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Jeremy Shamos, Mark Blum, and Sam Robards Join Cast of MTC's THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES

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Jeremy Shamos, Mark Blum, and Sam Robards Join Cast of MTC's THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES

Manhattan Theatre Club has just announced additional casting for the world premiere of The Assembled Parties, the new play by Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg, directed by MTC's award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow. Previously announced Tony nominee Jessica Hecht and Tony and Emmy Award winner Judith Light will be joined by Tony Award nominee Jeremy Shamos, Obie Award winner Mark Blum, and Tony Award nominee Sam Robards.

The limited engagement of The Assembled Parties will begin previews Tuesday, March 19, 2013 and open Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

Shamos can currently be seen opposite Al Pacino in the revival of Glengarry Glen Ross and last season received a Tony nomination for his performance in Clybourne Park. He previously appeared in MTC's productions of We Live Here and Reckless. In The Assembled Parties Shamos will play the role of Jeff, a house guest of the Bascov family.

Blum will play the role of Mort, Faye's (Judith Light's) husband in The Assembled Parties. He recently received critical acclaim for his Off-Broadway performances in Paul Weitz's Lonely I'm Not and MTC's world premiere of Zoe Kazan's We Live Here. He recently concluded a run in the Tony nominated revival of The Best Man.

Robards returns to MTC after appearing in the revival of Absurd Person Singular. He received a 2002 Tony Award nomination for the revival of Arthur Miller's The Man Who Had All The Luck. In The Assembled Parties, Robards will play Ben, the husband of Julie (Jessica Hecht).

THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES welcomes us to the world of the Bascovs, an Upper West Side Jewish family in 1980. In a sprawling Central Park West apartment, former movie star Julie Bascov (Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht) and her sister-in-law Faye (Tony and Emmy Award winner Judith Light) bring their families together for their traditional holiday dinner. But tonight, things are not usual. A house guest (Tony nominee Jeremy Shamos) has joined the festivities for the first time and he unwittingly - or perhaps by design - insinuates himself into the family drama. Twenty years later, as 2001 approaches, the Bascovs' seemingly picture-perfect life may be about to crumble. A stunning new play infused with humor, The Assembled Parties is an incisive portrait of a family grasping for stability at the dawn of a new millennium.

Greenberg returns to MTC following the acclaimed Broadway revival of his play The American Plan. MTC's collaboration with Greenberg spans 20 years and has seen the New York premieres of such lauded works as The Violet Hour, Three Days of Rain, and Eastern Standard. This production marks MTC's 10th collaboration with Greenberg.

The creative team for The Assembled Parties includes: Santo Loquasto (scenic design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), and Obadiah Eaves (original music & sound design).

Casting for final three roles in The Assembled Parties and additional listings information including performance schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country's most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past three decades, MTC productions have earned a total of 18 Tony Awards and six Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and two Off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include Venus in Fur; Master Class; Good People; The Whipping Man; Time Stands Still; The Royal Family; Ruined; The American Plan; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; Translations; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt; Proof; The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; Love! Valour! Compassion!; A Small Family Business; Sylvia; Putting It Together; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain't Misbehavin.'

Tickets for The Assembled Parties will be available starting Thursday, November 1 by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200, online by visiting www.Telecharge.com, or by visiting the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street). Ticket prices will be $67 - $120.

For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

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