STAGE TUBE: Meet the Cast of PICNIC!
Maggie Grace (Madge Owens). Maggie Grace currently stars in the sequel to Fox's Taken, Taken 2 - the blockbuster action drama opposite Liam Neeson. Last year, Grace established her character of Irina in Summit Entertainment's highly anticipated The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, to be followed in 2012 by Breaking Dawn - Part 2. Grace will also appear on the popular SHOWTIME series "Californication" opposite David Duchovny. Earlier this year Maggie starred in Lockout, an action-thriller opposite Guy Pearce. No stranger to the world of indie film, Grace has had notable roles in The Experiment, opposite Adrien Brody, Thje Jane Austen Book Club, opposite Maria Bello, Kathy Baker and Emily Blunt, Flying Lessons with Cary Elwes and will soon star in Relative Insanity, opposite Helen Hunt and John Slattery. Other recent film credits include Fox's Knight and Day for director James Mangold, and CBS Films'/Sony International's Faster. Perhaps best known for her role as Shannon Rutherford on ABC's ground-breaking television series "LOST", Grace joined the show during its inception in 2004, remaining one of its stars during the first two seasons and then re-joining for the final season in 2010. Grace currently resides in Los Angeles.
Elizabeth Marvel (Rosemary Sydney). Elizabeth Marvel's most recent film Hyde Park On Hudson opposite Bill Murray and Laura Linney just premiered at this year's New York Film Festival. She held a strong supporting role in Tony Gilroy's Bourne Legacy as well as Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. Beth most recently graced the stage at Lincoln Center in Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities, earning raves for her portrayal of depressive author "Brooke Wyeth." Other recent workS include the FX series "Lights Out" in the heavily recurring role of "Margaret" and the New York Theatre Workshop's Little Foxes, directed by Ivo van Hove, which earned her a Lortel Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress. Ms. Marvel's films include the Coen Brother's Burn After Reading opposite George Clooney and their remake of True Grit, Kevin Asch's Holly Rollers, Craig Lucas' The Dying Gaul, George LaVoo's A Dog Year with Jeff Bridges, Pretty Bird with Paul Giamatti and Billy Crudup and Amy Redford's The Guitar. A native Californian, Beth studied at the Juilliard School in New York City. She has several off Broadway credits, and won Obies for her performances in Misalliance, Hedda Gabler, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Therese Raquin. Her Broadway stage work includes The Seagull, St. Joan, An American Daughter, Taking Sides and Seascape. Ms. Marvel recurred on HBO's "The Newsroom" created by Aaron Sorkin and starring Jeff Daniels. She has also recurred on the Showtime series "Nurse Jackie" and CBS's "Person of Interest". Beth has guest starred on episodes of "The Good Wife", "30 Rock", "Law & Order", "Past Life" and "Kidnapped". She was also a series regular on the CBS series "The District".
Sebastian Stan (Hal Carter). Sebastian Stan is quickly becoming one of Hollywood's most sought after young actors. Stan was last seen on USA Network's buzzed about mini-series "Political Animals", starring opposite Sigourney Weaver and Ellen Burstyn. Stan also appeared on ABC's hit fantasy series "Once Upon A Time" with Ginnifer Goodwin and Jennifer Morrison for a seven-episode arc. On the big screen, Stan is best known for his role as Bucky Barnes in Marvel's box office smash Captain America: The First Avenger. Stan will reprise his role opposite Chris Evens and Tommy Lee Jones in the sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier due out in 2014. Other film credits include Summit Entertainment's Gone with Amanda Seyfried, Darren Aranofsky's BLACK SWAN with Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, Rachel Getting Married with Anne Hathaway, Spread with Ashton Kutcher, Hot Tub Time Machine with John Cusack and Chevy Chase, director Fred Durst's The Education of Charlie Banks, The Architect with Anthony LaPaglia, Isabella Rossellini and Hayden Panettiere and Screen Gem's The Covenant. In 2007, Stan made his Broadway debut opposite Liev Schreiber in Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio. Stan currently resides in New York.
Mare Winningham (Flo Owens). Academy Award nominee and two-time Emmy Award winner Mare Winningham will be making her Broadway debut in Picnic. She most recently garnered back-to-back Emmy Award nominations for the critically lauded HBO film "MildrEd Pierce" and as matriarch 'Sally McCoy' in History Channel's ratings blockbuster mini-series "Hatfields & McCoys." Most recently, Winningham completed a six month run in the Off-Broadway production of Tribes, directed by David Cromer. Other theatre credits include After the Revolution and The Glass Menagerie, along with Bonnie and Clyde: The Musical and Patty Griffin's musical 10 Million Miles.
Ellen Burstyn (Helen Potts). Ellen Burstyn's illustrious acting career encompasses film, stage and television. She became a "triple crown winner" when she won an Emmy for her guest appearance in "Law & Order: SVU" (2009) to add to her Oscar win for Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) and her Tony Award for Same Time, Next Year (1974) on Broadway. Ellen has been nominated for an Academy Award five other times for The Last Picture Show (1972), The Exorcist (1973), Same Time, Next Year, (1979), Resurrection (1981) and Requiem for a Dream (2000). Her many theater credits include the Broadway production of 84 Charing Cross Road (1982), the acclaimed one-woman play Shirley Valentine (1989) and Sacrilege (1995). She received glowing reviews in Stephen Adley Guirgis' play The Little Flower of East Orange (2008), directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman at The Public Theater in New York. In 2011, Ellen appeared in London's West End in Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour to rave reviews. Ellen was the first woman elected president of Actors Equity Association (1982-85), and served as the Artistic Director of the famed Actors Studio where she studied with the late Lee Strasberg. She continues to be active there as co-president with Al Pacino and Harvey Keitel. Academically, Ellen holds four honorary doctorates, one in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, a Doctor of Humane Letters from Dowling College, a doctorate from the New School for Social Research, and a doctorate from Pace University where she teaches in The Actors Studio M.F.A. program. Ellen lectures throughout the country on a wide range of topics, and became a national best-selling author with the publication in 2006 of her memoir, Lessons in Becoming Myself, published by Riverhead Press. In addition to a continuing and thriving acting career, Ellen is writing a screenplay, as well as planning a book of her photography accompanied by her favorite poetry.