PHOTO CALL: Seminar Opens on Broadway; Arrivals, Curtain Call and Party

News   PHOTO CALL: Seminar Opens on Broadway; Arrivals, Curtain Call and Party
Seminar, Theresa Rebeck's new play about the creative and personal tensions of four young novelists who are taking a private writing class with a potentially damaging teacher, opened on Broadway Nov. 20. Alan Rickman — an actor often on the brink of a sneer — is the critic-editor whose tongue is dipped in poison.

At the Golden Theatre on West 45th Street, where previews began Oct. 27, the writers in the orbit of Rickman's editor are played by Tony Award nominee Lily Rabe (The Merchant of Venice) and Broadway newcomers Jerry O'Connell (Hollywood's "Stand By Me" and "Jerry Maguire" and TV's "Crossing Jordan" and "The Defenders"); Obie Award winner Hamish Linklater (the recent School for Lies Off-Broadway and TV's "The New Adventures of Old Christine"); and Hettienne Park (Tony Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures).

Here is the cast and guests on opening night:

Sam Gold (Circle Mirror Transformation, The Aliens, We Live Here) directs, making his Broadway debut. In Seminar, according to the producers, "four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this provocative new comedy."

The production features set and costume design by Tony Award nominee and two-time Obie Award winner David Zinn, lighting design by Drama Desk Award nominee Ben Stanton and original music and sound design by two-time Drama Desk Award winner John Gromada.

The play's producers are Jeffrey Finn, Jill Furman, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Roy Furman, David Ian, David Mirvish, Amy Nauiokas and James Spry.

Tickets are $51.50-126.50, with Premium seating also available. Tickets are also on sale at or by calling (212) 239-6200.


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