MTC's Airline Highway to close one week early

The Manhattan Theatre Club's production of Airline Highway, which began previews at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on 1 April 2015, before an official opening on 23 April 2015, will close one week early. The final performance will now take place on 7 June 2015.

Airline Highway is written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Lisa D’Amour and directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello.

Synopsis: "In the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans’ infamous Airline Highway, a group of friends gather. A rag-tag collection of strippers, hustlers and philosophers have come together to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, an iconic burlesque performer who has requested a funeral before she dies. The party rages through the night as old friends resurface to pay their respects."

The cast of Airline Highway includes Carolyn Braver, Todd d'Amour, Shannon Eagen, Venida Evans, Joe Forbrich, K. Todd Freeman, Leslie Hendrix, Scott Jaeck, Sekou Laidlow, Ken Marks, Toni Martin, Caroline Neff, Tim Edward Rhoze, Judith Roberts, Joe Tippett, and Julie White.

The play features scenic design by Scott Pask, costumes by David Zinn, lighting by Japhy Weideman, sound design and original music by Fitz Patton, and fight direction by Thomas Schall.

Airline Highway was commissioned and developed by Steppenwolf Theatre Company with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Prior to coming to MTC, Airline Highway received its world premiere at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre on 4 December 2014.

- by Tom Millward