Hurlyburly Opens Officially April 20th
The New Group in association with Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum & The Kennedy/Marshall Company proudly present the critically acclaimed revival of Hurlyburly by David Rabe as the premiere production at the new 37 Arts complex (450 West 37th Street). A transfer of the recent New Group production, this 12-week limited Off-Broadway engagement begins previews on Monday, April 11th and opens officially on Wednesday, April 20th at 7:00 PM.
Written by David Rabe, Hurlyburly depicts the addled lives of four Los Angeles men caught in love-hate relationships with Hollywood women. The play is a brutally comic reflection on the decade of decadence in the cocaine-and-sex infused Hollywood Hills in the mid-1980s. The recent New Group production that opened on January 27, 2005 marked the first New York revival of Hurlyburly since its celebrated Broadway run in 1984. The 1984 production began Off-Broadway, then ran for a year on Broadway garnering four Tony® nominations.
Directed by Scott Elliott, this production features Bobby Cannavale, Josh Hamilton, Ethan Hawke, Catherine Kellner, Parker Posey, Wallace Shawn and Halley Wegryn Gross. Set design is by Derek McLane, lighting design is by Jason Lyons, sound design is by Ken Travis and costume design is by Jeff Mahshie.
37 Arts, a new performing arts complex, will celebrate its official opening with Hurlyburly. This 50,000 square-foot, 6-story building will house a unique combination of commercial and non-profit arts organizations including three live theater spaces. The Mikhail Baryshnikov Foundation has purchased the top three floors of the complex as a home for The Baryshnikov Arts Center, which features four studios, offices, and dressing rooms that will be made available to young dancers, choreographers, playwrights, film makers, actors and designers.
Hurlyburly will play at 37 Arts (450 West 37th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues) as follows: Monday through Saturday @ 8:00 PM, with matinee performances on Saturday @ 2:00 PM. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at www.Ticketmaster.com or (212) 307-4100 or at the 37 Arts box office. Box office opens April 4th. Tickets are $76.00 (inclusive of $1.00 facility fee).
Bobby Cannavale ("Phil"): Theater credits include: Fucking A (The Public), A Flea In Her Ear (Roundabout), Two Sisters and a Piano (McCarter Theatre), The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told (Williamstown). Film credits include: Shall We Dance, The Station Agent, The Guru, The Devil and Daniel Webster, The Bone Collector, the upcoming Romance and Cigarettes & Haven. Television credits include: "Will & Grace," "Six Feet Under," "OZ," "Third Watch."
Josh Hamilton ("Mickey"): Theater credits include: Proof (B'way), The Violet Hour (Steppenwolf), This Is Our Youth (The New Group), Sexual Perversity in Chicago (Atlantic), Cider House Rules, As Bees in Honey Drown, Suburbia (Lincoln Center). Film credits include: The Bourne Identity, The House of Yes, With Honors, Alive. Television credits include: "The Practice," "The '60s" (mini-series), "Absolutely Fabulous."
Ethan Hawke ("Eddie"): Theater credits include: Henry IV (Lincoln Center), Chekov's The Seagull (B'way), The Late Henry Moss (Signature), The Cider House Rules, Sam Shepard's Buried Child (Steppenwolf), Sophistry (Playwrights), Tennessee Williams' Camino Real (Williamstown) and many others with The Malaparte Theater Company, where he was also Artistic Director. Film credits include: Assault on Precinct 13, Before Sunset (Academy® Award Nomination Adapted Screenplay), Training Day, Before Sunrise, Hamlet, Gattaca, Reality Bites, Alive, Dead Poets Society, the upcoming Lord of War.
Catherine Kellner ("Bonnie"): Theater credits include: The Iceman Cometh (B'way), The Long Christmas Ride Home (Vineyard), Necessary Targets (Variety Arts), You Never Can Tell (Roundabout). Film credits include: Pearl Harbor, Shaft, 200 Cigarettes.
