The Other Place: cast announced

The MCC Theater have announced complete casting for the world premiere production of Sharr White’s The Other Place, MCC’s second offering of their 25th Anniversary season.

The drama opens at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on 28 Mar 2011, following previews from 11 Mar, and running through to 24 Apr 2011.

As previously announced, Emmy Award winner Laurie Metcalf (Broadway’s November, “Roseanne”) will star, under the direction of Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (The Pride, Glengarry Glen Ross, Take Me Out). Joining Metcalf will be Dennis Boutsikaris, Aya Cash and John Schiappa.

The Other Place: Just as Juliana Smithton’s research leads to a potential breakthrough in Alzheimer treatment drugs, her life takes a disorienting turn. During a lecture to colleagues at an exclusive beach resort, she glimpses an enigmatic young woman in a yellow bikini amidst the crowd of business suits. One step at a time, a mystery unravels as contradictory evidence, blurred truth and fragmented memories collide in a cottage on the windswept shores of Cape Cod.


Dennis Boutsikaris. Broadway: 'Brighton Beach Memoirs' (2009 Revival with Laurie Metcalf), 'Amadeus' (Mozart), 'Filumena' (Director: Sir Laurence Olivier) and 'Bent.' Off Broadway: 'Sight Unseen' (Manhattan Theatre Club/OBIE Award), 'Nest of the Woodgrouse' (Public Theatre; OBIE Award), 'A Picasso' (M.T.C.; Picasso), 'The Boys Next Door,' 'That Championship Season' (Second Stage) and 'Julius Caesar' (Cassius; Public, Delacorte).

Aya Cash stars in the upcoming Fox series “Traffic Light.” In the past she also starred in Fox pilot, “Strange Brew,” and was a recent guest star on “Mercy.” She just finished shooting Julian Farino’s feature “The Oranges” in New York. Her theatre credits include the Off Broadway play 'Offices' written by Joel Cohen, With 'Killers' and 'Other Family' at Rattlestick Theatre, 'Whore' at the Summer Play Festival, 'Three Changes' at Playwrights Horizons, 'The Pain & The Itch,' and many more.

Joe Mantello’s directing credits include 'The Pride,' 'Pal Joey,' '9 to 5,' 'November,' 'The Receptionist,' 'The Ritz,' 'Blackbird,' 'Three Days of Rain,' 'The Odd Couple,' 'Glengarry Glen Ross' (Tony Nomination), 'Laugh Whore,' 'Assassins' (Tony Award), 'Wicked,' 'Take Me Out' (Tony Award), 'Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune,' 'A Man of No Importance,' 'Design For Living,' Terrence McNally and Jake Heggie's 'Dead Man Walking' for San Francisco Opera. 'The Vagina Monologues,' 'Bash,' 'Another American: Asking and Telling,' 'Love! Valour! Compassion!' (Tony Nomination), 'Proposals', 'The Mineola Twins,' 'Corpus Christi,'' Mizlansky/Zilinsky...,' 'Blue Window,' 'God’s Heart,' 'The Santaland Diaries,' 'Snakebit,' 'Three Hotels,' 'Imagining Brad.' As an actor: 'Angels in America' (Tony Nomination) and 'The Baltimore Waltz.'

Laurie Metcalf. In New York, Metcalf most recently appeared on Broadway in Neil Simon’s 'Brighton Beach Memoirs,' directed by David Cromer. Metcalf has also appeared on Broadway opposite Nathan Lane in David Mamet’s comedy 'November,' directed by Joe Mantello, and Alexandra Gersten’s 'My Thing of Love,' directed by Michael Maggio. Metcalf has also appeared in Sam Shepard’s 'A Lie of the Mind,' directed by Ethan Hawke, and 'Balm in Gilead' at the Circle Rep. Metcalf won three Emmy awards for her role as "Jackie Harris" on “Roseanne.” She was also nominated for an Emmy, for her work on “Desperate Housewives.”

John Schiappa. On Broadway, Schiappa has played the roles of 'Taxi Driver' in 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,' 'The Proprietor' in 'Assassins,' Toddy Koovitz in 'Take Me Out,' 'Sammy' in 'Blood Brothers,' 'Lord Savage/Spider' in 'Jekyll & Hyde,' 'Greaseball' in 'Starlight Express' and in 'Jerry Springer the Opera.' Off-Broadway and regionally he has been seen in 'Dust' (West Side Arts), 'Take Me Out' (NYSF), 'Keeping Time' (Berkshire Playwiriting Lab), 'Laughter on the 23rd Foor' (Geva), 'Three Musketeers' (NSMT), 'Company' (Huntington), American premiere of 'New Year,' directed by Sir Peter Hall (HGO), 'The Ballad of Little Jo,' (Lyric Fest), 'Romeo & Juliet '(Goodspeed), 'Little Shop of Horrors' (ATC) and 'Aida' (NSMT).

Sharr White’s 'Sunlight' premiered at Marin Theatre Company in January 2010. White’s 'Six Years' premiered at the 2006 Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville (Hal Brooks, dir.) White’s other plays include 'Iris Fields,' 'The Escape Velocity of Savages' and 'Satellites of the Sun.' White is the recipient of a 2006 New York Foundation For the Arts Fellowship (Six Years); and Marin Theatre Company’s 2009 Skye Cooper New American Play Prize (Sunlight).