Lincoln Center Theatre Opens Claire Tow Theater with SLOWGIRL, Beginning Previews 6/4

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Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of Andre Bishop, Artistic Director, and Bernard Gersten, Executive Producer) has announced that the Claire Tow Theater, its newest stage at Lincoln Center and the future home to its programming initiative LCT3, opens tonight with the LCT3 world premiere production of SLOWGIRL, a new play by Greg Pierce. SLOWGIRL, directed by Anne Kauffman, begins performances tonight, June 4, opens Monday, June 18 and runs for six weeks through Sunday, July 15.

Željko Ivanek and Sarah Steele comprise the two-person cast of SLOWGIRL. SLOWGIRL is the story of Becky (Sarah Steele), a teenager who flees to her reclusive uncle Sterling’s (Željkko Ivanek) retreat in the Costa Rican jungle to escape the aftermath of a horrific accident. The week they spend together forces them both to confront who they are as well as what it is they are running from.   

SLOWGIRL features sets by Rachel Hauck, costumes by Emily Rebholz, lighting by Japhy Weideman and sound by Leah Gelpe

Željko Ivanek received Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations for his performance in the LCT production of Two Shakespearean Actors.  His other stage credits include The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial(Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations), Pillowman,  Loot, Brighton Beach Memoirs (Tony Award nomination) and Cloud Nine (Obie Award).  His many film and television credits include Damages (Emmy Award), The Event, True Blood, Big Love, Heroes, John Adams, Numb3rs, In Bruges, 24, Homicide: Life on the Streets and Oz.

Sarah Steele was featured earlier this season in the LCT3 production All-American.  Her other stage credits include Russian Transpor, Speech and Debate and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.  She has appeared in the films Spanglish, The Good Student and Margaret and on television in Law & Order, Gossip Girl, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and The Good Wife.

The Claire Tow Theater, named after the wife of long-time LCT Board of Directors member Leonard Tow, is the centerpiece of a 23,000 square foot rooftop complex on the Vivian Beaumont Theater which also houses much-needed rehearsal and office space and features an outdoor terrace overlooking the Lincoln Center Plaza which will be surrounded by a new green roof. The structure is intended to be LEED Silver certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

LCT3 was established in 2008 as a programming initiative devoted to producing the work of new artists as well as developing new audiences.  Since its inception, LCT3 has presented nine productions at The Duke on 42nd Street, prior to moving into its new home at Lincoln Center. All tickets to all LCT3 productions are $20.           

In addition to SLOWGIRLLCT is currently presenting the open-ended runs of the 2011 Tony Award winning Best Play War Horse, based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford in association with Handspring Puppet Company and directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris at the Vivian Beaumont Theater and Jon Robin Baitz’s critically acclaimed Other Desert Cities, directed by Joe Mantello on Broadway at the Booth Theater.  LCT’s production of Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles, directed by Daniel Aukin, which was originally presented by LCT3 last June, recently re-opened at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater where its run has been extended through June 17.  In addition, Lincoln Center Theater is a co-producer of the current Broadway production of Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play Clybourne Park, directed by Pam MacKinnon, at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

SLOWGIRL will be performed Monday evenings at 7pm and Wednesday through Sunday evenings at 7pm with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm.  Tickets, priced at $20 for all performances, will be available beginning Sunday, May 13 at the Lincoln Center Theater box office, at Telecharge or by visiting www.lct3.org.

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