That Face: MTC announce full cast

The Manhattan Theatre Club have announced the full cast for their Off-Broadway production of Polly Stenham’s That Face, directed by Sarah Benson, opening at NY City Center Stage I on 18 May 2010, following previews from 29 Apr and running through to 27 Jun 2010.

The cast will feature Christopher Abbott, Maïté Alina, Betty Gilpin, Cristin Milioti, Laila Robins and Victor Slezak (Hugh).

Laila Robins replaces the previously announced Elizabeth Marvel.

That Face is a comic-drama that looks at an affluent family in freefall. Mia has been suspended from boarding school. Her brother, Henry, has dropped out altogether. And Martha (Elizabeth Marvel), their mum, manipulates them all. Money can no longer fix their problems – now it's up to them.

The creative team for includes David Zinn (Scenic and Costume Design), Tyler Micoleau (Lighting Design) and Matt Tierney (Sound Design).


Christopher Abbott (Henry). New York credits include 'Mouth to Mouth' (New Group), 'Good Boys and True' (Second Stage), 'The Happy Sad' (Public/SPF), 'Playlist' (Ars Nova). Television: “Nurse Jackie,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” Film: "Snapshots."

Maïté Alina (Alice). Regional credits include 'Esperanza Rising,' 'Cephalopod,' 'Marisol,' 'A Room Embodied,' 'Reckless' and 'Flesh and Blood.' Television credits include “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”

Betty Gilpin (Izzy) made her Off-Broadway debut in 2008 in Second Stage’s production of 'Good Boys and True.' This was followed shortly thereafter by a return to Second Stage in Howard Korder’s 'Boys’ Life.' Last summer, she co-starred with Wendie Malick in Noah Haidle’s two character play, 'What is the Cause of Thunder?' at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her most recent projects include episodes of the new series "Past Life," "The Unusuals," "Possible Side Effects," "Fringe," "New Amsterdam," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and "Medium." She also can be seen in roles in the films "Death in Love," "The Northern Kingdom" and the DreamWorks feature "Ghost Town" with Ricky Gervais.

Cristin Milioti (Mia). Credits include LCT3's 'Stunning,' New York Theatre Workshop's 'The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter,' 'The Retributionists' at Playwrights' Horizons, 'Crooked' at the Women's Project, 'Some Americans Abroad' at Second Stage, and Broadway's 'Coram Boy' and 'The Lieutenant of Inishmore.' Cristin also recently starred in the upcoming film "The Year of the Carnivore" (which opened the Toronto International Film Festival), and has had recurring roles on “The Sopranos” and “The Unusuals.”

Laila Robins (Martha) was seen on Broadway in 'Heartbreak House,' 'Frozen,' 'The Herbal Bed' and 'The Real Thing.' Off-Broadway credits include 'The Great War,' 'Antony and Cleopatra,' 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' 'Sore Throats,' 'Tiny Alice,' 'Mrs. Klein,' 'The Merchant Of Venice,' 'The Extra Man,' 'Bloody Poetry' and 'The Film Society.' Film credits include "Welcome to Academia," "Loss of a Teardrop Diamond," "Multiple Sarcasms," "August," "The Good Shepherd," "Jailbait," "Things That Hang From Trees," "Slippery Slope," "Oxygen," "Planes," "Trains and Automobiles," "An Innocent Man," "Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael," "True Crime," "Female Perversions" and "Searching For Paradise." Television credits include “Army Wives,” “Bored To Death,” “In Treatment,” “God in America,” “The Sopranos,” “Sex And The City,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Law and Order: CI,” “Law and Order,” “Third Watch,” “The Book Of Daniel,” “All My Children” and the series lead in “Gabriel's Fire” opposite James Earl Jones.

Victor Slezak (Hugh). Broadway: 'Salome' (with Al Pacino), 'The Graduate,' J'ackie: An American Life,' 'Suddenly Last Summer' opposite Elizabeth Ashley, 'Any Given Day.' Off-Broadway: Willie Holtzman’s 'Something You Did' and 'Sabina' for Primary Stages, Neal LaBute’s 'Things We Said Today' (w/ Dana Delaney), 'Beauty on the Vine,' Alan Ball’s 'All That I Will Ever Be,' Paul Rudnick’s 'The Naked Truth,' Horton Foote’s 'The Widow Claire,' 'Ghosts' opposite Geraldine Page, 'The Hasty Heart,' 'Talk Radio,' Christopher Shinn’s 'Other People, 'among others. Film: "Salt," "Bride Wars," "Veronika Decides to Die," "Happy Tears," "The International," "Taking Chance," "The Notorious Bettie Paige," "The Siege," "The Bridges of Madison County" among others. Television: “The Good Wife,” John Frankenheimer’s “Path to War” for HBO, “The Ponder Heart,” for PBS’s American Masterpiece Series, “Law & Order,” “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles,” among others.

Polly Stenham is a 22-year-old British playwright. That Face was her debut play, and premiered at London's Royal Court Theatre in 2007, for which she won the Evening Standard's 2007 Charles Wintour Award and was named by the Critics Circle as that year's Most Promising Playwright. HEr second play 'Tusk Tusk' premiered at the Rotal Court in 2009, again to critical acclaim. She is currently working on her third play, and is adapting her previous two plays for the screen. Sarah Benson (Director) is the Artistic Director of Soho Rep. Her credits include the NY Premiere pf Sarah Kane’s 'Blasted' (Soho Rep), Erin Courtney’s 'Quiver & Twitch,' (New York Stage & Film), 'The Lottery' (HERE Arts Center). Sarah moved to New York from London on a Fulbright for Theater Direction. She co-curated the 'PRELUDE Festival' at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center for two seasons. At Soho Rep she has commissioned and produced work by artists including: Annie Baker, Thomas Bradshaw, Cynthia Hopkins, Young Jean Lee, John Jesurun, Nature Theatre of Oklahoma and Anne Washburn.