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Tracie Thoms & John Hawkes to Star in David Auburn's LOST LAKE at MTC; Performances Begin 10/21

Tracie Thoms & John Hawkes to Star in David Auburn's LOST LAKE at MTC; Performances Begin 10/21

Lynne Meadow and Barry Grove have announced casting for Manhattan Theatre Club's upcoming world premiere of LOST LAKE, the new play by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan. The play will feature Oscar nominee John Hawkes (The Sessions, Winter's Bone) and Tracie Thoms (Rent, "Cold Case").

The limited engagement of LOST LAKE will begin previews Tuesday, October 21 for a Tuesday, November 11 opening night at MTC at New York City Center - Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

The team behind the Pulitzer Prize-winning Proof and The Columnist returns to MTC with LOST LAKE, a riveting and spirited world premiere play by Tony winner David Auburn, directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan.

The lakeside rental Veronica (Tracie Thoms) has managed to afford is a far cry from the idyllic getaway she and her children so desperately need. And the disheveled property owner, Hogan (John Hakwes), has problems of his own - problems that Veronica is inevitably and irrevocably - pulled into.

An engrossing and revealing portrait of two strangers bound together by circumstance, LOST LAKE is a vivid new work about the struggle for connection in an imperfect world.

The creative team and casting for the role of Jared, Veronica's young son will be announced in the coming weeks. Additional listings information including performance schedule and single ticket information for LOST LAKE will be announced shortly.

LOST LAKE is presented as part of MTC's 2014-2015 season, joining the previously announced world premiere productions of THE COUNTRY HOUSE by Donald Margulies, directed by Daniel Sullivan starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Blythe Danner, and THE WORLD OF EXTREME HAPPINESS by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, directed by Eric Ting. Additional productions for the 2014-2015 season will be announced shortly.

Subscriptions for MTC's 2014-2015 season are available by calling (212) 399-3050 (Monday through Friday NOON - 10 PM, Saturday 3 PM - 6:30 PM) or online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com. Single tickets to the productions will go on sale at a later date.

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 four and a half decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including 6 Pulitzer Prizes and 19 Tony Awards. 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 Casa Valentina; Outside Mullingar; The Assembled Parties; Venus in Fur; Master Class; Good People; The Whipping Man; Time Stands Still; The Royal Family; Ruined; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; 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.'

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

DAVID AUBURN (Playwright). Auburn's plays include The Columnist (MTC/Broadway 2012), The New York Idea (adaptation; Atlantic Theater 2010), An Upset and Amateurs (EST Marathons), The Journals of Mihail Sebastian (Keen Company), and Proof (2001 Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, New York Drama Critics Circle Award). His film work includes The Girl in the Park, starring Sigourney Weaver and Kate Bosworth, which he wrote and directed; and the screenplay for The Lake House, starring Sandra Bullock. Recent stage directing credits include Anna Christie, A Delicate Balance, Tennessee Williams' Period of Adjustment, and Zayd Dohrn's Sick (all Berkshire Theatre Group); and the world premiere of Michael Weller's Side Effects (MCC). He also recently directed the LA Theatreworks radio production of The Columnist. His short plays have been collected in the volume Fifth Planet and Other Plays (DPS). Last year he gave the Esmond Harmsworth Lecture in American Arts and Letters at Oxford's Rothermere American Institute. A former Guggenheim Fellow, he lives in New York City.

