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Larry Bryggman Joins Albee's 'Occupant' with Ruehl at Signature

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Signature Theatre Company is proud to announce that two-time Emmy winner and Tony nominee Larry Bryggman will join Tony and Academy Award-winning actress Mercedes Ruehl in the world premiere of Edward Albee's Occupant directed by Pam MacKinnon

Albee was Signature's 1993-1994 Playwright-in-Residence.  Edward Albee's Occupant begins performances on May 6, 2008 and continues through June 29 at The Peter Norton Space located at 555 West 42nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues).  The production, previously scheduled to open on May 29, will now have its official opening on June 5.

Signature Theatre Company caps off its 2007-2008 season with a Legacy Production as part of its Premiere Series, which presents new work by former Playwrights-in-Residence. "Edward Albee's Occupant is a portrait of acclaimed sculptor Louise Nevelson and a quest to capture a charismatic and complex artist and persona.  What is the relationship between creator and creation?  Who was Louise Nevelson?  Only she knew," describe press notes.

Sets will be designed by Christine Jones with Costumes by Jane Greenwood and Lights by David Lander.  Tickets will go on sale April 9.

Through The Signature Ticket Initiative, which seeks to make great theatre accessible to the broadest possible audience, all regularly-priced single tickets ($65) are available for $20 during the regular runs of each production for the entire season. The Signature Ticket Initiative continues through Signature's 20th Anniversary Season (2010-2011).

Mercedes Ruehl (Louise Nevelson) last appeared on stage in Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (Drama Desk Award, Tony Award nomination).  Her other stage credits include The Marriage of Bette and Boo (OBIE Award), Lost in Yonkers (Tony Award), and the one-woman play Woman Before a Glass (OBIE Award).

Larry Bryggman (The Man) recently appeared opposite Brad Pitt and Robert Redford in the Universal Studios film Spy Game.  He received Tony Award Nominations for his work in the Broadway productions of Proof and Picnic.  Other Broadway credits include Festen, 12 Angry Men, Prelude to a Kiss, Richard III, and The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel.  He has worked Off-Broadway at The New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, Lincoln Center and the Atlantic Theatre Company, credits including King Lear, Romance, The Cherry Orchard, As You Like It, Henry IV (Parts I and II), Macbeth, Prelude and Liebstod and Coriolanus.

For more information visit www.signaturetheatre.org

Larry Bryggman (photo by Walter McBride / Retna Ltd)

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