Holland Taylor and Marylouise Burke Engage in a Battle of Wills in MTC's Ripcord, Beginning Tonight | Playbill

News Holland Taylor and Marylouise Burke Engage in a Battle of Wills in MTC's Ripcord, Beginning Tonight
Previews begin Oct. 1 for the world premiere of Ripcord by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire at Manhattan Theatre Club. The Off-Broadway staging, about two women who butt heads in a nursing home, stars Emmy winner and Tony nominee Holland Taylor ("Two and a Half Men") and Drama Desk Award winner Marylouise Burke (Kimberly Akimbo, Fuddy Meers).

The full cast also includes Rachel Dratch (Love’s Labour’s Lost, "SNL"), Glenn Fitzgerald ("The Sixth Sense"), Daoud Heidami (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) and Nate Miller (Peter and the Starcatcher).

MTC's staging of Ripcord, helmed by Tony and Emmy winner David Hyde Pierce, is scheduled to officially open Oct. 20 at New York City Center – Stage I. Performances were scheduled to begin Sept. 29 but were delayed due to the need for additional technical rehearsals. 

David Lindsay-Abaire's Ripcord, With Holland Taylor and Rachel Dratch, Meets The Press

Lindsay-Abaire is the award-winning author of Rabbit Hole, Fuddy Meers and Good People. His newest comedy, Ripcord, is described as both "inappropriate" and "hilarious," as it follows two elderly women in a no-holds-barred battle of wills - to the death.

"A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Assisted Living Facility," state press notes. "So when the cantankerous Abby (Taylor) is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn (Burke), she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the old women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden." The creative team includes Alexander Dodge (scenic design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Jennifer von Mayrhauser (costume design), John Gromada (original music and sound design) and Thomas Schall (fight director)

Tickets are available by calling CityTix on (212) 581-1212, online by visiting NYCityCenter, or by visiting New York City Center box office located at 131 West 55th St. For more information visit MTC.

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