DANIEL SULLIVAN (Director) most recently directed The Snow Geese, Orphans, and Glengarry Glen Ross on Broadway. For The Public Theater, Sullivan directed A Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, All's Well That Ends Well, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Stuff Happens, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Among his Broadway credits are The Columnist, Good People, Time Stands Still, Accent on Youth, The Homecoming, Prelude to a Kiss, Rabbit Hole, After the Night and the Music, Julius Caesar, Brooklyn Boy, Sight Unseen, I'm Not Rappaport, Morning's at Seven, Proof, the 2000 production of A Moon for the Misbegotten, Ah, Wilderness!, The Sisters Rosensweig, Conversations with my Father, and The Heidi Chronicles. Among his Off-Broadway credits are The Night Watcher, Intimate Apparel, Far East, Spinning into Butter, Dinner with Friends, and The Substance of Fire. From 1981 to 1997, he served as artistic director of Seattle Repertory Theatre. Sullivan is the Swanlund Professor of Theatre at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

JOHN HAWKES (Hogan). For his outstanding portrayal of real life poet Mark O'Brien in The Sessions, John Hawkes was awarded the Best Actor from the Independent Spirit Awards and was nominated for a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award. The film won the Audience Award and a Special Jury Prize for the Ensemble Cast for the Sundance Film Festival. Hawkes' critically acclaimed performance in Winter's Bone earned him an Independent Spirit Award and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, along with nominations from the Screen Actors Guild and several film critic groups. Other recent film credits include Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, Steven Soderbergh's Contagion and the Sundance hit Martha Marcy May Marlene, for which Hawkes received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Hawkes previously starred in Me and You and Everyone We Know which won a Special Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Additional credits include American Gangster, Miami Vice, Identity, The Perfect Storm, Small Town Saturday Night, Hardball, Wristcutters: A Love Story, The Amateurs, From Dusk Till Dawn, and A Slipping-Down Life. He will next be seen in the Elmore Leonard feature Life of Crime and the independent drama Low Down. On television, Hawkes has starred in two acclaimed series for HBO. He portrayed 'Sol Star' in the critically lauded drama "Deadwood" and starred alongside Danny McBride in the comedy "Eastbound and Down." Born and raised in Minnesota, Hawkes moved to Austin, Texas where he began his career as an actor and musician. He co-founded the Big State Productions theater company and appeared in the group's original play, In the West at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He also starred in the national touring company production of the play Greater Tuna. Hawkes wrote and performed the solo play Nimrod Soul at the Theatre at the Improv and appeared in New York in the 24 Hour Plays.

TRACIE THOMS (Veronica) has had wide-ranging success in film, television and theatre throughout her busy career. Tracie realized a long-held dream when she starred as 'Joanne' in the final weeks of the historic 12 year run of the Broadway musical, Rent. She played the same key role in Sony's film of Rent opposite Rosario Dawson, Taye Diggs and Jesse L. Martin. Tracie was recently seen opposite David Morse in McCanick, with Zoe Bell and Dawson in Raze, opposite Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Christopher Nolan's Looper, and with Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in Safe House. She also starred with Kurt Russell in Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse: Death Proof and opposite Anne Hathaway in David Frankel's The Devil Wears Prada. She'll next be seen in the Columbia Pictures remake of Annie opposite Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis. Tracie starred on Broadway opposite Dulé Hill and Mekhi Phifer in Lydia Diamond and Alicia Keys' Stick Fly, and opposite Alfre Woodard in Regina Taylor's Drowning Crow. She was a lead in the critically acclaimed The Exonerated at The Culture Project Off-Broadway, and she's been featured in The 24 Hour Plays, The 24 Hour Musicals, and the original productions of 10 Things To Do Before I Die for New York's Second Stage Theatre and And Her Hair Went With Her at LA's' Fountain Theatre. Tracie was a series regular on the long-running CBS series, "Cold Case." She starred on the Fox series, "Wonderfalls," recurred on David E. Kelley's CBS series "Harry's Law" and guest starred on "The Shield." Most recently she appeared on "Veep," "Person of Interest," "Suits" and "The Good Wife." Tracie began studying acting in her hometown of Baltimore at age 9. She attended high school at the prestigious Baltimore School for the Arts. Later, she received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Howard University and a graduate degree in acting from New York City's renowned Juilliard School. For the past couple years, she's been performing her cabaret act all over the United States.

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