That Face, by Britain's Polly Stenham, Begins NYC Run With Robins, Milioti, Abbott

News   That Face, by Britain's Polly Stenham, Begins NYC Run With Robins, Milioti, Abbott
Manhattan Theatre Club launches Polly Stenham's That Face, the Olivier Award-nominated play that takes a darkly comic look at a troubled family, April 29 at New York City Center Stage I. Laila Robins plays a manipulating mum.
Laila Robins
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Sarah Benson (Blasted, artistic director of Soho Rep) stages the play by the young British writer. This is the work's New York City premiere. Opening night is May 18. The cast features Christopher Abbott (Good Boys and True at Second Stage), Maïté Alina (Off-Broadway debut), Betty Gilpin (Good Boys and True and Boys' Life at Second Stage), Cristin Milioti (The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter at NYTW), Robins (Frozen) and Victor Slezak (Salome).

MTC bills That Face as "a powerful and darkly comic look at an affluent family in freefall. Mia (Cristin Milioti) has been suspended from boarding school. Her brother, Henry (Christopher Abbott), has dropped out altogether. And Martha (Laila Robins), their mum, manipulates them all. Money can no longer fix their problems — now it's up to them. This Olivier Award-nominated play from Britain's fastest-rising young playwright premieres in New York with the director of last season's acclaimed Blasted."

Stenham was 19 when she wrote That Face, which premiered in 2007 at the Royal Court Theatre before transferring to the Duke of York's Theatre in London's West End. It won Evening Standard Award for Best New Play in 2007. In 2009, it was nominated for Best New Play in the Olivier Awards in London. Her second play, Tusk, also received rave reviews and sold out the Royal Court in May 2009. She is currently working on a new commission for the Royal Court Theatre.

The creative team includes David Zinn (scenic and costume design), Tyler Micoleau (lighting design), Matt Tierney (sound design), David Brimmer (fight director) and Ben Furey (dialect coach).

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