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33 Variations: Samantha Mathis, Colin Hanks and more join Jane Fonda in cast



Producer David Binder has announced additional casting and the design team for the upcoming Broadway production of Mois�s Kaufman�s 33 Variations.

Joining previously announced Oscar & Emmy Award winning actress Jane Fonda (Katherine Brandt) are Samantha Mathis (Clara Brandt), Colin Hanks (Mike Clark), Zach Grenier (Beethoven), Don Amendolia (Anton Diabelli), Susan Kellermann (Dr. Gertie Ladenburger), Erik Steele (Anton Schindler) and Diane Walsh (Pianist).

The design team includes Derek McLane (Sets), Janice Pytel (Costumes), David C. Woolard (Additional Costumes), David Lander (Lights), Andr� Pluess (Sound), Jeff Sugg (Projection Design), Charles LaPointe (Hair/Wig Design), Daniel Pelzig (Choreography) and Mark Bly (Dramaturg).

33 Variations opens at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on 9 Mar 2009, following previews from 9 Feb, playing through to 24 May 2009.

The drama will see Jane Fonda return to Broadway for the first time in 46 years. Oscar & Emmy Award winning Jane Fonda made her Broadway debut in the 1960 play 'There Was a Little Girl' for which she earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured actress. Her last appearance on Broadway was in the 1963 drama 'Strange Interlude.'

Mois�s Kaufman is both the author and director of 33 Variations. This production will mark his Broadway debut as a playwright.

33 Variations tells the story of Beethoven's fascination with a trivial waltz, and the modern-day musicologist Katherine Brandt who sets out to discover the root of his obsession. As Beethoven�s indisputable genius and delightful humanity come to life on the sheet music in front of her, Katherine not only reveals the true nature of his gift, but also comes to embrace the beauty and legacy of her own life.

David Binder (A Raisin in the Sun) presents the Tectonic Theater Project�s production of 33 Variations. Producers for 33 Variations also include Ruth Hendel, Barbara Whitman, Hal Goldberg, Eric Schnall, Jayne Baron Sherman, Arielle Tepper Madover and Latitude Link.

33 Variations was developed in association with Arena Stage and played pre-Broadway tryouts at Arena Stage and the La Jolla Playhouse.

Tectonic Theater Project is the award winning non-profit theater company behind such plays as 'The Laramie Project' and 'Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde,' as well as nationally recognized arts education programs in high schools and universities around the country.

In addition to being the Artistic Director of Tectonic Theatre Project, Mois�s Kaufman is a Tony and Emmy nominated director and award-winning playwright for 'I Am My Own Wife' & 'The Laramie Project.'

Jane Fonda (Katherine Brandt) was nominated for a Tony for her role as 'Toni Newton' in 'There Was a Little Girl' (1960). Her other Broadway credits include: 'Invitation to a March' (1960), 'The Fun Couple' (1962) and 'Strange Interlude' (1963). She won oscar's for her roles in the films 'Klute' (1971) and 'Coming Home' (1979) and won Golden Globe Awards for her performances in 'Klute,' 'Julia' (1977), 'Coming Home' as well as the 1962 Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer. Fonda has won the Golden Globe's Henrietta Award for World Film Favorite a total of three times.

Samantha Mathis (Clara Brandt). 33 Variations will be Mathis' second outing on Broadway, she made her Broadway debut in 'The Man Who Had All the Luck' (Hester Falk: 2002). Her film career includes 'Pump Up The Volume' opposite Christian Slater, 'The Thing Called Love' alongside River Pheonix. Other notable film credits include starring opposite John Travolta in 'The Punisher, and Christian Bale and Reese Witherspoon in 'American Psycho.' Mathis' television credits include the TNT miniseries, 'Nightmare�s and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King,' 'Salem�s Lot' and 'The Mists of Avalon.'

Colin Hanks (Mike Clark) is making his Broadway debut. In 2002 he starred in London�s West End production of Ken Lonergan's 'This Is Our Youth.' On Film, Hanks was recently seen playing George W. Bush�s speechwriter in the political drama, 'W' alongside Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Banks. This past summer Hanks starred as Anna Faris� love interest in the comedy, 'House Bunny.' He first came to notice for his role as 'Shaun Brumder' in the teen movie 'Orange County. Colin�s recent television credits include playing the role of 'Father Gil' on the Emmy Award winning drama series 'Mad Men' and the CBS crime drama series 'Numb3rs.'

Zach Grenier's (Beethoven) Broadway credits include playing 'Thomas Cromwell' in Roundabout Theatre Company�s recent revival of 'A Man for All Seasons' (2008). His other Broadway credits are 'Voices in the Dark' (Egan: 1999) and 'Mastergate' (various: 1989). His film credits include 'Fight Club' and 'Zodiac.' On TV he played 'Carl Webb' in the first season of '24' and for the character 'Andy Cramed', which he played in nine episodes of 'Deadwood.'

Don Amendolia (Anton Diabelli) originated the role of Anton Diabelli in 33 Variations when it played at California's La Jolla Playhouse. His Broaway credits are 'Stepping Out' (Geoffrey: 1987) and 'My One And Only' (Achmed/Prince Tchatchavadze: 1983).

Susan Kellermann's (Dr. Gertie Ladenburger) Broadway credits are 'Judgment at Nuremberg' (Elsa Lindnow: 2001), 'Lunch Hour' (Nora: 1980), 'Whose Life is it Anyway?' (Margaret Hill: 1980 revival) and 'Last Licks' (Fiona Raymond: 1979). Her film credits include 'Last Holiday,' 'Devil's Advocate,' and 'Beetlejuice.'

Erik Steele's (Anton Schindler) Broadway credits are 'Inherit The Wind' (multiple: 2007 revival) and' Tartuffe' (mulitiple: 2003 revival).

Diane Walsh (Pianist) played in 33 Variations at California's La Jolla Playhouse. Walsh has played as a soloist with acclaimed American and European orchestras, and recitals in major venues in North and South America, Europe, and Russia.

Mois�s Kaufman (Playwright & Director) is a Tony and Emmy nominated director and award-winning playwright. His plays 'Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde' and 'The Laramie Project' have been among the most performed plays in America over the last decade. Mr. Kaufman also directed the Pulitzer and Tony award-winning play 'I Am My Own Wife' (2003), earning him an Obie award for his direction as well as a Tony nomination.

David Binder (Producer). As well as producing 33 Variations, Binder is also producing the Broadway revival of Friedrich Schiller's 'Mary Stuart' which will star Janet McTeer and Harriet Walter, playing at the Broadhurst Theatre from Mar 2009. His previous Broadway production credits are 'A Raisin in the Sun' (2004 revival), 'Frost/Nixon' (2007) and 'Legally Blonde' (2007).

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