Parker Posey ("Darlene"): Theater credits include: Taller Than a Dwarf (B'way), Fifth of July (Signature), Four Dogs and a Bone (Geffen). Film credits include: A Mighty Wind, Best in Show, Clockwatchers, The House of Yes, Waiting for Guffman, Personal Velocity, The Daytrippers and upcoming The OH In Ohio & Superman Returns.
Wallace Shawn ("Artie"): Film credits include: Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda, Radio Days and Manhattan, My Dinner with Andre, Vanya on 42nd Street, The Princess Bride, The Incredibles, Monsters Inc., Toy Story. Playwriting credits include: The Fever (Obie Award), Aunt Dan and Lemon, Marie and Bruce, Our Late Night (Obie Award). He has appeared onstage in The Mandrake, The Hotel Play, The Fever, Aunt Dan and Lemon, Wifey, The Designated Mourner.
Halley Wegryn Gross ("Donna"): Theater credits include: Stealing Sweets and Punching People (Summer Play Festival), True Love. TV: "Third Watch," "The Education of Max Bickford."
David Rabe (playwright): The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, Streamers (Tony® Nomination), Boom Boom Room (Tony® Nomination), Sticks and Bones (Tony® Award Best Play). Other awards: New York Drama Critics Circle, Obie and Drama Desk.
Scott Elliott (director): Broadway credits include: The Women, Three Sisters (both with Roundabout Theatre Company) and Present Laughter. Film: A Map of the World. At The New Group, where he is Artistic Director, he has directed Aunt Dan and Lemon, The Women of Lockerbie, Comedians, Smelling a Rat, Ecstasy, Goose-Pimples, Curtains, Hazelwood Jr. High, East is East, Cranes, What the Butler Saw, Betwixt and Andrew After Dark.
Derek McLane (set design): Broadway: I Am My Own Wife, The Women, Present Laughter, The Three Sisters and at The New Group Aunt Dan and Lemon, Comedians, What the Butler Saw, others.
Jason Lyons (lighting design): Kiki & Herb: Coup de Theatre and at The New Group Aunt Dan and Lemon, Comedians, Smelling A Rat, others.
Ken Travis (sound design): B'way/Assoc.: Night Must Fall, Epic Proportions, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; Off-B'way: Kiki & Herb: Coup de Theatre, Endpapers, at The New Group Aunt Dan and Lemon, Comedians, 'Butler', others.
Jeff Mahshie (costume design): Head Designer of Chaiken Clothing since 1998, he is currently creative director there. His work has been featured in countless fashion spreads and he has dressed many celebrities for high-profile events such as the Golden Globes, the Emmy Awards and the Tony® Awards.
After winning the Tony® Award for last year's Avenue Q, The New Group kicked off its 2004-2005 season with Michael Murphy's Sin (A Cardinal Deposed) directed by Carl Forsman and starring John Cullum. Next up was David Rabe's Hurlyburly, which began performances on January 11. Initially set for a limited eight-week engagement, this production extended in a sold-out run through March 19 at Theatre Row's Acorn Theater. This successful season will culminate with the American premiere of the Presnyakov Brothers' Terrorism directed by Will Frears, beginning May 9th. This season also marked the debut of a second production division of the company, The New Group (naked). Last year, the company presented an extended run of Wallace Shawn's Aunt Dan and Lemon directed by Scott Elliott and starring Kristen Johnston and Lili Taylor (Obie Award) and the world premiere of Roar by Betty Shamieh, directed by Marion McClinton. The New Group is a theatre-in-residence at Theatre Row.
Kevin McCollum and Jeffrey Seller are the winners of two Tony Awards for Best Musical: Rent (1996) and Avenue Q (2004). Their other productions include De La Guarda (1998), Baz Luhrmann's production of Puccini's La Bohéme (2002), and Irving Berlin's White Christmas (2004). They are managing partners of 37 Arts and The Booking Group.
Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy formed The Kennedy/Marshall Company in 1991. Their productions include a remarkably diverse group of films, including The Indian in the Cupboard, Snow Falling on Cedars, A Map of the World, The Sixth Sense, Olympic Glory, The Bourne Identity, Signs, Seabiscuit, and last summer's box office success, The Bourne Supremacy.