Photo Coverage: Opening Night at FESTEN
Bill Kenwright and Marla Rubin present The Almeida Theatre production, which stars Jeremy Sisto ("Six Feet Under," Thirteen), Larry Bryggman (Twelve Angry Men, Proof), Michael Hayden (Henry IV, Carousel), Ali MacGraw (films such as Love Story) and Julianna Margulies ("ER"), as well as John Carter, Diane Davis, Keith Davis, David PatRick Kelly, Stephen Kunken, Carrie Preston, Christopher Evan Welch and C.J. Wilson. Directed by Rufus Norris (who won the Evening Standard and Critic's Circle awards for directing the London production), Festen is seen in a dramatization by David Eldridge from the Danish 1998 film.
In Festen, "a beloved patriarch (Bryggman), surrounded by his wife (MacGraw), his daughter (Margulies), his two sons (Hayden as Christian; Sisto as Michael) and a host of family and friends, is celebrating his 60th birthday at his country home. This promises to be a very special occasion, but as the evening progresses, the man's eldest son, Christian, feels compelled to break the silence surrounding a family secret. Standing to propose a toast, he offers his father - much to the delight of the guests - an amusing yet simple choice. And so the games begin. Revelations and accusations tumble across the dinner table, paving the way for a celebration that no one will ever forget," state press notes.
Tickets are $95-$75-$30, and are available at the box office, through Telecharge, 212-239-6200 or www.telecharge.com.
Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.
Anthony Edwards and wife
Michael Emerson ("Lost")
Barbara Taylor Bradford
Michael Cerveris and Todd Cerveris
Bill Kenwright and Jenny Seagrove
Larry Bryggman, Ali MacGraw and Christopher Evan Welch
Michael Hayden, Diane Davis and C.J. Wilson
Jeremy Sisto, David PatRick Kelly, Ezra Knight and Julianna Margulies
Michael Hayden, Diane Davis, C.J. Wilson, John Carter, Larry Bryggman, Ali MacGraw and Christopher Evan Welch
Christopher Evan Welch, Meredith Lipson, Michael Bakkensen, Carrie Preston, Jeremy Sisto, David PatRick Kelly, Ezra Knight, Julianna Margulies, Michael Hayden and Diane Davis
Jill Clayburgh and Lily Rabe
Christopher Evan Welch
Julianna Margulies and Larry Bryggman
Julianna Margulies and Ali MacGraw
Ali MacGraw and Larry Bryggman
David PatRick Kelly
Meredith Lipton and Ryan Simpkins