Sam Gold Will Direct MTC's We Live Here; Michael Chernus Will Join David Hyde Pierce in Close Up Space

News   Sam Gold Will Direct MTC's We Live Here; Michael Chernus Will Join David Hyde Pierce in Close Up Space
Manhattan Theatre Club has announced additional casting and creative team members for its upcoming Off-Broadway, world-premiere productions of Zoe Kazan's We Live Here and Molly Smith Metzler's Close Up Space, which will both be seen at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

Michael Chernus
Michael Chernus Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Obie Award winner Sam Gold (Kin, Tigers Be Still, Circle Mirror Transformation) will direct Kazan's We Live Here, which will begin performances Sept. 22 with an official opening Oct. 12. The cast will feature the talents of Betty Gilpin (MTC’s That Face, The Language Archive) in the role of Dinah, Oscar Isaac (Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, MTC’s Beauty of the Father) in the role of Daniel and Jeremy Shamos (Clybourne Park, MTC’s Reckless) in the role of Sandy.

"Allie Bateman’s wedding is Sunday," according to press notes. "When Dinah (Gilpin), 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."

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

Smith's Close Up Space, which will begin previews Dec. 1 with an official opening Dec. 19, will be directed by Obie Award winner Leigh Silverman and will feature Obie Award winner Michael Chernus (In The Wake, Hunting and Gathering) in the role of Steve, assistant to Paul Barrow (David Hyde Pierce).

"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," according to MTC. "With an assistant (Chernus) 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." The creative team includes Todd Rosenthal (scenic design), Emily Rebholz (costume design), Matthew Frey (lighting design) and Jill BC Du Boff (sound design).

Additional casting, performance schedule and other listings information for both productions will be announced in the coming weeks.

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