by David Weiner, sound design by David Van Tieghem and Brandon Wolcott and fight direction by David Brimmer. Cain is the author of the widely-produced play Stand-Up Tragedy, which earned six L.A. Critics Awards (including Best Production and Distinguished Writing) in its premiere at the Mark Taper Forum. Stand Up later won four Helen Hayes Awards (including Outstanding Production) at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, before its 1990 Broadway engagement where it received the Joe A. Callaway Playwriting Award. More recently, The Laying on of Hands was developed at the Ojai Playwrights Conference and NYU's HotInk Series. 9 Circles was developed at Ojai and South Coast Rep's Pacific Playwrights Festival. He will return to Ojai this summer with his new play How To Write a New Book For The Bible: A Play For An Older Actress. Cain was the co-creator/writer/producer of "Nothing Sacred," a dramatic television series which premiered in the fall of 1997 on ABC and was awarded a George Foster Peabody Award for Outstanding Achievement in Television.

Tickets ($75) for Equivocation are available via New York City Center box office at 131 W. 55th Street, CityTix at (212) 581-1212 and

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Remy Auberjonois, Charlotte Parry and David Furr
Remy Auberjonois, Charlotte Parry and David Furr Photo by Aubrey Reuben
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