Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway

The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson) opened the world premiere of THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING, written and directed by Richard Nelson last night, November 2. THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING, the first play of the 2010-2011 Public LAB season, will run through November 14 in The Public's Anspacher Theater. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the opening and brings you photo coverage below.

THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING is set on election day, November 2, 2010. Uncle Benjamin's dog has died and his nieces and nephew have gathered for dinner in Rhinebeck, New York, to surprise him with a new one. While the polls close, the Apple family discusses memory, manners, and politics. Richard Nelson (Conversations in Tusculum at The Public, James Joyce's The Dead) returns to The Public with a timely new play that examines the state of the nation at this pivotal moment in our history.

The cast for THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING features Jon Devries (Benjamin Apple), Shuler Hensley (Tim Andrews), Maryann Plunkett (Barbara Apple), Laila Robins (Marian Apple Platt), Jay O. Sanders (Richard Apple) and J. Smith-Cameron (Jane Apple Halls).

THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING features scenic and costume design by Susan Hilferty; lighting design by Jennifer Tipton; and sound design by Scott Lehrer.

Public LAB, conceived in association with LAByrinth Theater Company, is an annual series of new plays that lets New Yorkers see more of the work they love from The Public in scaled-down productions. Public LAB allows The Public to support more artists, and gives audiences immediate access to new plays in development. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supported Public LAB with one of the largest grants ever received by The Public Theater.

All tickets for Public LAB are $15 and can be purchased by calling (212) 967-7555, by visiting www.publictheater.org, or in person at The Public Theater box office. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride / WM Photos

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway

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"That Hopey Changey Thing"

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway
Oskat Eustis (Executive Director)

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John Collins

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John Collins

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Andrew D. Hamingson (Executive Director)

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway
Mandy Hackett ( Associate Artistic Director)

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway
Andrew D. Hamingson, Richard Nelson, Mandy Hackett and Oskar Eustis

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway
Richard Nelson (Playwright & Director)

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Richard Nelson (Playwright & Director)

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway
Richard Nelson (Playwright & Director)

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway
Richard Nelson (Playwright & Director) & Molly Hackett (Associate Artistic Directot)

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Kenneth Lonergan

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway
Kenneth Lonergan

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway
Jon Devries

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Shuler Hensley

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway
Shuler Hensley

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Matthew Broderick

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway
Matthew Broderick

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway
Matthew Broderick

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway
Matthew Broderick

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway
Matthew Broderick

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Jay O. Sanders & Matthew Broderick

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway
Jay O. Sanders & Matthew Broderick

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Jay O. Sanders & Maryann Plunkett

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Jay O. Sanders, Maryann Plunkett and their son Jamie Sanders

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway
Jay O. Sanders, Maryann Plunkett and their son Jamie Sanders

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway
J. Smith-Cameron

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway
J. Smith-Cameron

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J. Smith-Cameron

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway
Kenneth Lonergan & J. Smith-Cameron

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway
Laila Robins, Richard Nelson & J. Smith-Cameron

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Laila Robins

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Laila Robins

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway
Laila Robins

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway
Laila Robins

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway
Laila Robins

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Laila Robins & Robert Cuccioli

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway
Laila Robins & Robert Cuccioli

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway
Laila Robins & Robert Cuccioli

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway
Laila Robins & Robert Cuccioli

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway
Richard Nelson, Laila Robins and Jon Devries

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway
Jon Devries, Laila Robins, Jay O. Sanders, Richard Nelson, Maryann Plunkett, Shuler Hensley and J. Smith-Cameron

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway
Andrew D. Hamingson, Jon Devries, Laila Robins, Jay O. Sanders, Richard Nelson, Maryann Plunkett, Shuler Hensley, Oskar Eustis and J. Smith-Cameron

Photo Coverage: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING Opens Off-Broadway

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.