Middletown: Georgia Engel & Michael Park join cast

Georgia Engel - best known for her years on the hit television series “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and last seen on Broadway in 'The Drowsy Chaperone' - along with Michael Park - last seen on stage in The Vineyard’s production of 'The Burnt Part Boys' and a 2010 Emmy Award winner for his role on “As The World Turns” -- will join the previously announced Linus Roache and Heather Burns in the World-Premiere of Will Eno’s play Middletown, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll.

Middletown opens at the Vineyard Theatre on 3 Nov 2010, following previews from 13 Oct 2010.

As a friendship develops between longtime resident John Dodge (Linus Roache) and new arrival Mary Swanson (Heather Burns), the lives of the inhabitants of Middletown intersect in strange and poignant ways in a journey that takes them from the local library to outer space and points between.

Georgia Engel began her theatrical career playing 'Minnie Fay' in Hello, Dolly! opposite Ethel Merman. Her other stage credits include originating the role of 'Mrs. Tottendale' in 'The Drowsy Chaperone' on Broadway. As well, she appeared in the original production of 'House of Blue Leaves' and appeared on Broadway in 'My One and Only.' She has donned the habit numerous times in productions of 'Nunsense.Engel is best known for her television roles, having portrayed "Georgette" on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (receiving 2 Emmy nominations), "Shirley Burleigh" on “Coach,” and "Pat McDougal" on “Everybody Loves Raymond” (receiving 3 Emmy nominations).

Michael Park appeared in the Vineyard Theatre’s production of 'The Burnt Part Boys' at Playwrights Horizons last season, and previously appeared in the Broadway productions of 'Carousel,' 'Smokey Joe's Cafe' and 'Little Me.' His numerous Off-Broadway credits include 'Milk and Honey,' 'Violet' and 'Bloomer Girl' and 'Applause' at City Center’s ENCORES. A star of “As The World Turns” since 1997, he recently received the 2010 Emmy Award for Lead Actor for his role in that daytime series, having been nominated twice before.

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