MTC 2012/13 Season: three plays announced


Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) have announced three productions for their upcoming 2012-2013 theatrical season.

MTC’s Broadway season at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre will begin this fall with the American premiere of Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s new version of An Enemy Of The People by Henrik Ibsen, directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt, The Royal Family, The Whipping Man, Defiance), starring four-time Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines, currently appearing in MTC’s The Columnist (Contact, The Heidi Chronicles) and Emmy Award winner Richard Thomas (Race, Democracy, Fifth of July).

MTC’s Off-Broadway season at New York City Center – Stage I will begin this fall with the New York premiere of Golden Age, the new play by four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally (Master Class, The Lisbon Traviata, Love! Valour! Compassion!), directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie (Venus in Fur, Chicago, The Submission).

Also part of MTC’s Off-Broadway season will be the world premiere of The Madrid, the new play by Liz Flahive (From Up Here, “Nurse Jackie”), directed by two-time Obie Award winner Leigh Silverman (Chinglish, From Up Here, In the Wake), starring four-time Emmy Award winner and Tony nominee Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie,” House of Blue Leaves, “The Sopranos”).

Meadow and Greenfield are finalizing plans for the rest of the 2012-2013 season and will announce additional productions in the coming weeks.

Broadway: Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

American Premiere
An Enemy Of The People
Playwright: Henrik Ibsen. A new version by Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Director: Doug Hughes
Cast: Boyd Gaines, Richard Thomas, with further cast tba
Synopsis: When Dr. Thomas Stockmann (Boyd Gaines) discovers toxic contamination in the water used at the local baths, he expects to be hailed as a hero. But since the baths are the town’s main source of revenue, the community fights to silence him… and Dr. Stockmann learns that there are forces more powerful than truth.
Previews: 4 Sep 2012
Opens: 27 Sep 2012
Closes: tba

MTC Artistic Director Lynne Meadow said, “I am looking forward to a season of new plays and new perspectives on world renowned works. I’m thrilled to open the Broadway season with Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s vibrant new version of Ibsen’s An Enemy Of The People with Doug Hughes directing the American premiere for us at the Friedman Theatre. It has been 40 years since the play was last seen on Broadway and the power and humanity of Ibsen’s masterpiece is as timely as ever – especially in the fall election season.”

Off-Broadway: NY City Center Stage I

New York Premiere
Golden Age
Playwright: Terrence McNally
Director: Walter Bobbie
Synopsis:It's opening night of Vincenzo Bellini's new opera I Puritani in Paris in 1835. The Italian composer is determined to win the adulation of not only his French audience, but his colleagues and rivals as well. Everything depends on it.
Cast: tba
Previews: 13 Nov 2012
Opens: 4 Dec 2012
Closes: tba

World Premiere
The Madrid
Playwright: Liz Flahive
Director: Leigh Silverman
Synopsis: Martha is a kindergarten teacher with a life many would want: a loving husband, a devoted daughter. But when she leaves it all behind, it’s up to her daughter Sarah to pick up the pieces.
Cast: Edie Falco, with further cast tba
Previews: 5 Feb 2013
Opens: 26 Feb 2013
Closes: tba

MTC Artistic Producer Mandy Greenfield, who leads programming and execution at MTC’s Off-Broadway home at New York City Center, said, “I am delighted that we will open our Off-Broadway season with Terrence McNally and Walter Bobbie creating a new production for the New York premiere of Golden Age. I am also thrilled to bring playwright Liz Flahive and director Leigh Silverman back together at MTC, following our successful collaboration on From Up Here, for the world premiere of Liz’s MTC-commissioned play The Madrid. We are especially excited that we’ll be joined by Edie Falco to create the role of Martha in this beautiful, funny, and sensitive play.”