Manhattan Theatre Club announces two additional off-Broadway productions

Manhattan Theatre Club are as announced the New York premiere of Lynn Redgrave�s Nightingale and the New York premiere of Polly Stenham�s That Face will be a part of Manhattan Theatre Club�s upcoming 2009-2010 Off-Broadway season at New York City Center � Stage I.

Nightingale and That Face join the previously announced New York premiere of Donald Margulies� Time Stands Still at City Center and a Broadway season at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre which will include a new production of George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber�s The Royal Family and the Broadway premiere of Donald Margulies� Collected Stories.

In the coming weeks, MTC will announce one more production for the Friedman Theatre. That announcement will complete MTC�s upcoming season which will include three productions at the Friedman Theatre and three productions at New York City Center.

Off-Broadway at New York City Center � Stage I.

Written by and starring Lynn Redgrave
Directed by Joseph Hardy
Previews from 11 Feb 2010
Opens on 24 Feb 2010

Tony Award and Academy Award nominee Lynn Redgrave has written and is acting in a new play inspired by her need to discover memories of her grandmother � a woman she barely knew. Redgrave, the author of 'Shakespeare For My Father,' creates the events that likely transformed Mildred from an eager, na�ve girl into an embittered woman and explores Mildred's troubled relationships with her husband, her children and her life.

Nightingale is a play about a promising woman stymied by society and all but erased by history, a touching personal tribute and a resounding song for all those people whose voices we�ve lost, or never known. Directing this New York premiere is Tony Award winner Joseph Hardy (Child�s Play).

That Face
Written by Polly Stenham
Previews from 29 Apr 2010
Opens on 18 May 2010

Mia and Henry have long been dealing with their mother�s addictions, but after a prank goes wrong at Mia�s boarding school, their situation goes from comically bad to utterly ridiculous. When their estranged father arrives to sort things out, they must face the reality that their well-to-do family may have combusted beyond repair. Following critically acclaimed sell-out runs at The Royal Court Theatre and in London�s West End, this award-winning first work by Polly Stenham makes its New York debut next spring.

Casting, director, and creative team for That Face will be announced at a later date.

Below is previously announced information on MTC�s 2009-2010 season.

Off-Broadway at New York City Center � Stage I.

Time Stands Still
Written by Donald Margulies
Directed by Daniel Sullivan
Previews from 15 Oct 2009
Opens on 3 Nov 2009

Are we supposed to deny ourselves ordinary happiness because there�s misery in the world? This is one of many questions Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies poses in his new play. James and Sarah, a journalist and a photographer, have been together for nine years and share a passion for documenting the realities of war. But when injuries force them to return home to New York, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life.

This new production of Time Stands Still marks the fourth collaboration for Margulies and Tony winning director Daniel Sullivan ('Sight Unseen' on Broadway, 'Brooklyn Boy,' 'Dinner with Friends'). The upcoming productions of Time Stands Still at Stage I and Collectd Stories at the Friedman will mark the ninth and 10th collaboration between Manhattan Theatre Club and Donald Margulies. The relationship began almost 25 years ago with the 'What�s Wrong With This Picture?' which played MTC�s original home at Stage 73 on the Upper East Side.

Broadway at MTC�S Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

The Royal Family Written by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber
Directed by Doug Hughes
Previews from 15 Sep 2009
Opens on 8 Oct 2009

It's half past one in the fabulously cluttered Cavendish duplex in the East Fifties, and anyone who's anyone is still asleep. So begins The Royal Family, a comedy of theatrical manners, written by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber, whose other storied collaborations include 'Dinner at Eight' and 'Stage Door.' The play follows the Cavendishes, the famous family of stage stars, as they go about the drama of the day: choosing scripts, dashing off to a performance, and stealing kisses with handsome beaus. But what's this business about the younger Miss Cavendish wanting to quit the stage for domestic bliss? Never, darling!

The comedy will be directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt). And the cast includes Tony winner John Glover as �Herbert Dean,� Tony Award winner and Oscar nominee Rosemary Harris as �Fanny Cavendish,� Tony Award nominee Jan Maxwell as �Julie Cavendish, and Tony Award nominee Reg Rogers as �Tony Cavendish.�

This will mark Rosemary Harris� second time appearing in The Royal Family on Broadway. In the 1976 production, she played the role of �Julie Cavendish,� the role that will be played by Jan Maxwell in the upcoming Broadway production.

Broadway at MTC�S Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

Collected Stories
Written by Donald Margulies
Directed by Lynne Meadow
Previews from 6 Apr 2010
Opens on 28 Apr 2010

Tony Award winner Linda Lavin and director Lynne Meadow, who collaborated on MTC�s 'The Tale of the Allergist�s Wife,' reunite for a new production of Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies' drama. Collected Stories chronicles the relationship between two female writers: Ruth Steiner (Lavin), a celebrated New York author with a dry wit and a distinguished career; and her bright-eyed young prot�g�, Lisa Morrison. As their relationship evolves and the line between fact and fiction starts to blur, their story comes to an explosive conclusion.

Last season, MTC�s Broadway stage was renamed the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The landmarked theatre has been the institution�s home on Broadway since 2003 and was rehabilitated by MTC following a two-year, $35 million capital campaign. In addition, MTC operates an Off-Broadway home at New York City Center, where it has been in residence since 1984.